ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The financial strain of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is closing three Catholic elementary schools.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis says that Most Holy Trinity, Christ: Light of the Nations, and St. Joseph in Manchester will all be closing at the end of this semester.
Parents of students at those schools received an email Friday and some say they found out in a group chat that the schools would be closing permanently.
The archdiocese says it analyzed the financial feasibility of the schools after the impact of the virus. They wrote each school’s situation is unique but the support they receive has been affected by the suspension of mass.
All of them have received financial support from the archdiocese and its parishes. But the loss of contributions after the suspension of public mass was too much to keep the schools open.
Parents gathered at Most Holy Trinity in north St. Louis and say they wish they would have been a part of the conversation and that their kids will now go through yet another change.
The archdiocese says those students will have a guaranteed spot at St. Louis Catholic Academy. The students from the other two schools will attend the closest schools to them.