NEW YORK — With the beginning of the new academic year less than two months away, the Archdiocese of New York unveiled their plan for reopening Catholic schools.
“Since April, the Catholic Schools Re-Opening Council has worked tirelessly to prepare guidance that will ensure the safe return of our students, teachers, and staff to our school buildings. I am grateful for their efforts,” Superintendent of Schools, Michael Deegan in a letter on Monday.
Based on the needs of communities and physical space, principals have been developing localized school plans that comply with government, state and local health officials, he said.
“We are committed to opening schools for 5 days a week for in-school instruction for all students, ensuring social distancing can safely be maintained in our buildings under the direct supervision of a teacher,” Deegan said in a statement.
Under the “Catholic Schools Opening: Moving Forward Together” plan, various models of instruction are in place, which include full remote learning, a hybrid model of the “traditional” model.
The plan includes four reopening stages, which include modes of instruction, guidelines for morning drop-offs and after-school programs, speech and occupational therapy sessions and the resumption of extracurricular activities.
Rules on facility requirements, including proper signage and the banning of shared lockers, the use of hand air dryers and vending machines, and daily protocols and procedures, such as temperature screenings, face masks and not sharing school supplies, also included in the guidelines.