Important Fall 2021 Update from Principal Schrantz

June 23, 2021

Dear Josephinum students, families and community,

As we wrap up grades and finalize everything from the 2020-2021 school year and we look forward to the 2021-2022 school year, I am writing to update you about our return to school plans for the fall. Currently, Josephinum intends to return to normal operations at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Specifically, we intend to provide in-person instruction, five days per week, for all students. We also plan to offer our food service program and our co-curricular activities after school, as well as reinstate the Josephinum uniform at the beginning of next school year.

While we are excited to be able to offer in-person instruction five days per week, it is likely that many of our COVID-19 protocols will still be in place as we begin the 2021-2022 school year. With this in mind, students and families should be prepared for continued distancing requirements, mandated mask wearing and strict faculty and student illness policies. We will be sure to remain up to date with the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health guidance, and we will continue to be in communication with our community throughout the summer to update you about our plans as needed. If for some reason state or federal mandates prohibit us from providing full-time, in-person learning, we will be ready to reinstate our hybrid or remote learning programs. 

Since our primary focus will be to return to full-time, in-person learning in the fall, Josephinum will no longer offer remote learning as an option for students who are able to be on campus for in-person learning during the 2021-2022 school year. However, if your student(s) has documented health concerns that put them at high risk for contracting COVID-19 or becoming severely ill from COVID-19, you may request remote learning as an accommodation for your student. To request this accommodation, please fill out this form by Friday, July 16. We will contact families prior to August 1 to talk through each family’s situation and determine eligibility for their student(s). Please note that if your student(s) is granted remote learning as an accommodation for the 2021-2022 school year, her experience with remote learning will not be as robust as it has been this year.   

In returning to Josephinum for the 2021-2022 school year, we strongly encourage that everyone be vaccinated against COVID-19. We will continue to follow and implement the policies of the CDC and IDPH when it comes to mandating the COVID-19 vaccination. In support of this, we are going to be providing an opportunity to be vaccinated on site at Josephinum over the summer. If you or a community member are interested in being vaccinated, please complete the attached form by June 30th.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our students, faculty, staff and families for your patience, understanding and grace as we’ve navigated this school year together. While I am certain next year will not be free of COVID-19 related challenges and opportunities, I am thrilled that we will have students on campus in full capacity as we start the new school year. I look forward to the day when we can come together and celebrate our amazing community together. Until then, let’s continue to support one another and lift up our community. Have a wonderful summer!

Your partner in education,

Principal Colleen Schrantz's signature

Colleen Schrantz, Principal