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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.
Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy has extended its community outreach by becoming very involved with 4H. In 4‑H, kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.
This trimester our students have been perfecting their computer coding skills and were asked to share their skills with Jarrett Allen of the Brooklyn Nets! The students were honored with a visit to the Nets practice facility where they coded their names with Jarrett Allen and then helped him code a jump shot!
Your support of children at Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy will go further on #GivingTuesday. On November 27, we will participate in #GivingTuesday. You can make a big impact on the lives of the children attending Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy,
and join with thousands of people in creating a global impact that will be felt around the world. This #GivingTuesday, help us continue to give the gift of Catholic education and technology to our students at Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy.
Here are a few ways you can participate:
- Make a gift on #GivingTuesday: at https://ourladyoftrustca.org/donate-now/
• Get others to join you : Help us get the word out on social media using our school name and the hashtag #GivingTuesday
• Ask your company to match your gift. Does your employer have a formal matching gift program?
On behalf of the students of Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy, thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday!
We would like to thank everyone who donated to the Loukoumi Make a Difference Foundation, as we explained this donation goes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We would also like to thank all of our students for making cards to send to the patients, they did a wonderful job and we know the patients will truly appreciate it!
If you have not donated yet please do so by Monday, October 29th. We had asked the children to donate $1 to show that every dollar makes a difference, “no good deed is too small and together we can make a big difference”.