Diocese of Jefferson City to close Catholic schools March 18 – April 3

UPDATED APRIL 1, 2020: These protocols have been replaced by a new decree of Bishop McKnight’s Read more here

For Immediate Release

JEFFERSON CITY — The 37 elementary and three high schools in the Diocese of Jefferson City will close March 18-April 3, in service to the common good and in collaboration with both state and local health care officials.

Principals have been provided with the following resources:

  • To meet the educational needs of each student, each school is working towards providing either e-learning or packet-based instruction at the local level.
  • All employees will continue to be paid without interruption. 
  • All extracurricular activities at the schools should be postponed/canceled, including athletics.
  • Families and staff should be discouraged from traveling or hosting in-person gatherings of more than 10 people during this time.

For more information on what Catholic parishes and schools are doing in response to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City includes 38 counties in northeastern and central Missouri and is led by Bishop McKnight.


For Media: Contact Helen Osman, via email or by phone at 512.785.3006.

Parishioners: For more information contact your parish office, and rely on information sent to you from your school administrations.