Dear Parents and Guardians,
Happy Mother's Day! Whether you are a parent or a caring adult in a Blazers' life, we thank you for your dedication to building these strong and compassionate young women!
A quick note of significant importance today.
Last week, the Illinois House of Representatives in Springfield passed HB 2789 with only one Representative speaking against it. This bill would remove local authority and judgment for in-person education and give that oversite to the state going forward.
John Glimco, the Chief of School Governance and Policy from the Archdiocese of Chicago says, "We are very aware of SB309 [or HB2789] and are in opposition. While we do not fear transparency and have done a good job keeping people safe in our schools, we worry that this bill provides excessive oversight by the state (likely impeding upon our independence as Catholic non-public schools). As such, we are pushing back through our advocacy efforts, working alongside the Catholic Conference of Illinois. We have made our principals aware of this bill, encouraging that they assist in the advocation efforts.
In addition to our work at the Archdiocesan level, I’d encourage you to make your voice heard by contacting your local legislators. I am hopeful that this bill will not proceed as it will have a negative impact on all schools and education in Illinois."
Please see the information about HB 2789: Click here
We have been carefully following Covid mitigation guidelines this year. We have been extremely successful and still have no known cases transmitted at Trinity High School. Giving the state this authority could result (for example) in requirements for unnecessary medical testing or expensive infrastructure changes. We would like the opportunity to continue to be allowed to make our own decisions based on our ability to keep your Blazers safe here at Trinity, just as we have this year.
Please consider a call or email to your own Illinois State Senator (you can find them by searching here) to let them know.