CNA Staff, Oct 6, 2020 / 16:47 pm
Catholics schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn have asked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to permit four schools in areas of Brooklyn and Queens without widespread cases of coronavirus to continue in-person learning.
Three Brooklyn Catholic academies and one parish school had been operating under stringent coronavirus restrictions, but the schools were shut down Oct. 6 along, with about 300 others in the area.
The closed Catholic schools are St. Athanasius Catholic Academy, Our Lady of Grace, St. Edmund Elementary School, and Good Shepherd Catholic Academy. The enrollment totals 1,070 students.
Their combined enrollment is 1,070, and there has been one confirmed case of Covid-19 among them.
The Brooklyn diocese commented that “these statistics prove that the Diocesan COVID-19 safety policies are effectively protecting our students and teachers.”
On Oct. 5 Cuomo ordered schools in nine zip codes of Brooklyn and Queens to close. Although these zip codes represent 7% of New York City’s population, they have accounted for more than 20% of new coronavirus infections in the last four weeks.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio had asked Cuomo for permission to restrict both schools and businesses in the zip codes.
“This decision by the Governor clearly fails to take into account the positive progress our Diocesan school system has made so far this school year,” Tom Chadzutko, superintendent of schools for the Brooklyn diocese, said Oct. 5.