I have received the information below to provide parents who are choosing to have their child/children receive virtual learning for September 2020.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM – PARENT INFORMATION SESSIONS
As we begin the 2020-2021 academic year, we know that it will be an incredibly unique year, and students and families will have diverse needs and preferences.
To provide the best Catholic education possible, and to give options for those who cannot, or prefer not, to return to the classroom at all this fall, a 100% distance learning opportunity and option for students of the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens will be provided.
The St Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program will be the distance education provider for students of our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, who will not be returning to the classroom.
Information sessions to review program details and answer questions about this online choice, will be held via live ZOOM webinars. The recording of these sessions will be made available online after the meetings.
These sessions will cover the rationale, scope, learning expectations and next steps to enroll your child in the 100% distance learning option. (Separate meetings have been, or will be held by your principal to discuss the in-person, and hybrid class planning at your academy.)
You will meet the Principal of the program, Manuela Adsuar-Pizzi, and learn how it will work and how your child will remain enrolled at the home academy, while receiving virtual classes and distance learning through the St Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program
Please register to attend either session:
We look forward to partnering with you, your child, and our network of Catholic educators to provide each child the education they deserve.
The Office of the Superintendent has provided our academies with the following information.
Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy
Frequently Asked Questions
How will my student access remote learning materials? Will Saint Thomas
Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy students be provided with devices?
Every Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy will receive the
necessary tools and materials, including either an iPad, or a Chrome book for remote
learning. In order to keep students connected and be able to meet instructional
requirements when learning remotely, every student will also have access to Google
Classroom, and other apps.
How will my child grow as a Catholic Christian at Saint Thomas Aquinas
Distance Learning Catholic Academy?
St. Thomas Aquinas believed that each child is created in the image and likeness of God,
and the school community shares in the responsibility to help all students develop their
God-given talents, to the best of their ability. Students will take an active role in
understanding and participating in their faith formation. Catholic Christian doctrine
will be taught through meaningful lessons and activities, integrated through rich
multimedia, relevant and connected to the student’s life.
Can my child begin at Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic
Academy in September, and return to their home school anytime during the school
The intent for all students enrolled in Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic
Academy is to complete the entire 2020-2021 school year. Parents may choose to return
to their home school upon the completion of the first trimester, subject to seat
availability in the home school.
Who will be my child’s teacher at Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning
Catholic Academy? Will my child be taught by a teacher from his/her home
All classes will be taught by teachers, specifically chosen to be part of this distance
learning Catholic academy. Within the Diocese of Brooklyn there are high-quality
teachers minitsering throughout all the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in
Brooklyn and Queens. Parents and students can expect the same caliber of teacher, with
Will my children know any of the other students enrolled in Saint Thomas
Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy?
While creating class sections, the school administration will make every effort to have
same grade level children from a particular home school be placed together.
Does my child have to wear a Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic
Academy school uniform?
Students will not be expected to purchase a Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning
Catholic Academy school uniform, however when classes are in session, students will be
expected to wear their home school’ s uniform.
Will my child be learning the same curriculum as his/her classmates in their home
All students attending Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy will
have courses aligned to the New York Learning Standards. The instructional plan is to
provide each student with access to the Savvas Realize digital instructional platform.
Students will have access to the most up-to-date instructional materials, including
digital versions of Reading Street, Elevate Science, enVision Mathematics, My World
Interactive Social Studies series, and My Perspectives Reading and Writing series.
Will my child be using the same books as his classmates at his home school?
Instructional materials used throughout all Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are
aligned to the New York Learning Standards. Many of the schools within the Diocese
use Pearson/Savvas products. All products being used at Saint Thomas Aquinas
Distance Learning Catholic Academy will be the most up-to-date digital versions.
How will I be able to contact my child’s teacher, if I have questions?
Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy will establish protocols to
communicate with families, including, but not limited to teacher emails, Microsoft
Teams and Zoom meetings, and other tools.
How will Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy share
learning experiences with families?
Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy will use a multi-pronged
approach to help families engage with learning. Teachers will post assignments in
Google Classroom and meet with students via Google Meet. Additionally, teachers may
have synchronous online office hours where learners and parents can meet and discuss
the learning units of study, which have been developed. Also, the teachers and school
leader will respond to all emails from students and parents as soon as possible, within a
maximum 24-hour timeframe.
What will be Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy’s
Your child will be assessed continuously and will receive progress reports and report
cards. Detailed information about the grading policies will be provided, when the
school year begins.
How can I support my child’s learning if we have multiple children at home?
Creating schedules and having quiet places for study will help, when multiple children
are attempting their schoolwork each day.
How will I know that my child is staying on track with his/her learning?
There will be many ways in which Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic
Academy teachers will be involved in monitoring the progress of students and sharing
this information with families. Your child’s teacher will provide feedback through
various digital platforms and will be available to students and their families during
designated office hours.
What if my child has an IEP or receives Special Education services?
Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy is currently investigating
all possible service delivery methods to provide Special Education supports and
services. Student’s Individual Education Plans will be carefully reviewed, and services
will be based on an individual student need basis.
How will my child’s attendance be taken and recorded?
Attendance recording will occur through a child’s daily meetings and interactions with
their teachers. Attendance data will be monitored, to ensure that students are engaged in
their learning and to follow up with families where there are concerns.
My child is a high performing student, how will he/she be challenged, have his/her
Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy will be adopting the
adaptive learning system, iReady. Through periodic assessments, the iReady learning
system will develop individualized student learning plans to support student
My child will be entering the 8th grade, will the high school application process be
coordinated by Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy?
Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy is a full-service educational
program. Teachers will be responsible for the coordination of the high school
articulation process and will communicate with the home school for any needed student
data/records retrieval purposes.
There will be on-going communication between Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance
Learning Catholic Academy and the home school, throughout the entire high school
The following information below has been sent to us by the Diocese of Brooklyn Superintendent’s office for parents interested in Virtual Distance Learning in our academies.
August 10, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians of Catholic Academy and Parish School Students,
On Friday, August 7, 2020, Governor Cuomo informed New York State that all schools
can open for in-person instruction, beginning in September 2020. Our Catholic
Academies and Parish Schools have been preparing school re-opening plans, so that
children could return to safe and healthy school environments, which will adhere closely
to New York State, New York City, and Center for Disease Control guidelines and
COVID-19 has impacted families differently, with many families not certain that
inperson learning is the best choice for their children at this time. Hearing the need to
support families with their educational choices, the Office of the
Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services will be launching a Diocesan-wide
distance learning Catholic academy. Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic
Academy will serve as a full-time distance learning option for students in Kindergarten
through Grade 8. The distance learning Catholic academy is intended to support the
Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn and enable
families to remain enrolled at their current Catholic Academy/Parish School but receive
their instruction remotely.
Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy has been established to
provide a Christ-centered instructional program, which is student-centered,
differentiated and academically challenging, using diagnostic testing and frequent
benchmark indicators to accurately, regularly measure student progress. Teachers will
communicate student learning expectations, provide resources, collect assignments, and
provide feedback, using a platform most appropriate to meet student needs.
A principal has been hired to oversee the development and implementation of Saint
Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy’s academic and faith formation
programs. At the present, a talented team of experienced teachers, with experience in
digital teaching is being assembled.
Virtual conferences will be set-up, during the week of August 17th, allowing all
interested families to receive additional information about Saint Thomas Aquinas
Distance Learning Catholic Academy. Enclosed with this letter is a copy of a
Frequently Asked Questions handout, and a programmatic details handout. It is our
hope that the handouts will provide you with additional information.
Continued prayers for you, and your family!
Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.
Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services
Diocese of Brooklyn
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP
SOUTH OZONE PARK
Identifying the Re-Opening Plan for Our
Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy
for September 2020
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy has identified Plan A for
full re-opening in September 2020, preparing for the return of all
students enrolled whose families have chosen their child to receive inschool,
have chosen Distance/virtual digital instruction at home. The school
hours will be 8 to 3 for both in school students and students receiving
real time instruction at home. Yet, in the event of the need for
transitioning to full Distance Learning, all protocols already exist as our
academy will in September 2020 be providing synchronous instruction
to 51 families who has chosen only Digital Remote Learning for their
• All CDC, NYS, and DOH Guidelines for Social Distancing of 6 ft.
between every student/person, hand and respiratory hygiene, testing,
and tracing will be adhered to. Face coverings will be used by all
students, teachers, teacher assistants, teacher aides, custodians, office
staff, administration, and all visitors.
• Separating students in a grade into several classroom, depending on
enrollment, will occur allowing for only a maximum of 15 students per
classroom, 6 ft. apart to allow for social distancing. Markings in the
room with taping of every other desk allows students to identify their
place in any classroom. Markings on the floors and walls for one-way
hall direction and 6 ft. spacing allows students to consistently see
where to stand.
• Each grade will have one or two teachers depending on grade
enrollment. Teacher assistants will be used to supervise in an adjacent
room the remaining students from a particular grade who are receiving
synchronous instruction, in real time, through a digital device and/or the
Smartboard in the room. All students would have digital devices to
always be connected to the teacher for instruction or guidance during
individual or group work.
• According to CDC guidance, the students would remain in the same
classroom all day to allow for the least amount of contact with others.
Instead, teachers will switch from class to class. The teacher using
multisensory, interdisciplinary lessons would begin instruction for 15-20
minutes to all students. Through the Google Meet or Zoom platform, all
classrooms of that grade will receive simultaneous instruction by the
teacher, including students at home. After the presentation of the
lesson, during differentiated instruction, the teacher and teacher
assistant would switch classrooms to allow the practice part of the
lesson to include differentiation in instruction. Group letters (rather than
proximity of seating) would identify groupings of students in school or at
home receiving the same resources, content, and intervention for both
advanced/challenging instruction or remediation.
• Hand sanitizers will be in each room, and disinfection of everything in
the classroom, restrooms, and halls, etc. will occur daily, as well as
sanitizing during the day of restrooms and halls. An isolation area will
be set up in the event students becomes ill.
• The principal will be responsible for developing the plan, affirming to
having read and adhere to its guidance.
Creating well defined entrance protocols
for students, teachers, and visitors
• Our Lady of Perpetual Catholic Academy plans to open our
Academy incorporating Plan A which entails the full opening for all
students who have chosen in-classroom instruction versus
home/virtual instruction. Yet, in the event of the need for
transitioning to full Distance Learning, all protocols already exist as
our academy has and will continue to provide Distance Learning if
necessary. In September 2020, as well as providing a full
opening, face-to-face instruction, our academy will be providing
synchronous instruction through Distance Learning to 51 students
whose parents have chosen only Digital Remote Learning for their
child/children. All CDC, NYS, and DOH Guidelines for Social
Distancing of 6 ft. between every person will be adhered to in
every part of the school building, classrooms, restrooms,
entrances and exists, isolation areas, and offices.
• There are four entrance possibilities for entering the building for
students. All students by grade will be assigned one of the
entrance options – Option A, B, C, and D. Line up at each option
entrance for the students will occur with designated markings of 6
ft. apart, and everyone entering the school must have a face
covering. Option A, at the right front of the building, will be
assigned to Pre-K3, Pre-4, and Kindergarten students. Option B,
at the front main entrance of the building, will be assigned to grade
1 and grade 2. Option C, the right back of the school building, will
be assigned to grades 3, 4 and 5. Option D, on the left entrance
at the back of the school building, will be assigned to grades 6, 7,
• Teachers, teacher assistants and teacher aides report at 7:30 a.m.
and enter through the side entrance of the school building
designated only for them, report to their classrooms, and then at
7:55 a.m. report to the entrance and monitor social distancing
where their students will be entering. Visitors, wearing face
coverings, and following social distancing, are permitted to enter
through the front main entrance of the building where the secretary
will sign them in. Only essential visitors are encouraged to enter
the building assuring the least amount of exposure to the students.
