September 2, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians
We hope you and your children are doing well and preparing for the reopening of our Brooklyn and Queens
Catholic Academies and Parish Schools next week on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
I am sure that many of you are wondering how Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement yesterday, delaying the
opening date of New York City public schools until September 21, might impact us. We want to assure you
that our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will NOT be affected by this decision.
We are proceeding with our plan to reopen on September 9 in either of two ways: 100 % in-person or hybrid. Our St. Thomas
Aquinas Distance Learning Program will begin orientation on Wednesday, September 16, 2020
We expect that the New York City – Department of Education will fulfill its obligations to our Catholic
Academies and Parish Schools. By New York City Education Law, the Department of Education must
provide essential services like nurses, transportation, meals, and special education and related services. Other
services like security guards and crossing guards are provided to us through other agencies.
It is also our expectation that the NYC Pre-K For All Programs will start as previously determined by your
Catholic Academy or Parish School. Again, we look forward to welcoming your children back to school, as scheduled, next Wednesday,
September 9th. Principals, board members, teachers, and the entire school staff at our Catholic Academies
and Parish Schools have worked tirelessly this summer to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment is in
place for all our students, faculty, staff and parents. Our re-opening plans are in compliance with updated
mandates and guidance from New York City, New York State, Department of Health, and the Centers for
Disease Control. Please make sure that you review your Catholic Academy/Parish School Re-Opening Plan
available on their website.
May everyone be healthy, safe, and well as you enjoy these last few days of summer.
Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.
Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services