Superintendent of Schools Issues Update Regarding COVID-19 Restrictions at Catholic Schools
Today, Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan announced that “informed by our established metrics, on Monday, March 28, principals, working with their individual school communities, will begin to ease virtually all the remaining COVID-19 restrictions before the Easter holy days.”
Below is the full text of Mr. Deegan’s letter to our Catholic Schools Communities:
Over two years ago, we started a journey together, unknown to most, what the next day would bring you, your families, our teachers, staff, principals, and pastors. We all demonstrated with faith and fidelity to safety, we could overcome anything that is put in our way – even a pandemic.
Since late January 2022, and nearly every three weeks since, the Health & Safety Task Force has eased COVID protocols in our schools. With optimistic caution, each step we took maintained the extraordinary safety of our children and teachers throughout our school system as we have done since March 2020. I am happy to share that the data I shared with you early last month continues to indicate nearly no spread in our schools.
To that end, and informed by our established metrics, on Monday, March 28th, principals, working with their individual school communities, will begin to ease virtually all the remaining COVID-19 restrictions before the Easter holy days. All contracted 3K and Pre-K for All Programs will continue to follow the COVID protocols currently mandated by New York City DOE. Mayor Adams announced that masks may become optional for children and staff in child care settings beginning Monday, April 4, 2022 if there are no concerning increases in transmission or other COVID-19 indicators in the next two weeks. We will immediately make adjustments once they are announced. The Health & Safety Task Force will, of course, continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and spread in our schools. NOTE: Our schools will maintain the ventilation and HEPA filtrations program, continue our sanitizing and disinfectant protocols, retain our full complement of health & safety school aides and maintain the social distancing requirements.
Following the week after we return from Easter vacation, as we assess the number of post-Easter COVID-19 cases and our metrics, if cases remain low, we will remove the remaining social distancing restrictions in our schools on May 2nd. We will remove these final restrictions trusting you, our devoted parents, will continue to safeguard your child’s health. If you or your child have ANY COVID-19 symptoms, stay home until symptom free, and be sure to TEST! We encourage you to remain vigilant as you make intentional decisions to keep all safe. Naturally, if cases increase or another variant sweeps through our communities, it may be necessary to return to some safeguards.
Just as spring begins this week, we are eager to feel the warmth of the sun and return to pre-COVID days. With the removal of all restrictions in the coming weeks, we will end this school year and begin the 2022-23 school year with a true sense of normalcy.
Last year on the Feast of St. Joseph, I wrote our Catholic school families. The message today is the same as it was last year: “As Lent ends, spring begins and the light of the Resurrection shines, our message is one you know – we are reminded as St. Augustine tells us:”
“We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our Song!”
Mr. Michael J. Deegan
Superintendent of Schools
Archdiocese of New York
Catholic Schools No Longer Mandate Mask-Wearing Effective Wednesday March 2:
In an email to our Catholic School Communities today, Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York Mr. Michael J. Deegan wrote:
We are very proud to say that since March 2020, Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York have been nationally recognized as proactive leaders with every major health decision faced by school systems across the country, and in many cases, even health departments. Our health protocols and procedures, seen by some as too rigorous, have proven to be exceedingly effective in mitigating this pandemic and keeping our children and staff healthy and safe. The fact remains that nearly all positive cases have been brought into our schools from outside activities (e.g., family gatherings, athletic activities, play dates, birthday parties, and certainly community spread). Based on contact tracing, we know our guidelines have been successful because transmission within our school system remains at .00247%. In other words, 99.99753% of the positive cases reported to our schools since September 2021 were from outside the protective safety bubble of the schools.
When we published our opening plan Catholic Schools: We Continue to Soar! in the summer of 2021, we anticipated and recognized that modifications to our protocols would be needed to reflect the evolving status of the virus. Since September 2021, the Health and Safety Task Force, informed by government health agencies, has adjusted the mitigation strategies and isolation and quarantine policies accordingly, keeping our children and teachers safe. Our preeminent guiding principle for all our policies has been and will continue to be protecting our children and staff.
Faithfulness to daily checklists, temperature checks, social distancing, class and group cohorts, teaching pods, monitoring for symptoms, isolation rooms, improved ventilation in our schools: installing exhaust fans in each classroom, adding HEPA filtration units, and increasing the disinfecting and sanitizing with a dedicated staff have all been successful. Each of these is a layer of mitigation.