Adults using N95 masks are positioned in each of the Option A, B,
C, D and side entrances with no contact infrared thermometers
taking the temperature of the students, teachers, and visitors as
they enter the building.
• Entering the building, floor and wall markings, 6 ft. apart, will be
visible for one-direction flow hallways. When existing the school
premises, the same assigned options used for morning entrance
will be used for existing the building. Parents will be informed of
pick-up staggered dismissal times, as well as specific procedures
for pick-up areas.
Developing routines for daily health checks
• Each morning adults, wearing N95 masks, are positioned in
each of the Option A, B, C, D, and teacher side entrance with
no contact infrared thermometers taking the temperature of
the students, teachers, teacher assistants, teacher aides, and
visitors as they enter the building. Parents/guardians and
school personnel will be instructed that any student or staff
member with a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
and/or symptoms of possible Covid 19 virus will be sent to the
isolation area to be picked up by a parent/guardian.
• Academy personnel will check daily for the following
symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory syndrome in Children
(MIS-C) associated with COVID 19, which is a serious
condition associated with COVID 19 in children and youth.
The DOH academy nurse will notify the parent/guardian if
their child shows any of the following symptoms: fever,
abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot
eyes, and feeling extra tired. The nurse will instruct the
parent/guardian that the child be referred for immediate follow
up with a healthcare provider. The student will be permitted to
re-enter class only with doctor’s clearance.
• All personnel and families will be instructed to stay home
when feeling ill. We will actively encourage employees and
students who are ill or have recently been in close contact
with a person with COVID 19 to stay home. Personnel
becoming ill during class time will be asked to go immediately
to their physician for testing and a teacher assistant would
take his/her place for the day. Students becoming ill will be
accompanied to the isolation area to be picked up by parent,
and the remaining students will be moved to another
classroom till the area has been disinfected. All personnel
and student health checks will be conducted safely and
respectfully and in accordance with any applicable privacy
laws and regulations. The academy principal and the DOH
academy nurse will be the persons designated responsible for
responding to staff and families regarding the COVID 19
• In the event that large-scale testing becomes necessary
where 3 or more students out of 15 become ill, arrangements
will be made for in-school testing of personnel and students.
We are awaiting directives from the DOH regarding protocol
for such a situation.
• Training of personnel to recognize the COVID 19 symptoms:
fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or
body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat,
congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
Developing protocols for social distancing
in the classroom
• All parents/guardians were provided with the option
of in-school instruction or distance digital instruction
for their child. The following protocols for social
distancing in the classroom will be shared with all
school personnel, students, board of directors,
families, church and community.
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy will
be following all social distancing guidelines;
therefore, classroom will have 15 students allowing
for the students and teacher personnel to be 6 ft.
apart. Taped off areas on classroom floors,
hallways, walls, and line-up areas etc. would
identify the 6 ft. social distancing for each area.
• Students will remain in the classroom and teachers
will switch classrooms, therefore, restricting hallway
movement and limiting exposure to large numbers
of students. All special subject teachers will come
to the individual classrooms.
• All students will have lunch in the classroom and
only during assigned times will a class proceed,
with social distancing, to the schoolyard for fresh
• All student textbooks, digital devices, personal
items, and resources will be labeled for individual
student use. Shared items will not be permitted.
Therefore, allowing students to maintain 6 ft.
distance when using resources in the classroom.
Developing a plan for social distancing outside of the
classroom in highly populated areas like
hallway/locker areas, restrooms, locker rooms,
lunchroom/cafeteria, the library, etc. This includes a
plan for Mass and extra-curricular activities.
• Social distancing throughout the building such as in the hallway will be
designated by markings along the floor 6 ft. apart. One direction flow
hallways will allow students not to travel in the hallways face to face.
