Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for Brooklyn and Queens, has 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 tomorrow.

“I am frustrated that the Mayor’s announcement was made as Catholic schools and academies throughout Brooklyn and Queens were dismissing our students. 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,” said Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Catholic Schools ~ Office of Support Services.

Catholic schools in the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens have provided safe, five days a week in-person learning since beginning this school year, as scheduled, on September 9. The Superintendent, along with the Superintendent of the Archdiocese of New York, has 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 successfully operated for more than two months due to the strict adherence to the important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission, 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 of our students, faculty, and staff.

         For a listing and more information about Catholic Schools in Brooklyn and Queens, please visit


Paul Effman Music

The live online lessons are now underway, along with a wealth of supplementary material developed over the summer. Parents love that their children can continue to have a creative outlet, while students love playing their instruments again with their peers!
Paul Efman looks forward to getting back to in-person lessons. It’s never too late for students to join the music program. Parents please go to to learn about the program and to register. 

Parent’s Letter 10/19/2020

October 17, 2020

Dear Catholic Academy and Parish School Families,

Since September, our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools have been open and operating safely and efficiently. Thank you for your support in ensuring our guidelines for health and safety have been followed. Every person in our extended Catholic Academy and Parish Schools’ community has the responsibility to observe social distancing and wear a mask. This is what will keep the doors to our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools open; this is what will continue to keep everyone at our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools safe and healthy. Our principals, teachers and health aides have rigorously enforced health and safety protocols in our Catholic Academy and Parish Schools. For all this is being done on a daily basis, we are most grateful.

However, as students’ participation in outside extracurricular activities increases, the possibility of exposure to individuals who are positive for COVID may increase for both the students and their families. The same outcome can be true for attending any event with large numbers of people. This past week we have seen a very slight uptick in positive cases, and every positive case has been traced back to exposures at gatherings, parties, and events outside of the Catholic Academy/Parish School. We are sending this letter as a stark reminder COVID protocols do not end at the end of the school day and/or take the weekends off!

With that being said, it is crucial that every family completes the daily self-screening checklist, prior to sending their children to the Catholic Academy/Parish School.

If you can answer YES to any of the questions, your child may NOT enter the Catholic Academy/Parish School building. You MUST contact a health professional for guidance and notify the Catholic Academy/Parish School principal.

As a reminder, the questions are:

  1. If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness, which may decrease the student’s ability to learn and put them at risk for spreading illness to others. Does your child have any of these symptoms?
  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Sore Throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  1. To the best of your knowledge, in the past 14 days, has your child been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19?
  2. Has your child or a member of your household traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.

According to the New York State Department of Health, your child will need to receive a note of medical clearance and a negative PCR COVID test to return to school, should they develop any symptoms or be sent home from school. 

What else can we all be doing to maintain a safe environment for all? We can limit our exposure to large groups of people, continue to practice good hand hygiene, have a supply of masks on hand so that the fabric masks can be washed daily, and ensure everyone in your family receives a flu shot and all immunizations are kept up-to-date.

We truly appreciate everyone’s honesty, cooperation and dedication, to keeping our schools safe and healthy places of learning. During the month of the Most Holy Rosary, we continue to entrust our students, teachers, principals and staff to our Lady; the cause of our hope and joy.


Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services


17 de octubre de 2020

Estimadas familias de la Academia Católica y la Escuela Parroquial,

Desde septiembre, nuestras Academias Católicas y Escuelas Parroquiales han estado abiertas y funcionando de manera segura y eficiente. Gracias por su apoyo para garantizar que se hayan seguido nuestras pautas de salud y seguridad. Cada persona en nuestra gran comunidad de las Academias Católicas y las Escuelas Parroquiales tienen la responsabilidad de observar el distanciamiento social y usar una máscara. Esto es lo que mantendrá abiertas las puertas de nuestras Academias Católicas y Escuelas Parroquiales; esto es lo que mantendrá a todos en nuestras Academias Católicas y Escuelas Parroquiales seguros y saludables. Nuestros directores, maestros y asistentes han hecho cumplir rigurosamente los protocolos de salud y seguridad en nuestras Academias Católicas y Escuelas Parroquiales. Por todo esto que se hace a diario, estamos muy agradecidos.

Sin embargo, a medida que aumenta la participación de los estudiantes en actividades extracurriculares, la posibilidad de exposición a personas positivas de COVID puede aumentar tanto para los estudiantes como para sus familias. Lo mismo puede pasar al asistir a cualquier evento con un gran número de personas. La semana pasada hemos visto un ligero aumento en los casos positivos, y cada caso positivo se remonta a exposiciones en reuniones, fiestas y eventos fuera de la Academia Católica / Escuela Parroquial. Enviamos esta carta para recordarles que los protocolos de COVID no terminan al final del día escolar y / o se toman los fines de semana libres.

Dicho esto, es crucial que cada familia complete la lista de verificación diaria de autoevaluación, antes de enviar a sus hijos a la Academia Católica / Escuela Parroquial.

Si puede responder SÍ a cualquiera de las preguntas, su hijo NO puede entrar al edificio de la Academia Católica / Escuela Parroquial. DEBE contactar a un profesional de la salud para recibir orientación y notificar al director de la Academia Católica / Escuela Parroquial.

Déjeme recordarle las preguntas

  1. Si su hijo tiene alguno de los siguientes síntomas, eso indica una posible enfermedad, que

puede disminuir la capacidad del estudiante para aprender y ponerlo en riesgo de transmitir la enfermedad a otros. ¿Su hijo tiene alguno de estos síntomas?

  • Temperatura 100,4 grados Fahrenheit
  • Dolor de garganta
  • Tos incontrolada que causa dificultad para respirar (para los estudiantes con tos crónica alérgica / asmática, un cambio en su tos con respecto al inicio)
  • Diarrea, vómitos o dolor abdominal
  • Nueva aparición de dolor de cabeza intenso, especialmente con fiebre
  • Dificultad para respirar
  • Fatiga
  • Dolores musculares o corporales
  • Pérdida del gusto u olfato
  • Congestión o secreción nasal
  • Náuseas o vómitos
  1. En los últimos 14 días, ¿su hijo ha estado en contacto cercano (dentro de los 6 pies durante al menos 10 minutos) con alguien que haya dado positivo en una prueba de diagnóstico para COVID-19 o que tenga o tuvo síntomas de COVID-19?
  2. ¿Su hijo o un miembro de su hogar ha viajado internacionalmente o desde un estado con transmisión comunitaria generalizada de COVID-19 según el Aviso de viajes del estado de Nueva York en los últimos 14 días?

Según el Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York, su hijo deberá recibir una nota de autorización médica y una prueba de PCR COVID negativa para regresar a la escuela, en caso de que presente algún síntoma o sea enviado a casa desde la escuela.

¿Qué más podemos hacer para mantener un entorno seguro para todos? Podemos limitar nuestra exposición a grandes grupos de personas, seguir practicando una buena higiene de manos, tener un suministro de mascarillas a mano para que las mascarillas de tela se puedan lavar a diario y asegurarnos de que todos en la familia reciban una vacuna contra la gripe y se mantengan todas las vacunas al día.

Realmente apreciamos la honestidad, cooperación y dedicación de todos para ayudarnos a mantener nuestras escuelas como lugares de aprendizaje seguros y saludables. Durante el mes del Santísimo Rosario, continuamos confiando a nuestros estudiantes, maestros, directores y personal a la Virgen; la causa de nuestra esperanza y alegría.


Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D

Superintendente de la escuelas Católicas