Another layer of mitigation for each individual has been wearing a mask. In light of the announcement made by New York State Governor Kathy Hochul today, we are no longer legally obligated by New York State to mandate mask wearing in school as of Wednesday March 2nd. As such effective March 2nd, the wearing of a mask by an adult or children in all Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York will be recommended but NOT REQUIRED. We will encourage the continued use of masks but will respect the choice of each parent and staff member. As part of our Catholic values infusion program, students learn we all have a moral responsibility for the good of all and must have respect for everyone. As a school community, we must respect each other’s decisions but remain united as a community of faith. This transition is a truly teachable moment for our children. However, please note that New York City funded 3K and Pre-K for All (UPK 4-year old) programs must continue to wear masks as required by the New York City Department of Education.
Be assured, however, that we will continue to rigorously follow all the strategies that have kept us healthy and safe: maintaining enhanced disinfecting, sanitizing schools (no longer required by the CDC), and deploying additional HEPA filtration units throughout the school system where needed. The change in the mask mandate will not compromise the safety of our children and staff.
While there is NO vaccine requirement for Catholic Schools children, and we will NOT mandate the vaccination of children, getting vaccinated with your booster is another example of a mitigation strategy. It is one of the most important things we can do to remain healthy. If you are unsure about getting your child vaccinated, consult with your pediatrician or trusted health care provider – the doctors who know you and your child best.
As has been done since the beginning of the pandemic, the Health & Safety Task Force of the Superintendent of Schools will continue to evaluate, adjust and communicate with you, knowing that our collective efforts ignite the flame of faith, hope, and love in our children.
Please continue to visit this website for frequent updates and resources for your family.
Mr. Michael J. Deegan
Superintendent of Schools
Archdiocese of New York
Superintendent of Schools Issues Statement Update Relating to Mask Mandates at Catholic Schools
The Office of the Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York released the following statement today to our Catholic School Communities:
As you are likely aware, the CDC issued national guidance on mask wearing in schools. The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York are legally obligated to continue to follow New York State and New York City mask mandates. We urge NYS and NYC to provide updated directives immediately reflecting the changes from the CDC issued today. As soon as the Governor lifts the mask mandate for schools, we will follow those new directives immediately.
We are keenly aware of our parents’ concerns, frustrations and disappointments surrounding this issue. We share many of these concerns. We have and will continue to advocate on behalf of our Catholic school communities to our elected officials. We encourage you to do the same.
The Office of the Superintendent of Schools
AP Report: Enrollment in US Catholic schools rebounds after sharp drop
The AP reported yesterday that, “throughout the US, families are seeing the value of Catholic education. This year, Catholic elementary schools had a 5.8% increase in enrollment nationwide.” The article goes on to say:
“The National Catholic Educational Association said nationwide enrollment increased by 62,000 to about 1.68 million students, marking the first increase in two decades and the largest jump it has recorded in at least five decades.
‘Enrollment at all types of schools — public, charter and private — were impacted last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Catholic schools had a decline in enrollment of 6.4% from 2019-2020 to 2020-2021,’ the NCEA said about the largest single year decline in the 50 years since it has collected data.
‘Catholic schools’ dedication in safely opening classrooms and supporting their communities’ needs last year is demonstrated in the 3.8% increase in enrollment.’ “
Click here to read the full article, written by Luis Andres Henao.
Photo: Students enter the first new Catholic school built in Baltimore in roughly 60 years on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, named after Mother Mary Lange, who started a Catholic school for Black children in 1828 — the first U.S. Catholic school for African-American youth. (AP Photo/David McFadden)’
Office of the Superintendent of Schools Issues Statement Relating to Mask Mandates at Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York
Today, the Office of the Superintendent of Schools issued the following statement relating to mask mandates at Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York:
Dear Catholic School Communities,
As you are likely aware, Governor Kathy Hochul today stated that the school mask mandate remains in effect and will be reassessed in early March. Since Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York are legally obligated to follow this mandate, we must continue to do so. As soon as the Governor lifts the mask mandate for schools, we will follow those new directives.
We are keenly aware of our parents’ concerns, frustrations, and disappointments surrounding this issue. We have and will continue to advocate on behalf of our Catholic school communities with the Governor and state health officials.
