They might sort out a student kerfuffle, crunch budget numbers, return a distressed parent’s call or contact a plumber about the leaky toilet in the boys bathroom. It’s all in a day’s work.

Principals deserve a shoutout — this summer more than ever. These multiskilled men and women are mapping out reopening plans amid a global pandemic that isn’t going anywhere soon.

There are state regulations to follow and various scenarios to consider. What if there’s a spike in COVID-19 cases as school starts? What if a family feels uncomfortable returning?

The reopening process is collaborative, with public health experts, teachers, parents and Portland archdiocesan administrators playing an invaluable part. But ultimately, at most schools, the buck stops in the principal’s office.

Two things stand out about the principals in the Portland Archdiocese. First, their humility. There are not a lot of inflated egos guiding the schools. Perhaps it’s who is drawn to the job, or maybe the job whittles away pride. Either way, the principals I’ve interviewed over the years embrace constructive critiques, creativity and innovation.

They also love their Catholic faith. Kelli Clark, principal of St. Ignatius School and the former principal of St. Mary’s Academy, is a convert to Catholicism. I recall sitting in her office one morning chatting about women saints and Catholic writers, her eyes sparkling as she spoke.

Paul Hogan, principal of Jesuit, said in a recent interview that as the high school reopens, Christian service and cultivating students’ spiritual life will be priorities.

Thank you, Catholic school principals, for the long hours, hard work, small egos and big faith you share with young lives. We appreciate you and we are praying for you.