Jeannie Ray-Timoney, Catholic schools superintendent
Jeannie Ray-Timoney, Catholic schools superintendent
The Archdiocese of Portland’s Department of Catholic Schools has decided to close all archdiocesan schools beginning Monday, March 16, as a means to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The department, which made the announcement March 13, has been following updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority. It made the decision after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordered the state’s public schools to cancel classes through March 31.

Catholic schools also will be closed through the end of the month, but the schools department may extend the closure further.

“We know that many families are facing hardships during this unusual time,” said Jeannie Ray-Timoney, Catholic schools superintendent, in a statement Friday. “It is affecting everyone in different ways. We pray that each of you will experience God’s grace to guide you through.”

Schools have plans in place for distance/digital learning to keep the educational process moving forward, according to the schools department, and each school will communicate its plan to students and parents.

For updates from the Department of Catholic Schools, go to: schools.archdpdx.org/coronavirus