The Office of the Superintendent of Schools
Daily News: Catholic Ed. Surges
In this Daily News article, Joanne Kroeger writes: “After nearly two years of a devastating pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the nation’s school systems, the city’s Catholic schools have been experiencing something only a little short of a miracle.
Consistent safety protocols, combined with clear and steady communication with parents, have resulted in high in-person attendance levels — and a surge in enrollment after decades of decline.
‘In the haze of COVID closures, chaos and confusion, Catholic schools have become a safe haven for students. Since September 2020, 100% of the city’s 170 Catholic schools have remained open with very low infection rates even during the omicron surge‘, said Michael Deegan, superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York.”
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Click here to see an additional interview with Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan.
New York Post Special Section: Catholic Schools Week Directory
In a special section devoted to Catholic Schools Week, New York Post reporter Mary Kay Linge writes: “Catholic schools build a foundation for children that will last a lifetime.” Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York Michael J. Deegan is quoted in the article, saying: “Education is a fundamental pillar of the Catholic Church. We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children, and we respect and honor that role. Our schools support parents as they shape their children into becoming other-centered, generous and faithful adults.”
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Creation of the St. Mary’s Academy in Somers NY Announced
Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York and John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School Announce the Creation of the St. Mary’s Academy in Somers, New York
Beginning in Fall of 2022, John F. Kennedy to Offer Grades 6-8 in an Academy Setting to Current Eligible Public School Students.
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York and John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School in Somers, NY, jointly announce a new opportunity for middle school students currently attending public school to attend grades 6-8 in an academy setting on the high school campus at Kennedy Catholic. St. Mary’s Academy will open for the 2022-2023 school year with a limited capacity of one class per grade, with possible expansion planned for the future. St. Mary’s Academy will give families another choice for a superior Catholic education in Northern Westchester County.
“This is great news for Catholic families in Northern Westchester County as we all continue to battle the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. “The Catholic Church in New York introduced organized education to New York more than 200 years ago, and the academy’s formation is a move towards preserving and growing Catholic education in this area for generations.”
The St. Mary’s Academy will offer the same time-tested Catholic school curriculum and values-centered education available at all Catholic schools across the region. The program of studies will not only fulfill middle school educational standards of the New York State Board of Regents but will also challenge students to expand their educational horizons by studying languages other than English along with math, science, and robotics.
“John F. Kennedy Preparatory School is one of the premier high schools in Westchester County,” said Kennedy Principal and President, Father Mark Vaillancourt. “Our strength and commitment to excellence position us well to align with the Archdiocese of New York in this exciting alternative for public school students in grades six, seven, and eight. The new St. Mary’s Academy will expand the great tradition of academic excellence for future generations in Westchester County.”
While only public school students may apply to St. Mary’s Academy for the 2022 – 2023 school year, wider application opportunities will be available in the future. Families with 5-7th grade students in public schools are encouraged to visit the John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School website for more information about eligibility and required admissions testing.
All families of every faith looking for a faith-based, values-centered continuous education for their children from Pre-K through 8th grade are always welcome to visit catholicschoolsny.org/ at any time, year-round, to learn more about the opportunity to provide their children with an exceptional education at an affordable price in a Catholic school.
About Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York:
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York serve nearly 54,000 students from Pre-K through 12th grade across 170 schools in nine counties and boroughs throughout New York, including Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Orange, and Dutchess. Catholic schools offer a unique combination of academic and spiritual development that empowers children of all backgrounds to gain the confidence to realize their fullest potential. To learn more about the Archdiocese of New York’s Catholic schools, visit catholicschoolsny.org, or www.facebook.com/CatholicSchoolsArchdioceseNewYork.
About John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory High School/Academy:
Kennedy Catholic, located in Somers, New York, is Northern Westchester’s premier college-preparatory high school serving the young men and women of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties and the Bronx. Kennedy Catholic follows a rigorous Regents curriculum that prepares students for a successful college career while preparing them to live out Christ’s message of service to the world in the sound doctrine of the Catholic faith. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of Divine Compassion as St. Mary’s School in Katonah, the current school was built in 1966 on its present site in a serene, 64-acre site setting which includes the natural beauty of a lake and woodlands.
