Coronavirus Updates

March 24, 2020

March 23, 2020

March 21, 2020

March 20, 2020

March 19, 2020

March 16, 2020

  • Superintendent of Schools Thomas Chadzutko, Ed. D., has announced today all elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens will remain closed until April 20, 2020. The decision mirrors the New York City public schools announcement made last night. Learn More

March 13, 2020

  • The Diocese released further information pertaining to churches and liturgy, schools, and religious education programs. Learn More
  • All elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will be closed during the Week of March 16, 2020 to March 20,2020. Learn More
  • We are meeting daily via conference call with the New York City Department of Health, Representatives from the Mayor’s and the New York City Department of Education.
  • The situation is changing hourly and we are doing our best to provide you with the most to date information. In addition, we ask that you continue to check the various websites if you require additional information
  • We are also coordinating efforts within the agencies of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

March 12, 2020 – Update

  • Since the news of the COVID-19 has reached us, we have enhanced the methods and procedures used in the daily cleaning and deep cleaning of our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, with more frequent use of disinfectants with attention to electronics, hard surfaces and frequently-touched items such as door handles, faucets, light switches and telephones using CDC approved guidelines.
  • Both in school and no doubt at home, children have been educated in the importance of thorough handwashing, and the best ways to carry that out. Several times a day, our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are putting that into practice as students are brought to the rest rooms at regular intervals so as to maintain the best possible hygiene, with reminders and tips from their teachers.
  • In the event that one of our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools has a student, teacher or staff member that tests positive for COVID-19, we will follow the directions of the NYC Dept of Health and close the school for a minimum of 48 hours in order to fully assess with government officials the implications for the school community and to ensure a full sanitization is carried out by qualified, licensed cleaning professionals as outlined by CDC disinfection guidelines.
  • A reality we recognize is the nearly inevitable likelihood that some of our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will be exposed to the virus, or in fact themselves has a confirmed case of COVID-19. To that end, it is important that we (and you) become familiar with some terminology:
    • If you are in direct contact with someone who has come down with the virus—or who is diagnosed with it shortly after—you would be considered Primary.
    • Anyone who came in contact with you would be considered Secondary.
    • Anyone who came in contact with a Secondary person is considered Tertiary.
  • Additionally, as per current CDC requirements, students and personnel returning from a country that the CDC classifies as Level 3 (Italy, China, South Korea, and Iran), would be required to remain home for 14 days from the date you returned to New York and provide the letter of medical clearance from a licensed medical professional.   Click here for regularly-updated travel information from the CDC.

To view the recent letter to our parents on March 2, 2020, click here.

USEFUL LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FOR TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

New York State Department of Health

New York State Education Department

U.S. Department of Education

World Health Organization

New York State Center for School Health

National Institutes of Health

County Health Officials of New York (NYS County Health Department Contact Information & Websites)

National Association of School Psychologists Corona Resources

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

Fear of Coronavirus- A Good Time to Talk to Kids About Keeping Fears Realistic and Manageable. Lois M. Collins, Deseret News, Jan. 28, 2020

How Do You Talk to Children About Coronavirus? Stay Honest and Simple to Avoid Anxiety, Gene Myers NorthJersey.com, USA Today, Feb. 28, 2020

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus (and Ease Their Fears), Vivian Manning-Schaffel, NBC News, Updated March 2, 2020 

Prior Updates: 

    • Effective Monday, March 9, 2020 all Field Trips are cancelled through Easter at which time the situation will be re-assessed.