Robb Elementary alumni welcomed to Sacred Heart Catholic School in Uvalde, principal talks about safety upgrades


The majority of new Sacred Heart enrollees previously attended Robb Elementary School, according to principal Joseph Olan.

UVALDE, Texas — Sacred Heart Catholic School in Uvalde opened Monday morning to more than 100 students, including children who once attended Robb Elementary School.

“Schools must be beacons of hope,” said Joseph Olan, principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School in Uvalde.

At least a dozen Robb Elementary students have enrolled in Sacred Heart following the May 24 mass shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead.

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“At that time, I couldn’t tell you exactly Robb’s number. I just know it’s important and that’s probably the majority of our new students,” Olan said.

The first day of school for students, families and staff began with Mass with Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, followed by celebration in a newly renovated cafeteria and activity center.

More than $1.5 million in contributions from multiple donors has gone to help families pay for their children’s school fees and improve school safety.

Sacred Heart installed an 8-foot steel fence around the campus and implemented a main entrance security screening system. Windows is also on track to receive major updates.

“In September we will have ballistic grade windows and reinforced steel framed windows and doors close by so these coatings will protect our school. We are very safe,” Olan said. “We know the police in Uvalde – they will be stepping up patrols during the school day around the school – so that will also help.”

Olan hopes the security improvements will reduce anxiety and fear among Sacred Heart families, while keeping “Uvalde Strong.”

“We do a lot of outreach for families in the community, so moving forward this year, I really think people need to witness the difference, and by witnessing the difference here at Sacred Heart, you will walk away really knowing that these students are not only safe, but they have God at the center of their lives, and we’re building a solid academic foundation from that,” Olan said.

Sacred Heart Catholic School in Uvalde is always accepting new students.

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