Updated COVID-19 Guidelines


Consistent with recent CDC guidance, quarantine for individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end after ten days without a testing requirement if no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period. 

Individuals must continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14; 

Individuals must be counseled to continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14.

Individuals must be advised that if any symptoms develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.

These quarantine requirements are also applicable to travelers who are not essential workers and/or who did not complete the testing requirements described in Executive Order 205.2.

Message from the Superintendent of Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2020


Adriana Rodriguez

John Quaglione 


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 catholicschoolsbq.org.

NYC Public School Closure – SHCA Remains Open for Classes

Dear Families,

We have just heard the recent announcement of the Mayor to close public schools as of Thursday, November 19, 2020.

The schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn plan on remaining open in partnership with the Archdiocese of New York.

St. Helen Catholic Academy will remain open.

This decision will only change if the Governor declares New York City an “Orange” Zone.

We will continue to update you.

Christine Zerillo


Important Message from the Superintendent of Schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn

By now you have all heard the Mayor’s statements regarding the closing of the public schools in New York City.  While the Mayor is focusing on the New York City Schools, we are confident at this time that our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will remain open.  We are already working to ensure that the essential services of transportation, food and nursing are in place in the event that the public schools close.

We continue to work to ensure that health and safety of everyone in our communities is a priority and we will continue to provide a safe and caring environment.

Please know that we will never compromise the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students.

We will update you as new information is made available to us.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures – Health & Safety Issues

Dear St. Helen Catholic Academy Families,

As a school we are focused on the health and safety of all members of our community.  During the school day we follow Public Health Tenets:
Stay Home if Sick-
      -Only leave for essential medical care and testing or other essential errands.
Keep Physical Distance-
      -Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
Keep Hands Clean-
      -Wash your hands often with soap and water.  Use sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Wear a Face Covering-
      -You can be contagious without symptoms.  Protect those around you by wearing a face covering.
It is important that you help us maintain a healthful environment during arrival and dismissal time.
          – After you drop off student at arrival, please return to your car
          – At dismissal, pick up your student and return to your car
Lingering on school property does not support the public health guidelines.  Be sure to adhere to social distancing practices.  Masks are required on school property.  We want all community members to be safe. 
Your actions have an impact on us all.
Thank you for your attention to these matters.
Christine Zerillo


PDHP ( Program for the Development of Human Potential) will begin to post helpful parenting information on social media outlets, (www.facebook.com/PDHPParents or PDHP Parents on YouTube).  In the past, “See You Later, Alligator”, early childhood workshop for parents, has been popular at the start of school.  Therefore, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, beginning September 9th, they will provide ten-minute talks on these platforms to go over the strategies, skills, and self-care this topic offers the parents and caregivers of this age group.  Keep in mind that while focus is for the PreK3 to 1st Grade set, parents of many older children attend as well.  On, Tuesdays and Thursdays, offered will be information, prevention education, wellness, and mindfulness along the lens of parenting, family, community, and self.  Please like, subscribe, join in & share these pages as many of your peers, families and even my colleagues shared that they used the content both personally as well as professionally last trimester.