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Catholic schools cautiously reopen

As LA’s COVID rates drop, more Catholic schools cautiously reopen

After emptying out of their families’ cars into the parking lot of St. Bernard School in Bellflower on March 3, the steady stream of students from kindergarten through sixth grade were met with a banner that included large red block letters: “WE’VE MISSED YOU!”

Aaron De Loera, the principal of the parochial school near the 91 and 605 freeways, described the sight of most of his school’s 200 students returning to classrooms after nearly a full year of distance learning as “true joy.”

“In terms of being ready, we have to abide by the rules, but once that was done, we have to look at the real needs of the students and let God guide us with that mission of the Catholic schools,” said De Loera.

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