Bishop Richard Pates, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Joliet, announced Tuesday that the 52 Catholic schools in the diocese will open this fall.
The bishop has appointed a task force headed by Rev. Burke Masters to prepare the schools so that each will fully comply with necessary provisions to make the particular school safe in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pates also noted that the re-opening of diocesan parishes has gone very well. The vast majority of parishes are now celebrating Mass again.
In order to open, each parish had to be certified that certain, defined safety measures were in place. A similar certification process will be developed for the schools.
The Diocese of Joliet serves nearly 17,000 students in 42 elementary schools, eight high schools and two preschools in five counties including DuPage, Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall and Will.