Re-Opening Plan – Logistics and Planning

August 15, 2020
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
Below, please find the Component, Logistics and Planning, of the Re-Opening Plan, which the Diocesan office has instructed principals to email to faculty, parents, and Board members for the September 9, 2020 re-opening.
 
Other components of the plan, such as Social and Emotional, Technology, Curriculum and Instruction, and Early Childhood will be discussed during faculty meetings with the faculty and staff for the benefit of the children.  This Re-opening plan has already been submitted to the Department of Health and to the Department of Education.  
 
PLEASE REVIEW THIS OPENING PLAN CAREFULLY FOR ALL SPECIFICATIONS MUST BE REVIEWED AND ADHERED TO FOR THE BENEFIT OF EVERY CHILD AND PERSON WHO ENTERS THE BUILDING!
 
The Logistics and Planning component of the plan will also be placed on our website.
 
You will be provided next week, after parents have had a week to review this plan,  Zoom codes for Zoom meetings with me, in order to give you the opportunity to ask me questions that may need further clarification for you.  
 
Please be aware that if you have informed us, in writing as requested by us, that your child will be doing Distance Learning, although your child will remain as enrolled in our academy, you will receive specific instructions through an email from Ms. Debbie Dibrino about St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Academy which will provide the instruction.
 
God bless,
Mrs. Frances DeLuca
Principal
 
 
Logistics and
Planning
Diocese of Brooklyn
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP
CATHOLIC ACADEMY
SOUTH OZONE PARK
RE-OPENING PLAN
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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,
face-to-face instruction, along with students whose parents
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
child/children.

• 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
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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.
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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,
and 8.

• 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.
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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.
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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
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responding to staff and families regarding the COVID 19
concerns.

• 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.

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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
air.

• All student textbooks, digital devices, personal
items, and resources will be labeled for individual
student use. Shared items will not be permitted.
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Therefore, allowing students to maintain 6 ft.
distance when using resources in the classroom.
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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
followed.

• 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
student leaves.

• 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.
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• 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.
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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
this option.

• 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.
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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
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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
regulations.
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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
building.

• 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
Deanery schools.
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Creating a plan for deep-cleaning of facilities and
high touch areas daily, between alternate
schedules, in the case of evidence of positive
cases, etc.
• 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
disinfectant.

• Three to four times a day, disinfection of restrooms
will occur.

• 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
possible.
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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
covering.

• 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
child.

• 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
Coughlin.
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Reviewing and updating the Emergency
Contact Plan
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
homework page.
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
system.
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Periodically surveying stakeholders to
evaluate programming and support and
make adjustments.
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
stakeholders.
Parent Zoom meetings can be arranged to
brainstorm with parents about programming.
 
 
 
 

Superintendent’s Letter to Catholic School Parents in the Diocese of Brooklyn

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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.

Sincerely,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

 

 

VERIZON WILL HAVE OUR PHONES REPAIRED BY TOMORROW, JULY 14, 2020

DEAR PARENTS,

IF YOU ARE CALLING OUR OFFICE, OUR PHONES HAVE BEEN OUT THIS PAST WEEK.  VERIZON HAS ASSURED US THAT ALL CALLS WILL PROCESS INTO OUR SYSTEM BY THE LATEST TOMORROW AFTERNOON.

MEANWHILE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND US AN EMAIL REGARDING ALL INQUIRIES, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND TELEPHONE NUMBER  TO :

 Principal:  Mrs. Frances DeLuca

fdeluca@olphca.org

Secretary: Ms. Debbie Dibrino

ddibrino@olphca.org

Tuition Secretary:  Ms. Frances Rodriquez

francesbarrio@yahoo.com

Thank you,

Mrs. DeLuca

If Choosing to Continue Distance/Virtual Instruction for Your Child for September – Communicate This to Us

July 10, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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 ddibrino@olphca.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
you,

