St. Benedict Elementary School opened its doors to students who opted for in-person learning on Aug. 28.

Located at 2324 New St., in Blue Island, St. Benedict School offered families the option to select in-person or virtual learning. The in-person option provides five full days per week.

With either option, the same content is addressed with the same teacher, providing continuity in learning no matter the circumstance. Small class sizes enable students to receive intentional and individualized instruction. There is a strong commitment to being responsive and innovative as the school prepares students for success in college and career readiness.

The school carefully and consistently adheres to Illinois State Board of Education guidelines for in-person learning, Cook County Health Department guidelines and Archdiocese of Chicago procedures. This allows the school to ensure the safest possible environment for its students.

For the safety of in-person students, St. Benedict School has implemented processes and procedures that maximize safety, learning and the well-being of everyone inside of the building.

Some of these safety precautions and measures include the following: Specified distancing throughout the day and mask wearing; cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas throughout the day and deep cleaning of each room nightly; cohort models so that the same students are together, even in before- and after-school care; social and emotional learning standards to ensure holistic well-being.

St. Benedict’s top priority is to ensure that everyone in the building is safe, healthy and happy. The school remains committed to building a community of learners with academic rigor and attention to progress, no matter the learning environment.

The school currently offers a scholarship to students who transfer from a public school. This initiative is to assist families as they traverse the restrictions of the pandemic.

St. Benedict also continues to offer before- and after-school care from 6:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.

St. Benedict School is committed to providing a high-quality, faith-based instruction that the community has known and trusted for generations. Scholarships and financial assistance are available.

For more information or an application, call (708) 385-2016 or visit the website at stbenbi.org.