Teachers and teacher assistants monitor students to ensure procedures
presented to them at the beginning of the year are understood and
• Staggered scheduling among the teachers on the floor will allow for
only one class of 15 students being accompanied by the teacher to go
to the restroom. If a student during class time must use the restroom,
procedure calls for two students, advised to walk 6 ft. apart, will go to
the rest room, if someone is already there, they will wait outside till the
• Signs will be posted in highly visible locations such as school
entrances, exits, restrooms, etc. that promote everyday protective
measures, such as properly washing hands, safe hygiene protocols,
and wearing face coverings.
• Lunch will be sent up to the classrooms; therefore, there is no need for
students to proceed to the cafeteria.
• All special teachers will be going directly to the classroom. We do not
have locker rooms or locker areas.
• Our breakfast and after-school programs, as well as all extra-curricular
activities will be held in the auditorium. Three Cohorts will be identified
in the following way – Cohort I – Pre-k3, Pre-k4, Kindergarten, Cohort II
– Grades 2, 3, 4, Cohort III – Grades 5 and 6. The moderators present
with have more than 15 students, 6 ft. apart wearing face coverings,
and maintaining hygiene protocols for disinfecting of materials needed.
• First Friday Mass, as well as other religious events, will follow the same
CDC guidelines of students being seated 6 ft. apart, with facial
covering, and receiving Holy Communion only in the hand, removing
the facial covering just to put Jesus in their mouth.
• All social distancing of 6 ft. in our breakfast and after-school program
will be possible in our school auditorium. Students in these programs
as well as the supervising teachers will have to use face coverings.
Parents picking up their children are mandated to wear face coverings
and maintain 6 ft. distance from the group.
• Students utilizing DOE transportation buses must adhere to face
coverings, safety belts, and 6 ft. social distancing. We await guidance
from NYC DOE.
Developing scheduling options to facilitate
reduced capacity at school
• In order to facilitate the reduced capacity of
the school, and also, alleviate concern for
sending their child/children, to face-to-face
instruction, parents have been provided with
the option of Distance Digital Instruction.
• As a result, 51 students of our 446 enrollment
will be receiving virtual instruction at home
through Google Meet or Zoom. Parents were
requested to inform us by email if they chose
• To accommodate social distance requirements
based on enrollment of each grade, all empty
classrooms, as well as the faculty room, title I
room, and reimagining as classrooms other
areas such as the auditorium separated by
movable dividers, etc. are being used to
maintain this safety requirement.
• Limiting visitors during the time the students
are in class is a priority; therefore, the
scheduling of parent appointments after
school hours is necessary to limit exposure of
the children to others.
Creating a plan to handle confidentiality issues
• All personnel and student health checks
will be conducted safely and respectfully
and in accordance with any applicable
privacy laws and regulations.
• A confidential communication system for
staff, students and families will be used for
self-reporting of symptoms. For example,
if a teacher becomes ill, he/she will call
the principal’s cell phone and be
immediately relieved to see the nurse.
• Students who appear to be ill, or selfreport illness, will be sent to the nurse’s
office with a written note. All
conversations will be held confidential by
the teacher, nurse, and principal.
• If a student, teacher or any other school
personnel or school visitor were in close
or proximate contact with others at the
school location and tests positive for
COVID 19, the principal and/or the DOH
nurse will immediately notify and
cooperate with state and local health
departments with contact tracing efforts,
including notification of potential contacts,
such as other students, teachers, school
personnel or school visitors, who had
close or proximate contact with the
individual, while maintaining confidentiality
required by state and federal law and
Procuring the necessary supplies for hygiene
like hand sanitizer, wipes with bleach, etc.
• To ensure that all CDC disinfecting protocols are
followed, we have requested through the Diocese
of Brooklyn, Rocklyn, to be included in the
purchase of a Sanitizing Bulk Package consisting of
a Hydro Fog Machine, Diamond 1000 DSV
Disinfectant Sanitizer and Virucide, Respirator
Mouth and Nose, Replacement cartridges.
• After August 15, Rocklyn will come into our
academy building and sanitize the complete school
• In all our classrooms and offices, we have hand
sanitizers that dispense disinfecting lotion.