Mrs. Frances DeLuca
Principal

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy WILL BE OPEN in SEPTEMBER

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,
Frances DeLuca 

Principal

Summer Enrichment – Not Mandatory but Beneficial

Dear Families,

Welcome to Summer! We thank you for the time and effort you have invested in your child’s education, particularly over the past few months. Distance learning has been a challenge for all and we applaud you (and your child) for making the best of these unprecedented times. The end of the school year hasn’t been what anyone would have expected but we are happy to welcome summer and hopefully some time to relax and recharge. As we move into summer, we would like to provide options for at-home enrichment. The summer months are an important time to relax and unwind but are also an opportunity to keep your child engaged and on track for the fall. Attached you will find summer choice boards to use with your child. It is important to note that these are NOT required.  These boards Do Not replace the summer packets distributed by the faculty already. This is simply a tool to provide parents with activities and ideas for summer enrichment. How it Works Download a packet of choice boards that match your child’s grade level. Choice boards are grouped by grade level band based on the grade your child has completed. For example, a child finishing 1st grade will use the K-1 document. Each page of the document is one week of themed activities (6 weeks total) with different activities in categories such as reading, writing, math, STEM, etc. Each activity follows a theme for the week but can be done independently of all other activities. For example, all activities in week two are about ice cream but you do not need to complete the activities in any particular order so your child can pick and choose the activities that interest them. You can also use grade level bands above or below your child’s grade based on your child’s needs. What do I Need? As you view the choice boards, you will notice that they are divided by subject/ category. Materials needed are italicized in the top of the boxes. Many items will likely be available in your home or easily accessed at the supermarket.

For reading activities and some of the other categories, you will need device with internet access.

Texts sourced from www.myon.com can be accessed using the following login info: School: Brooklyn Reads Elementary

Username: brooklyn

Password: read

My Child (and I) are Tired of School Your child might be tired from weeks of distance learning and the stress of our current situation. This is not intended to add to anyone’s stress or become a point of contention in your household. To make this seem less like “school” you can:

· Empower your child to choose the activities themselves. Let them pick what they are interested in (i.e. complete all the math activities first)

· Challenge your child to see how many boxes they can complete in a week

· Designate a short (20-30 min) block of time to complete an activity and then offer free choice time

· Use the board like tic-tac-toe and try to complete a whole column or row across. Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need structured activities to “do enrichment.” Trips to the library, talking about books, taking a walk and talking about what you see, planning a trip together, cooking by following a recipe, and even going to the grocery store discussing quantity and pricing are all learning opportunities. Do what is comfortable for you and your family. Take time to relax, unwind, and enjoy your summer. We look forward to our time together in September.

Before this week is up, your child’s teacher  will be posting the activities on their homework page.

God bless you and watch over you and your dear children.

 

Mrs. Frances DeLuca,

Principal

 

End of Year Letter

June 19, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians: Thank you for another blessed year together! Although the end of this year, Covid19 has given us a major challenge, non-the-less it has not diminished the joy that I have shared this year with your children entrusted to our care.

Our last day of school is today, Friday, June 19, 2020 for grades 1-7.

This year the children have had the additional challenge of virtual digital instruction, but they have continued to work hard. Learning the elementary school curriculum is a gradual process which culminates with Grade 8; therefore, I want to assure you that things will quickly get back to normal for the children in September. Report cards will be emailed to you on Monday, June 22 for Grades 1-7.

As a reminder, if you refer any family to our academy and they register with us, and stay with us for one year or more, you will be entitled to a $750 rebate off your next year’s tuition.

If you have not re-registered, please contact Mrs. Frances Rodriquez at francesbarrio@yahoo.com to re-register your child. If money is an issue, please call and we will make special arrangements for your payments.

We hope you will have a restful and enjoyable summer. I thank you for another good year together. Listed on the next page are the September “back to school” dates for the opening of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy.

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Rest assured that when your children return to our academy, all sterilization of the desks, classrooms, and all areas where the children will be would have occurred.

All CDC and Diocesan regulations for safety of the children will be strictly followed.

Since no other letter will be sent to you in August regarding this information, we request you keep this letter in a safe place for reference in September 2020.

The schedule below is subject to change if government regulations or world circumstances do not permit us to return for these dates. In the event this occurs, you will be informed of the changes through our website page. Please check the website regularly. WE DO EXPECT TO COME BACK IN SCHOOL THIS SEPTEMBER.

 SCHEDULE

September 1 – 3

The academy office will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for registrations, information, and transfers.

September 3 The Gym Uniform Company will be here at 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. to sell gym uniforms if you need them.

September 9 8 a.m. – Classes begin for Grades 1-8 Opening Ceremony at 8 a.m. on front Lawn DISMISSAL – 12:30 p.m. KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION-Parent & Child Girls Only – 8:00 am. – 10:00 a.m. Boys Only – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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September 10

8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Classes for Grades 1-8 DISMISSAL – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. KINDERGARTEN Girls & Boys 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p. m. DISMISSAL – 12:30 p.m.

