March 12: Late in the evening on March 12, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), all K-12 school buildings — public, private, and boarding — would be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen to students on Monday, April 6. This includes all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit, both archdiocesan and independent.
In order to faithfully execute Governor Whitmer’s order and to ensure the safety, health, and welfare of all students and school employees, the Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Schools Department issued this letter to parents, faculty, and school constituents, providing further instructions regarding the closures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Principals, if there are questions not addressed here that you feel should be added, or questions which you feel require additional explanation, please submit them here.
If you have additional questions, please contact your associate superintendent.
What do I do if I get asked to visit a hospital or other health care facility for an anointing related to COVID-19?
A priest should contact the hospital or health care facility for the anointing as some of these institutions have put in place specific protocols to ensure the safety of their patients and the visitors. In some extreme cases, pastoral visits have been limited to only those who are in imminent danger of death. If you encounter a problem with a facility not allowing a priest to administer Anointing of the Sick, please contact Fr. Steve Pullis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-354-1254.
If you would like general advice on the pastoral care of the sick or specific advice on visiting those who are suspected of having or have been confirmed to have COVID-19, Fr. Rich Bartoszek, Chaplain at Grosse Pointe Beaumont Hospital, has generously offered priests to call him at 586-291-6090.