The Catholic Academies and Parish Schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn are committed to opening the academic year on time, in person, for every student. The Administration, Faculty and Staff of our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are committed to doing everything possible to support the education, faith formation and health and safety of every member of our school communities.
Since March 2020, COVID-19 continues to bring many challenges, to our Catholic Academies and Parish School communities. The Administration, Faculty and Staff of all our communities undertook these challenges and made what others claimed was impossible, possible. Our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools were open for in person instruction and experienced daily attendance rates of 95% or better. Even as we continue to face new variants of the COVID-19 virus, we continue to believe that in person instruction is best for our students.
As the new Delta variant continues to circulate and the transmission rate increases, especially among children under age 12, we need to do all we can to continue to ensure the health and safety of each member of our school communities. To continue to ensure the health and safety of our school communities all the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will continue to use the COVID-19 Health and Safety guidelines from the 2020-2021 Re-Opening Plan as updated and outlined in the Core Principles and Minimum Requirements for COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for 2021-2022 School Year.
These guidelines utilize the implementation of a layered approach of preventive strategies:
- Promoting Vaccination
- Consistent and correct mask use
- Physical Distancing
- Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
- Staying home when sick and getting tested
- Contact tracing, in combination with isolation and quarantine
- Cleaning and disinfection
Please be assured that we, like everyone, want to resume “pre-pandemic” life. Yet the pandemic continues to cause concern for us and our loved ones, as well as cause heartache, confusion, and rising anxiety levels. We appreciate your support and cooperation with these health and safety guidelines intended to ensure in person instruction and protect our school communities. These guidelines will be monitored and updated as city and state guidance continue to evolve.
May God continue to bless all our Catholic Academy and Parish School communities!