School Closed Until April 20

Diocese of Brooklyn Announces Catholic Academies and Parish Schools
Will close until at least April 20, 2020
 
Superintendent of Schools Thomas Chadzutko, Ed. D., has announced today all elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens will remain closed until April 20, 2020. This follows last week’s announcement that the schools would be closed this week, March 16-March 20, 2020, out of an abundance of caution. The decision mirrors the New York City public schools announcement made last night. 
 
“The decision to close is based on the interdependency of services between public schools and Catholic schools,” said Dr. Chadzutko.
 
Many families that attend Diocesan schools depend on the New York City services such as bus transportation, meals, nurses, and crossing and security guards.
 
“If there was a safe way for us to open sooner, we would, but we cannot function without those essential services,” said Joan McMaster, Associate Superintendent for Principal and Teacher Personnel.
 
The latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control is to restrict gatherings of 50 or more people. Clearly, the school environment would be in violation.
 
The contingency pandemic plan, which is part of the Office of the Superintendent school crisis management plan, includes digital, distance and alternative instruction for students so that their education is not disrupted. A complete transition to that model of instruction will take place this week.
 
The Office of the Superintendent is in daily communication with city and state officials and is part of the Coronavirus Education Task Force of the NYC Department of Education. During this time, there is a constant reassessment of the situation and the necessary response in an effort to keep our school community safe.

COVID-19 At Home Plan

COVID-19 At Home Plan

At Home Plan

K-8th Grade

In order to provide for the educational needs of our children during the Corona Virus Pandemic, we are providing our students with a remote learning environment which will be readily available while COVID-19 forces us not to be in the school building. This will provide our students an opportunity to learn while following the safety guidelines that have been implemented by the government.

Our faculty and staff have prepared the tools necessary for us to implement a distant learning plan that will meet the needs of students. Using our school google accounts, teachers will provide daily assignments which will be posted for all grades and subjects. Students will be expected to visit and complete their daily assignments by the end of the school day. Each student has been given a username and password, for example, bsmith@ssjaschool.org, to allow them to enter their homeroom and access their daily assignments. Attendance will be recorded daily when students log into their homeroom page. 

All teachers will be available for support to assist our students Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-3:00 via their school email which is posted on our school’s website.

These troubling times can be remediated in some way by knowing that we are taking every precaution to provide for the educational needs of our students in the best way possible. We pray for everyone’s safety and well being. 

SCHOOL CLOSED – 3/16 through 3/20

ATTENTION

All elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will be closed during the Week of March 16, 2020 to March 20, 2020.

We are meeting daily via conference call with the New York City Department of Health, Representatives from the Mayor’s and the New York City Department of Education.

The situation is changing hourly and we are doing our best to provide you with the most to date information. In addition, we ask that you continue to check the various websites if you require additional information.

We are also coordinating efforts within the agencies of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Blessings,

Mrs. Freebes, Principal