• We have purchased some items such as household
bleach, but now we await instructions to purchase
in bulk when we order for the academy with other
Creating a plan for deep-cleaning of facilities and
high touch areas daily, between alternate
schedules, in the case of evidence of positive
• Daily deep-cleaning of our facility with be done of
the whole school building with the Hydro Fog
Disinfecting machine. After this procedure, all
banisters, doorknobs, and highly touched areas will
be disinfected with a mixture of diluted household
bleach or NYS DEC and EPA registered household
• Three to four times a day, disinfection of restrooms
• In the event that a student or teacher becomes ill
and tests positive, the area or room will be closed
off and will not be used until cleaning and
disinfecting. It is recommended to wait at least 24
hours before cleaning and disinfecting or as long as
Developing any necessary protocols for wearing
face masks including creating plans for students
with sensory issues
• The recommendation by the CDC of wearing
face coverings will be reinforced at the
academy. Therefore, all teachers, teacher
aids, teacher assistants, students, office
personnel, custodians, parents, visitors, etc.
must enter the school building with a face
• All parents have been informed that their
children must be sent to school with a face
covering of their choice. Therefore, any child
that needs a specific face covering because of
sensory issues can use a face covering
provided by the family that is acceptable to the
• There will be face masks available for those
students or teachers that do not come in with
a face covering. There will be kn95 and n95
masks available for those who will be taking
the temperature in the morning.
• I have completed the survey for supplies and
face covering needs requested by Christina
Reviewing and updating the Emergency
All emergency plans are reviewed and updated with
parents and all other stakeholders through an email
blast to each individual parent/guardian. Also, a
copy of the plan is immediately placed on our
website and the child’s homeroom teacher’s
All changes such as school closings are noted
immediately and notification goes out to all faculty,
parents, office personnel, board of directors, and
pastor as soon as possible via our emergency relay
Periodically surveying stakeholders to
evaluate programming and support and
The academy will each trimester of the school year
survey teachers, students, and parents to evaluate
and make adjustments to the academy’s procedures
and protocols according to the needs of the
Parent Zoom meetings can be arranged to
brainstorm with parents about programming.
I pray you and your dear children are well. I have spent several weeks in the process of writing our Re-opening Plan for September 2020. It is to be completed and submitted to the Department of Education and the Department of Health. Shortly after its submission, it will be emailed to all parents, as well as posted on this website, and the teachers’ homework pages. I assure you that I have spent countless hours working of this re-opening plan, including all CDC guidelines, in order to ensure that our dear children would be as safe as possible.
Below also find a letter from our Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn to all parents of our school children. I continue to pray for your well being and a safe, restful summer.
July 29, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians of Catholic Academy and Parish School Students,
The changes in our lives due to the COVID-19 have been many. Unfortunately, the impact of the virus continues to change the most fundamental aspects of how we live, including how we hold school, which is the purpose of this letter. While we cannot predict what the COVID-19 pandemic will look like this fall, the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are planning to implement a number of enhanced health and safety measures, based on guidance from local health and government authorities.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), aside from a child’s home, there is no other setting which has more of an influence on a child’s health and well-being than their school. The in-person school environment: provides academic instruction; supports the development of social and emotional skills; creates a safe environment for learning; addresses nutritional needs; and facilitates physical activity.
School leaders have been working tirelessly to develop plans for the safe return of as many students as possible, to in-person school, in order to best meet students’ academic, social-emotional and faith-based needs. Over the coming weeks, we will be meeting with principals, Board Chairs and Pastors, to discuss site-specific plans. Based upon the current medical status, the expectation today is for students to return to full in-person instruction in September; however, schedules may vary, and these reentry plans are subject to change, based upon the final determination, to be made by Governor Cuomo.
The health and safety of the children and adults in our schools is paramount. Health and safety considerations must always come first in every decision made and every action taken by our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn. In planning for school opening, our goal is to establish best practices for ensuring a healthy and safe return to school. This will include but not limited to: health checks; healthy hygiene practices; social distancing; personal protective equipment (PPE) and face coverings; and cleaning and disinfection.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate these extraordinary times. We acknowledge that there are likely to be more questions than answers at this time, and we will continue to communicate with you in the coming weeks.