September 11

Grades K – 8 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. KINDERGARTEN – all children – girls & boys DISMISSAL – 3:00 p.m.

September 14

Lunch and Extended Day Programs begin. PreK 3 and 4 Orientation 9:30 a.m. parents only.

All Specials begin.

 

Beginning Monday, September 14, we will begin our regular class schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Grades K-8

 

Schedule for Week of September 14 – The Pre-K 3 & 4 Programs are five-day programs. Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 Orientation is as follows:

Monday, Sept. 14 9:30 a.m. – Pre-K 3 & 4 Rooms Orientation – Parents/Guardians only

Tuesday, Sept. 15 Pre-K GIRLS ONLY – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pre-K BOYS ONLY – 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 Pre-K 3 & 4

Thursday, Sept. 17 GIRLS AND BOYS TOGETHER

Friday, Sept. 18 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Snack will be provided.)

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September 21

 Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 regular class schedule begins. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Please provide lunch-if you are not part of hot lunch program yet.) Please do not purchase supplies for Pre-K students until parent orientation, Sept. 14.

All grades K-8 have a 6 ½ hour instructional day. They must arrive by 8:00 a.m. There is a person on duty at that time.

Tuition pre-payment, due by August 15, should be mailed to the academy or brought in person on September 1 – 3. Paying on the first day of school causes too much confusion as your CHILDREN WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 9 if payment or prior arrangements have not been made on registration fee, activity fee, lunchroom maintenance fee and tuition pre-payment.

Also, any outstanding payments from this current school year, 2017-2018 must be paid. Should you have any other outstanding balances, these must be paid as well. If due to the Covid19 pandemic, you have not been able to make payments and have documented proof of loss of income or work, arrangements will be made at the time you come to the academy on September 1 – 3.

May our Lord bless you and your family with a wonderful and healthy summer.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Frances DeLuca

Principal

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UNIFORMS: By selecting to attend Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, you are agreeing to the academy uniform. Students are to be in COMPLETE uniform at all times. No excuse will be accepted unless the parent sends a note. Otherwise, the student will be required to call home for the proper attire to be brought to school. JEWELRY is NOT part of the uniform. Girls may wear ONE SET OF SMALL post earrings (NO HOOPS). This is for their safety! Boys are NOT permitted to wear earrings. No make-up or nail polish is to be worn at any time. Extremes in hair styling (too long, too short, fad styles, or long braids on boys) of both boys and girls will not be tolerated. Boys’ hair must not cover the eyebrows and must clear the collar by one inch. Hair adornments must be small and in keeping with the uniform. Students’ hair is expected to remain its natural color and be neat and clean. Month of September and June – no ties – white shirt opened at the neck – top button only. Spring uniform may be worn after Easter and the months of September and October. Winter uniforms (grades 1-8) may be worn after October 15, not gym uniforms. Gym uniforms are for gym only. The school’s cardigan vest or sweater. No pullovers. Girls’ skirts (all grades) are to be NO MORE than one-half inch above the knee at all times. Skirts are not allowed to be rolled up. If boots are worn in the winter time, uniform shoes must be brought to class and boots are to be changed in the classroom. Shoes only in the classroom. Our school is much too warm to have children seated in boots. Pins and fancy belt buckles are not to be worn. No cell phones are allowed in school. No pocketbooks allowed. Wrist watches may be worn but it is the student’s responsibility to provide a safe place for their belongings especially during gym. (Faculty members will not be responsible to personal belongings or money.) Students carry money at their own risk. It is strongly recommended students not carry valuables to class. The academy uniform is purchased through Flynn & O’Hara Uniforms, Inc., The Shop at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, lower level, Glendale, NY 11385. Their phone number is 718-326-2704. The uniform shoes can be purchased at Official Shoes, Inc., 1818 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040. Their phone is (800) 973-6789.

GYM UNIFORM:

The gym uniform consists of navy blue sweatpants, sweatshirts, shoes with white tee shirts with the academy emblem. This can be purchased through the academy. Order forms are available in the office. Black or white sneakers are to be worn. No light-up sneakers are to be worn. No other colors such as red, green, and neon colors are permitted.

PLEASE RETURN THIS SLIP TO THE OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 9, 2020.

I have read this letter concerning my child.

