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Welcome Back to School!

As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, Bishop Barry Knestout and Superintendent Kelly Lazzara reflect on the many challenges we have faced together over the past 18 months. They express their appreciation to staff, students and families for their devotion to Catholic education and share their excitement for the new school year.

Welcome Back to School Message – The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout
 A Message from the Superintendent of Schools – Kelly Lazzara

Our schools very successfully navigated being open 5 days a week for the 2020-2021 school year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was possible because of the hard work and dedication of our school administrators, faculty, staff, students, and parents.

It is time now to look ahead to the 2021-2022 school year. We are committed to having our teachers and students in a safe and supportive environment to enhance their academic, social, emotional, and spiritual development. The most current information is available below.

We are grateful for our school administrators, leadership teams, faculty and advisory boards as they make their final preparations for the opening of school. We are thankful for all our parents and students for supporting their schools and for their commitment to Catholic education.

Updated Face Mask Policy for the Beginning of the 2021-2022 School Year, 8-12-21

(RICHMOND, Va) – Following today’s (Aug. 12, 2021) announcement by Virginia’s State Health Commissioner, the Office of Catholic Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond is updating its COVID-19 health mitigation measures to be compliant with the statewide public health emergency order. The State Health Commissioner Order, requiring the wearing of face masks in K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status, goes into effect Aug. 12, 2021 and can be read here.

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Richmond begin their academic year on Monday, Aug. 23.

In addition to the updated mask mandate, Catholic schools in our diocese will continue to follow guidance given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and consult as needed with health officials to protect the well-being, health and safety of students and staff.