To learn more about Kennedy Catholic, visit www.KennedyCatholic.org/St-Marys-Academy
Local Student to Spread Kindness to Dobbs Ferry Residents
In an article written for Hudson Independent, journalist Rick Pezzullo writes: “A second-grade student at John Cardinal O’Connor School (JCOS) in Irvington is taking her school’s motto to heart during Catholic Schools Week.
Catholic Schools Week takes place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5 in schools throughout the Archdiocese of New York. In celebration of this annual event, Sophia Callaguazo (shown in the photo) and her classmates will be spreading love and kindness by creating Valentine’s Day cards for residents of St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry.
The motto of JCOS, a Catholic School for children with learning disabilities, is #choosekind.
Callaguazo is an Inner-City Scholarship Fund recipient at JCOS. Her mother, Gladys Callaguazo, credits the Scholarship Fund with enabling her daughter to attend JCOS, where she said faculty have helped her develop stronger skills in reading and writing, while also emphasizing supporting the community through service.
Last year, Sophia received the scholarship through the fund, which provides tuition assistance to 11,000 students in schools within the Archdiocese.”
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Phioto: Sophia Callaguazo is a second-grade student at JCOS in Irvington.
Cathedral High School Receives Computing Donation From BlackRock
Cathedral High School received a donation of 28 Dell computers from BlackRock Global Fixed Income.
The donated computer equipment will replace outdated gear in the library. The all-girls school at 350 E. 56 St. has a successful relationship with BlackRock, the host of an annual summer internship program in which two CHS students participated virtually during the summer.
“As we prepare our students for 21st-century careers, the latest computing technology becomes a critical tool for our students who are interested in business, science, or engineering,” said Maria Spagnuolo, the school’s principal. “We are grateful to BlackRock for their generous donation, and we look forward to sending more of our students to their prestigious and competitive Summer Excellence Internship program.”
BlackRock is a global investment manager and a leading provider of financial technology. The publicly traded company helps millions of people build savings by making investing easier and affordable.
Cathedral High School, a Catholic College Preparatory school of the Archdiocese of New York, educates young women of all faiths and expects them to behave with religious and moral integrity in the pursuit of social justice. The school has seven varsity sports, and it is a member of the Girls Catholic High School Athletic Association, competing on the B division level.
For more information about the school, please visit www.cathedralhs.org or call Johanna Castex-Velez, Director of Admissions at (212) 688-1545 ext. 224.
As Omicron Surges, Catholic Schools Meet the Challenge
When it comes to confronting the latest Omicron surge, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York prove they’ve always been able to put up a good fight. The latest from the National Catholic Register reports on this continued success. Click here to view the article!
Below is a brief excerpt, including a quote from Superintendent Michael J. Deegan:
… In the Los Angeles Archdiocese, which has the largest Catholic-school system in the country, Superintendent Paul Escala said his last survey of 220 schools indicated more than 70% were in full in-person mode, with the remainder in modified-learning modality until staff members who must quarantine due to exposure or sickness can return to campus.
Escala explained that, especially with elementary schools, which lack large complements of additional teaching staff, having more than a few teachers out can be disruptive. …
Still, Escala said, “I think that our schools once again are showing resilience in the face of challenges. Resilience, persistence, grit: You witness it all. And I think it’s just the difference between having a job and having a vocation. Our leaders, our teachers as a whole see their work differently than their [public-school] peers do. Because of that, they are able to bear witness to the incredible power of the Gospel.”
New York Catholic Schools Superintendent Michael Deegan concurred. “What distinguishes Catholic schoolteachers in the Archdiocese of New York from many public-school teachers is that Catholic teachers put the needs of their children before their own needs. That is a historic qualification of Catholic educators.”
Photo: A student sits behind a barrier and works on a tablet at St. Anthony Catholic High School during the COVID-19 pandemic on March 24, 2021, in Long Beach, California. As the pandemic continues, Catholic schools are demonstrating best practices for in-person learning, complete with tried-and-true safety measures. (photo: PATRICK T. FALLON / AFP via Getty Images).
Thank Governor Hochul for Supporting Catholic Schools
Governor Kathy Hochul released her first state budget proposal this week, and while she recommends increasing support for public schools by some 7 percent, her recommended increases in funding to support Catholic and other religious and independent schools amounts to an 18 percent increase. Specifically, Governor Hochul triples funding for health, safety, and security projects in our schools (from $15 million to $45 million) and allows nonpublic schools, for the first time, to use the funds to support critical maintenance and repairs of school facilities. Governor Hochul also increases support for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) instruction in our schools from $40 million to $55 million.
