The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno

Catholic School Physically Closed For Remainder Of Year – Distance Learning Continues

April 3, 2020
Diocese of Fresno – Office of Catholic Schools
Mona Faulkner, Superintendent

The decision has been made that all Catholic school sites in the Diocese of Fresno will remain closed for the remainder of the current school year. Distant learning will continue in all 21 schools until the last instructional day in May.

We realize that our seniors and 8th graders are deeply disappointed that the traditional graduation ceremonies and privileges will not be occurring this spring. However, each school is eager to plan a celebration, hopefully in early summer, that will honor the accomplishments of these talented graduates.

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