PARENT’S SIGNATURE____________________________________

 

STUDENT NAME_________________________________________ GRADE_______________

End of Year Letter

June 19, 2020
 
Dear Parents/Guardians:
 
Thank you for another blessed year together! Although the end of this year, Covid19 has given us a major challenge, non-the-less it has not diminished the joy that I have shared this year with your children entrusted to our care.
 
Our last day of school is Tuesday, June 19, 2020 for grades 1-7.
 
This year the children have had the additional challenge of virtual digital instruction, but they have continued to work hard. Learning the elementary school curriculum is a gradual process which culminates with Grade 8; therefore, I want to assure you that things will quickly get back to normal for the children in September. Report cards will be emailed to you on Monday, June 22 for Grades 1-7.
 
As a reminder, if you refer any family to our academy and they register with us, and stay with us for one year or more, you will be entitled to a $750 rebate off your next year’s tuition.
 
If you have not re-registered, please contact Mrs. Frances Rodriquez at francesbarrio@yahoo.com to re-register your child. If money is an issue, please call and we will make special arrangements for your payments.
 
We hope you will have a restful and enjoyable summer. I thank you for another good year together. Listed on the next page are the September “back to school” dates for the opening of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy.
 
 Rest assured that when your children return to our academy, all sterilization of the desks, classrooms, and all areas where the children will be would have occurred.
 
All CDC and Diocesan regulations for safety of the children will be strictly followed.
 
Since no other letter will be sent to you in August regarding this information, we request you keep this letter in a safe place for reference in September 2020.
 
The schedule below is subject to change if government regulations or world circumstances do not permit us to return for these dates. In the event this occurs, you will be informed of the changes through our website page. Please check the website regularly. WE DO EXPECT TO COME BACK IN SCHOOL THIS SEPTEMBER.
 
SCHEDULE
 
September 1 – 3
The academy office will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for registrations, information, and transfers.
 
September 3
The Gym Uniform Company will be here at 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. to sell gym uniforms if you need them.
 
September 9
8 a.m. – Classes begin for Grades 1-8 Opening Ceremony at 8 a.m. on front Lawn DISMISSAL – 12:30 p.m. KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION-Parent & Child Girls Only – 8:00 am. – 10:00 a.m. Boys Only – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
 
September 10
8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Classes for Grades 1-8 DISMISSAL – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. KINDERGARTEN Girls & Boys 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p. m. DISMISSAL – 12:30 p.m.
 
September 11
Grades K – 8 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. KINDERGARTEN – all children – girls & boys DISMISSAL – 3:00 p.m.
 
September 14
Lunch and Extended Day Programs begin. PreK 3 and 4 Orientation 9:30 a.m. parents only All Specials begin
 
Beginning Monday, September 14, we will begin our regular class schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Grades K-8
 
Schedule for Week of September 14 – The Pre-K 3 & 4 Programs are five-day programs. Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 Orientation is as follows:
 
Monday, Sept. 14 9:30 a.m. – Pre-K 3 & 4 Rooms Orientation – Parents/Guardians only
Tuesday, Sept. 15 Pre-K GIRLS ONLY – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pre-K BOYS ONLY – 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 16 Pre-K 3 & 4
Thursday, Sept. 17 GIRLS AND BOYS TOGETHER
Friday, Sept. 18 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Snack will be provided.) 
September 21 – Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 regular class schedule begins. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Please provide lunch-if you are not part of hot lunch program yet.) Please do not purchase supplies for Pre-K students until parent orientation, Sept. 14.
 
All grades K-8 have a 6 ½ hour instructional day. They must arrive by 8:00 a.m. There is a person on duty at that time.
 
Tuition pre-payment, due by August 15, should be mailed to the academy or brought in person on September 1 – 3. Paying on the first day of school causes too much confusion as your CHILDREN WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 9 if payment or prior arrangements have not been made on registration fee, activity fee, lunchroom maintenance fee and tuition pre-payment.
 
Also, any outstanding payments from this current school year, 2017-2018 must be paid. Should you have any other outstanding balances, these must be paid as well.
 
If due to the Covid19 pandemic, you have not been able to make payments and have documented proof of loss of income or work, arrangements will be made at the time you come to the academy on September 1 – 3.
 
