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BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE BACK TO SCHOOL COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

 

            The Office of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes 69 elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens, today has announced the COVID-19 safety protocols that will be in place when school opens on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

 

            In the absence of a mandate, the New York State Department of Health recommends school districts adopt universal indoor masking for all based on guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Therefore, Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens will require all students, faculty, and staff members to wear masks beginning on the first day of school.

 

            In addition, school officials will continue to encourage vaccinations, social distancing, hand washing and hand hygiene, while maintaining the rigorous daily cleaning and sanitizing of facilities as well as enhanced ventilation. Parents will be required to receive medical clearance from a healthcare provider that their child can safely return to in-person instruction. Parents will also be reminded to keep their child home from school if they are sick.

 

The Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will also continue to follow city and state guidelines regarding contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols.

 

            “As the numbers of Coronavirus cases continue to spike in children, and the overall numbers of hospitalizations in New York City are on the rise, this is the most responsible approach to take when we begin the new school year. I know the return to these safety measures is not the situation parents, teachers or students were hoping to be the case in the 2021-2022 school year, but we cannot ignore the trends,” said Superintendent Dr. Thomas Chadzutko.

 

“Let us do our part from day one to prevent further increase of cases. If we are successful, as this academic year moves along, we will revisit these guidelines and adjust them accordingly. As much as we want a return to normalcy in our classrooms, we want our students, faculty, and staff to be safe,” continued Dr. Chadzutko.

 

“Looking at the trajectory of past pandemics, it seems that a virus such as this one does linger for some time even with the vaccination. I have received my vaccination and continue to encourage others to do so as well. It is our hope that the COVID-19 vaccines will help bring an end to this terrible virus that has controlled our lives for much of the past year and a half,” said The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens, in adherence to strict guidelines, opened on time for the 2020-2021 school year, and were able to offer five day a week instruction. Enrollment increased in nearly 40% of the schools last year in grades K-8. To learn more about Catholic Schools in Brooklyn and Queens, visit catholicschoolsbq.org.

Summer Office Hours

The School office will be closed, Friday July 2nd and Monday July 5th. 

For the summer weeks, the office will be open from 9 am to 12 noon Monday through Thursday.

Starting Monday, August 30th, office hours will be 8am to 3pm.

School office will be closed Labor Day Sept. 6th.

Updated Student Screening

Starting April 13, 2021 there is a new screening questionnaire that will used in order for the students to enter the school building. The digital form has been updated. Click here for the printed version.

St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program Parent Info Session

The Diocese will be offering Distant Learning for parents who will be choosing this option over Face to face instruction come this September.

Attached please find how to register for the informational meeting scheduled for Friday and Monday.  Parents interested in learning about this program and how it will be implemented should attend one of these meeting before choosing between “face to Face” instruction or Distant Learning.

Chose between Friday, August 21 at 12:oo pm or Monday, August 24 at 6:00pm. Click on the link in the document below to sign up for one of the information sessions.

St Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program_Parent Info Sessions Aug 21 Aug 24

SCCA Strong

To our SCCA family,

We all miss each and everyone of our students and parents. Continue to stay safe and be well. Here is a video created by the teachers just for you. Enjoy!

Click here for Video

School Closing

Dear SCCA Family,

I just received confirmation that all Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will be closed during the Week of March 16, 2020 to March 20, 2020.

In preparation for the success of Distant Learning:

SCCA Faculty will have a Professional Day on Monday to plan for distant learning, ways of assessing students work, and accommodating those without Wi-Fi accessibility.

Students will be bringing all books home today.

Parents will receive a code to join google classroom by Tuesday morning via option C.  In order to sign into Google Classroom, the student must have access to a valid gmail email address.  If you or your child does not have one it is strongly recommended to create one as soon as possible.

Each teacher will provide instruction and work through google classroom and /or the SCCA website.   Teachers will be able to communicate and assess student work. Grades 6-8 already have an account for Google Classroom.

In order for distant learning to be effective, students must have access to technology.  This Academy does have Ipads available to lend, but the number is limited.  If you need an Ipads please sent a request to SCCA@stclarecatholicacademy.org and we will try out best to accommodate. 

More information will follow as planning continues.

I will communicate with parents via Option C.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to make accommodations for the continuation of academics and well-being of  all.

 

Mary Basile

A Visit from the Nature Company

On Tuesday March 10, the Nature Company came to visit our Pre-K classes and brought some friends with them. The children we able to meet a turtle, a bearded dragon, stick bug, and chinchilla. After they presented a puppet show to the class. What a wonderful time they had!