Click here to join us in sending a quick note thanking Governor Hochul for supporting our Catholic schools!
Catholic New York Profile: Her Job Is to Help Schools Understand Their Catholic Identity Makes Them Unique
In this profile of Linda M. Dougherty, associate superintendent for Catholic identity in the archdiocese, John Woods presents a compelling profile of Ms. Dougherty, writing, “Since taking over her new post last August, Mrs. Dougherty has already met with newly named principals and those in a couple of school regions around the archdiocese.
One of the first things Mrs. Dougherty often asks principals is how someone just walking in would know that their school is Catholic. Follow-up questions might include: ‘Who greets them?’ and ‘What is the culture of your school?’
The queries are designed to start a discussion about ‘what makes their school Catholic,’ she said.
Click here to view the full article.
Photo: Cardinal Dolan offered Mass last September for students of St. John’s School in Goshen.
Catholic New York Article: Latino Outreach Program ‘Like Talking With a Relative,’ Says One Parent
In an article in yesterday’s Catholic New York, Armando Machado reports, “At the archdiocesan School Superintendent’s Office, the Latino Outreach Program helps Hispanic families navigate the intricacies of school application, enrollment and financial aid procedures, in Spanish for parents and guardians who are not fluent in English or simply feel more at ease with their native language. The outreach efforts include the use of social media.”
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Considering a New York City Catholic School for Your Family
In an article in New York Family that appeared on January 13, 2022, Jaclyn Griffith writes about the impact of school choice, saying:
“It’s hard to imagine a decision that impacts your child’s present and future more than the decision of which school they will attend. Academics, community, relationships, location, guiding principles—all of these are sure to influence your family’s school choice. While considering the overwhelming number of options, it’s important for parents to understand the benefits of a Catholic school education in New York City.”
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Photo: New York Family | Getty Images
Archdiocese of New York Catholic Elementary Schools Closed Friday for Traditional Snow Day
As of 5am today, Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of New York are closed due to the winter storm. There will be no remote learning. The school day will be made up later in the year.
> Click here to view press announcement in SI Live (photo credit: SI Live)
Catholic schools disprove teacher-union claims schools must close for safety
In an op-ed piece in yesterday’s New York Post says, Ed Cox says, “there’s no ‘lost education’ for Catholic schools.
Catholic Schools Issue COVID-19 Test Guidelines and Tips for Families
Catholic Schools Issue COVID-19 Test Guidelines and Tips for Families
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Catholic Schools Update: Archdiocese of New York to Provide Free COVID-19 Home Test Kits to Staff and Students’ Families
Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan announced today: “I am very pleased that after much work between the Health and Safety Task Force of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools and government officials, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York will be able to provide every family and staff member with a COVID-19 home test kit.” See Mr. Deegan’s full message below, and learn more at: https://catholicschoolsny.org/covid-19.
January 1, 2022 | Haga clic aquí para la versión en español de este anuncio
Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
Dear Catholic School Communities,
I hope you had a blessed Christmas and as enjoyable a New Year celebration as possible. We are all weary of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the accompanying impositions on our personal lives as well as the requirements on our schools in order to remain open safely, as they have since the beginning of this pandemic.
I am very pleased that after much work between the Health and Safety Task Force of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools and government officials, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York will be able to provide every family and staff member with a COVID-19 home test kit. As municipalities and health organizations struggle to stock up on these much sought-after kits, we hope our distribution of tens of thousands of test kits will provide some small measure of comfort in knowing you will have these crucial tools in your home when you are exposed to COVID.
Your principal will be in touch regarding the distribution of the test kits for your school community this week. Please be sure to review the document distributed with these kits for critical information on their use and contact your school office with any questions about the distribution of these free kits. While we will strive to continue to make kits available in the future to you, please know that you can and should also visit the free testing sites linked here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you. In NYC: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/covid-19-testing.page.
While social media and newscasts portray many conflicting and contradictory headlines and narratives, and COVID mandates seemingly change on a daily basis, you can be confident that our schools remain a constant in a universe of variables: our buildings are safe and remain open for our students to safely pray, learn, and grow together. We remain so by continuing to follow the health and safety guidelines that got us here. We will continue to require temperature checks, face coverings, physical distancing and enhanced ventilation processes in all of our school buildings.
