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All 69 Brooklyn and Queens Catholic schools to remain open despite citywide shutdown of schools

November 18, 2020 Editorial Staff
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The Superintendent of Catholic Schools for Brooklyn and Queens on Wednesday announced that all 69 schools and academies will remain open and continue to provide in-person learning, in spite of the decision made to close New York City public schools indefinitely starting Thursday.

“I am frustrated that the Mayor’s announcement was made as Catholic schools and academies throughout Brooklyn and Queens were dismissing our students,” said Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Thomas Chadzutko. “I want to make it clear to parents, teachers, staff, and students that the Mayor’s announcement only pertains to New York City public schools, and our schools will be open tomorrow.

“We have worked tirelessly to ensure that our school community remains safe for everyone, and we will continue to ensure strict compliance with all health and safety protocols,” he added.

Catholic schools in the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens have, five days a week, provided in-person learning since the beginning of the school year, Sept. 9, according to the Diocese.

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The superintendent, along with the superintendent of the Archdiocese of New York, said they had received confirmation from the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Non-Public Schools that they will maintain entitled services for Catholic school students, including school nurses, transportation, and food.

Catholic academies and parish schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn have operated for more than two months due to the strict adherence to the important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission, the Diocese said, including maintaining physical distance, wearing a face covering, practicing healthy hand hygiene, and staying home if sick.

The schools and academies of the Diocese of Brooklyn continue to work with New York State and City Department of Health officials on a regular basis to maintain the safety of all students, faculty, and staff, the Diocese said.

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