Joliet Catholic Academy among schools returning this Fall


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Joliet Catholic Academy (JCA) announced in news release Saturday, students will return to campus this Fall.

JCA is working through several plans of action for reinstating campus operations with the final determination of how and when to open this summer based on federal, state and local health guidelines. The co-educational Catholic college prep high school has created a re-opening task force follow government guidelines in determining the safest means of operation to return to class.

“We are all anticipating returning to campus in the fall and are eager to celebrate school-life together,” said JCA president/principal Dr. Jeffrey Budz. “We are taking every possible health precaution and preparing for all scenarios. So, while normal may look a little different in the fall, we are excited to reunite safely with our JCA Angel and Hilltopper family.”

Students will return to start classes on campus for the 2020-2021 school year, beginning in August.

On June 4th, the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health released guidelines for returning to summer school and other activities in Phase 3 of Restore Illinois.   JCA says they will work with the newly-formed tasked force in modifying classroom setups, common area access, athletic and after school activities, and event protocols to incorporate social distancing.

“The Catholic religious instruction, size, location, and tradition of Joliet Catholic Academy has made it the number one choice for families choosing Catholic education in Joliet, Plainfield, Shorewood, Minooka, and surrounding areas in Will County”, said JCA Director of Admissions Ryan Quigley. “The smaller class sizes and individualized attention for every student has been a calling card, uniquely positioning our students to have success during the COVID-19 pandemic in any classroom setting.”

Hybrid learning has not been ruled out of the school’s return to classroom plans.

School will resume with staff training, beginning August 13th and students returning to school beginning August 17th and 18th for freshman orientation. 

The first official day of classes will be held August 19th.


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