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