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How our students continued their learning during COVID-19

March 24, 2020
A file photo showing learning materials.

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids closed their buildings in mid-March to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Learning did not stop, though.

Teachers, together with the hard work and assistance of parents, worked to provide the full value of a Catholic education. They continued introducing new content, standards, instruction and assessment according to our curriculum. This instructional material included a variety of formats, including live online video lessons from teachers, recorded videos, reading assignments, and more.

These efforts helped ensure that student learning continued with success while navigating the challenge of COVID-19.

See some examples of these learning activities in the social media posts embedded below.

Infographic about remote learning at West Catholic. From mid-March through the end of the 2019-20 school year, Catholic schools around the diocese provided 53 days of remote learning!

Individual instruction at Divine Providence Academy

Teachers across the diocese collaborated in weekly conversations about best practices

Catholic Central High School honors the class of 2020

Ludington Area Catholic School students participating in the Global Day of Prayer and Action for Humanity

Sophomore scientists from Portland St. Pat's demonstrate homemade DNA models

Virtual field day at Muskegon Catholic Central

San Juan Diego Academy students made birdfeeders from recycled material for Earth Day

3rd grade religion work at St. Paul the Apostle

March is Reading Month activities at St. John Vianney

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,340 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.