May our Lord bless you and your family with a wonderful and healthy summer.  Remember the codes your child’s teacher has placed on their homework page is for Monday prayer that will continue throughout the summer.  Please tell your children I love them and pray for them every day and we will see each other in September.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mrs. Frances DeLuca
 
Principal
 
Attachments
 
UNIFORMS: By selecting to attend Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, you are agreeing to the academy uniform. Students are to be in COMPLETE uniform at all times. No excuse will be accepted unless the parent sends a note. Otherwise, the student will be required to call home for the proper attire to be brought to school. JEWELRY is NOT part of the uniform. Girls may wear ONE SET OF SMALL post earrings (NO HOOPS). This is for their safety! Boys are NOT permitted to wear earrings. No make-up or nail polish is to be worn at any time. Extremes in hair styling (too long, too short, fad styles, or long braids on boys) of both boys and girls will not be tolerated. Boys’ hair must not cover the eyebrows and must clear the collar by one inch. Hair adornments must be small and in keeping with the uniform. Students’ hair is expected to remain its natural color and be neat and clean. Month of September and June – no ties – white shirt opened at the neck – top button only. Spring uniform may be worn after Easter and the months of September and October. Winter uniforms (grades 1-8) may be worn after October 15, not gym uniforms. Gym uniforms are for gym only. The school’s cardigan vest or sweater. No pullovers. Girls’ skirts (all grades) are to be NO MORE than one-half inch above the knee at all times. Skirts are not allowed to be rolled up. If boots are worn in the winter time, uniform shoes must be brought to class and boots are to be changed in the classroom. Shoes only in the classroom. Our school is much too warm to have children seated in boots. Pins and fancy belt buckles are not to be worn. No cell phones are allowed in school. No pocketbooks allowed. Wrist watches may be worn but it is the student’s responsibility to provide a safe place for their belongings especially during gym. (Faculty members will not be responsible to personal belongings or money.) Students carry money at their own risk. It is strongly recommended students not carry valuables to class. The academy uniform is purchased through Flynn & O’Hara Uniforms, Inc., The Shop at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, lower level, Glendale, NY 11385. Their phone number is 718-326-2704. The uniform shoes can be purchased at Official Shoes, Inc., 1818 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040. Their phone is (800) 973-6789.
 
GYM UNIFORM: The gym uniform consists of navy blue sweatpants, sweatshirts, shoes with white tee shirts with the academy emblem. This can be purchased through the academy. Order forms are available in the office. Black or white sneakers are to be worn. No light-up sneakers are to be worn. No other colors such as red, green, and neon colors are permitted.
 
PLEASE RETURN THIS SLIP TO THE OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 9, 2020.
 
I have read this letter concerning my child.
PARENT’S SIGNATURE____________________________________
STUDENT NAME_________________________________________ GRADE_______________
 

Letter to the Graduates of 2020 – Graduation June 12, 2020

Dear Graduates,
 
Congratulations!  You have reached a very important milestone in your life.  I am filled with pride for the faith-filled, wonderful, intelligent young men and women that you’ve become!  As you graduate from our academy to attend various high schools, I am confident that you have been prepared well spiritually, academically, and socially at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy.  Together, faculty and parents, we have worked hard to help you acquire the skills you will need to be successful the rest of your life. 
 
The world, unfortunately, in this year of 2020, has thrown us a major challenge, not just to you, my dear graduates, but to the world!  Yet, in the midst of this major pandemic, my very dear children, you have adapted well and continued to persevere with your studies.  As graduates of our academy, you have already felt and learned the values of God’s Commandments of love and service to each other.  Through trust in, and knowledge of Jesus Christ, you have been given the courage to be a person of faith, perseverance, goodness, character, and integrity.  You have been blessed to be in an academy of wonderful diversity, in background, ethnicity, and religion; and my dear graduates, you have learned how every person has received gifts unique to that person for the betterment of the world.
 
This year of our lives, I am sure, will be recorded in history, my dear graduates.  I pray that each of you will make history by the special purpose our Lord has chosen just for you to accomplish on this earth!  The talents our Lord gave you are meant to be used to make this a better world.  Only you can accept God’s gifts to you and continue to work hard to accomplish your goals.
 
As you leave Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, continue to pray daily.  Strive to do the right thing always.  Keep God in every aspect of your life, and His grace will be with you always.   Take with you not only the academic skills we’ve taught you but the skills of discipline and social justice that will make you the leaders of the future. 
 
May God always bless and watch over you as you continue in your life’s journey.
 
Love and prayers,
Mrs. Frances DeLuca