In preparation for a safe re-opening of our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, I offer you the following prayer to share with your family:
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name, The strong Name of the Trinity; By invocation of the same. The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation, Eternal Father, Spirit, Word: Praise to the Lord of my salvation, Salvation is of Christ the Lord.
Loving Jesus, be with us,
as we prepare to open our
Catholic Academies and Parish Schools
in September. Amen
Let us all pray for a resolution to and decrease of the COVID-19 virus.
May everyone be healthy, safe, and well.
Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.
Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services
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Principal: Mrs. Frances DeLuca
Secretary: Ms. Debbie Dibrino
Tuition Secretary: Ms. Frances Rodriquez
July 10, 2020
I pray you’re having a restful and safe summer. We are currently making plans for the
opening of our academy on September 9, 2020. At that time, Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catholic Academy will be open to all students.
However, if you so wish, we are giving the option to those parents who would like to
continue with distance/virtual instruction at home to have their child remain at home and receive
instruction through live streaming as has been done in the past few months. Otherwise, we will
begin classes with 12-15 students in each class depending on classroom footage, 6 ft apart,
and we will be following all social distancing guidelines. Masks will be required to be worn by
students while in the school building and, therefore, should be sent in with your child daily. All
teachers, teacher aides, custodians, and staff members will also wear masks. We will have
hand sanitizers in each room, and disinfection of everything in the classroom and halls, etc.
every day and during the day will occur. According to CDC regulations, students will remain in
the same classroom all day to allow for the least amount of contact to others. Because we are
not permitted to gather them together, they will also have lunch in the.classrooms.
All those entering the building will be screened for fever every morning. Therefore, it is a
must that if your child does not feel well, they should remain at home. An isolation room for
parents to pick their child will be set up near the nurse’s office in the event your child becomes ill
during the day and must be removed from the classroom. All CDC precautions and
requirements will be adhered to at our academy. It is of the utmost importance to keep
everyone safe. Limited visitors will be in the building, and all visitors must follow the same
safety precautions such as coming with masks on while in the building.
If you choose to have your child remain at home for instruction, please send an email
informing me of this decision to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if your child will continue
with remote learning. If we do not hear from you, then I will count your child as being instructed
in our classrooms at school. This information allows me to judge accurately the number of
students we will be expecting to be home or in our building. More specific information will be
provided to you if the CDC adds additional requirements. May God bless you and watch over
Mrs. Frances DeLuca
July 9, 2020
Dear Parent or Guardian:
It is with deep sadness we must announce the permanent closing of six of our Catholic academies, within
the Diocese of Brooklyn, effective August 31, 2020, due to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 crisis
on enrollment and finances – an issue faced by many Catholic schools in the region and across the nation.
This communication is to assure you that Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, our school, is NOT included in this announcement and is planning to reopen in September 2020, when New York City and New York State determine it is
safe to do so.
We want to share our commitment that the tradition of Catholic education in Brooklyn and Queens will
continue. We are committed to giving all children an opportunity to receive a Catholic education.
The extended family of Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn must
come together to mourn the losses suffered, pray for the future, and support our children, as many of them
will need to transfer to a new Catholic Academy in the midst of very uncertain times.
Our smaller and caring community of Catholic Academies and Parish Schools have many advantages, as
witnessed by how quickly we adapted to remote learning, to ensure and maintain our high standard of
education. Our children knew that even though they were separated, they were not alone. Our devoted
teachers and staff supported every child with the tools they needed to continue their education.
Planning is currently under way to serve all our students and school communities in the best way possible
for the upcoming academic year, following state and health department requirements. More information
about the reopening plan for your Catholic Academy or Parish School will be shared later in the summer,
as guidance from the state and health officials evolves.
We look forward to continuing to care for and educate children with faith and knowledge in God’s plan
for all of us.
Let us pray for every family, child, teacher, and school staff member at this time.
(from our Superintendent’s Letter to parents)Sincerely,