Dear Parents and Guardians of 8th Grade Students,
I am writing to provide an update regarding the Class of 2020 8th grade graduation. We understand that it is disappointing for your child to end their final Catholic elementary school year without being able to celebrate the 8th grade graduation milestones with friends, family and their school community. However, we must still be ever mindful of the New York City and New York State safety and wellness guidelines. The guidelines state:
- – We must always be 6 feet apart (Social Distancing)
- – We must always wear a mask
- – We must never congregate in a group larger than 10 people
- – We must never be in contact with people, if we are showing anysigns of sickness
We have all seen events on television celebrating graduation activities, but each event planned in the Diocese of Brooklyn is bound by New York City and New York State Guidelines.
A decision has been made to move to a virtual graduation ceremony, considering the current orders regarding stay-at-home orders, social distancing requirements and restrictions on large gatherings. This very difficult decision was made with the safety of our students, staff, families and community in mind.
While we know this is not how you imagined your child ending their elementary school experience, please know that your school leaders are doing everything in their power to make the Class of 2020 graduation celebration special and memorable for your child and their families.
In the coming weeks, your school principal will be communicating the plan for all graduation activities and events.
May God, Our Father bless your child as they graduate and begin the next chapter of their educational journey. I would like to close this letter with this Parent Prayer…
May God Bless your graduates
May He keep them safe and sound; healthy in mind and soul
May they be ever aware of the awaiting crown as they navigate life
May they grow closer to God in and through their upcoming experiences May they grow closer to their loved ones in and through their experiences May God bless you, the parents, as you watch your children jump
May God keep them free of shame and us free of worry.
Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.
Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services