The experts of the Health and Safety Tasks Force of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools are evaluating all of the new guidance and information about quarantine, isolation, close contacts, testing and the associated timelines for each. We will leave behind the chaos of government and press releases and in the coming weeks, provide updated protocols for our families, recognizing; however, if some warrant implementation sooner, we will do so. While we understand that some want the policies implemented overnight, as we have always done, our response will be thoughtful, intentional and always made in the best interest of all of those in our school communities.
Lastly, it is imperative that if you or your child have any symptoms, even mild ones, get tested and remain home until you receive the results of the test. We know that PCR testing remains the gold standard of testing and that those who are vaccinated may take a day or two to test positive after being symptomatic with the new variant Omicron.
Please join me in praying for an end to this awful health crisis and that 2022 brings us closer to the freedoms and simplicity we enjoyed at this time two years ago. I remain grateful for your support, resolve and partnership in keeping Catholic schools at the forefront of education and safety throughout the global health crisis.
Mr. Michael J. Deegan
Superintendent of Schools
Archdiocese of New York
Christmas 2021 Greeting from New York Catholic Schools Superintendent Michael J. Deegan
In his videotaped 2021 Christmas greeting, Superintendent of Schools Mr. Michael J. Deegan expresses his wish for a “blessed, merry Christmas and a healthy New Year.” Mr. Deegan also voices his thanks for the “bright-eyed optimism” of our Catholic school youth, whose faith and example give us hope for better days ahead. Also on set at St. Joseph’s Seminary is the Cardinal Hayes High School Choir, shown above, who sing a lovely rendition of “Silent Night.” Click here to view the video!
John Harper Interviews Superintendent Michael J. Deegan
In this in-depth, Thanksgiving 2021 interview with John Harper of Relevant Radio, Michael J. Deegan, Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York discusses how Catholic Schools have safely and effectively remained opened for our students.
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Catholic Schools Celebrate Thanksgiving through #ArchGiving
This year, students at Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York prepare their hearts for Thanksgiving by raising food donations expressing gratitude through cards and prayers, and helping those in need in their community. Through the hashtag #ArchGiving, schools throughout the Archdiocese share on this video the many ways that their students gave back this Thanksgiving season.
Click here or on the video viewer below to view a video snapshot of these charitable efforts!
Science Teacher at St. Martin de Porres School Receives Prestigious STANYS Award
We are thrilled to announce that Mrs. Loretto Canfield, a science teacher at St. Martin de Porres School in Poughkeepsie New York, was awarded the STANYS Excellence in Science Teaching Award last week. The award is given to teachers with careers that exemplify the STANYS mission: their work showcases excellence in teaching, leading, and providing opportunities for all students to participate in and learn Science. The award is given yearly to only one teacher in the state! Congratulations, Mrs. Canfield!
> Click here for the full award announcement and testimonials
Archdiocese of New York’s Family Life Office Offers Parents Free Webinars about Preventing Suicide among our Children
Hope and Action: A Free Webinar For Parents of Teens and Young Adults About Preventing Suicide Among Our Children
Sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York’s Family Life Office, this free Zoom-based webinar offers parents a safe and confidential way to learn about warning signs for suicide, and how to create space for loving conversations that may save a life. The webinar will be offered twice, once on Thursday, 28 October and once on Wednesday, 3 November at 6:30pm (ET).
- Click here to register for Thursday October 28
- Click here to register for Wednesday November 3
Q&A to follow presentation
Fr. Chris Alar, MIC: Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception; Author, After Suicide: There’s Hope for Them and for You
Pamela Morris, PhD: Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt School; Loss survivor
Stan Collins: Suicide prevention specialist; Co-founder, Directing Change Program; Loss survivor
> Click here to view and download the program flyer with complete details
NYC Catholic school enrollment rising amid end of Gifted and Talented program
Friday’s New York Post noted that: “New York’s parochial schools fully reopened more or less a full year ahead of schools run by the city Department of Education, which have seen a steep enrollment and attendance drop. More recent interest in Catholic schools has been spawned by Mayor de Blasio’s announced plan to kill the Gifted & Talented classes, as parents seek alternatives to remote learning and look for more challenging classrooms.”
> Click here to view the full article by Conor Skelding!