by Heidi L. Everett
St. Joseph Catholic School and St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Sartell, along with their sister schools in the Catholic Community Schools system, will begin distance learning Nov. 30 with the hopes for a possible return to in-person learning Jan. 19.
“We know people will be gathering over the holidays, although hopefully to a lesser degree,” said Scott Warzecha, president of CCS. “For this reason, our projected return date has been calculated to get us through the New Year weekend with an additional 14 days following it to ensure that we are giving our students the best possible outcome for returning safely to in-person learning.”
COVID-19 case growth in the St. Cloud metro area is among the highest in the nation.
Catholic Community Schools is a consolidated school system in the Saint Cloud metro area that includes: St. Francis Xavier Catholic School (Sartell), St. Joseph Catholic School (St. Joseph), All Saints Academy (St. Cloud), Cathedral Middle and High School (St. Cloud), Holy Cross School (Pearl Lake/ Marty), St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School (St. Cloud), St. Katharine Drexel School (St. Cloud), St. Mary Help of Christians School (St. Augusta) and St. Wendelin’s Catholic School (Luxemburg/St. Augusta).