UPDATED Travel Guidelines

Domestic Travel-

  • Travelers must immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop 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. Otherwise, there is no quarantine requirement

International Travel-

  • International Travelers must comply with CDC requirements, which currently include proof of negative test or recent COVID recovery in order to board airplanes headed to the US. Travelers must complete the NYS Department of Health traveler health form. 
  • Currently CDC does not require quarantine, work furlough, or testing requirements for asymptomatic international travelers.  New York follows that recommendation with the following exceptions:
    • Fully vaccinated individuals who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York from international travel.    
    • All unvaccinated international travelers who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York, consider non-mandated self-quarantine (7 days if tested on day 3-5, otherwise 10 days), and avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe disease for 14 days, regardless of test result.


NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory Effective April 1st

Domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory starting April 1st. Until that time, the NYS Travel Advisory is still in effect.

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn has expanded the International Travel Advisory to include all International Travel.


Full Information on the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory


Please Note: As per the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) schools can implement safety and health protocols that go above the NYS DOHMH and NYC DOHMH required safety and health protocols.


Updated Quarantine Guidance:



Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

Winter Recess Travel Guidelines 2021

Revised Definition of Classroom Close Contact

The NYC DOHMH is implementing a revised definition of General Classroom Close Contact, 10 or more minutes within 6 feet over 24 hours of an individual with COVID-19 during their infectious period, regardless of mask or face covering use or the presence of plexiglass or other barriers.  Riskier activities such as aerobic activities/singing as well as traveling via school bus will require additional precautions, more information to follow.

Confirm with the parent of the positive individual and the faculty and staff to identify any individual(s) who meets the criteria for a close contact.

This is only for the identified close contacts: We will now be required to send the individuals who have been identified as meeting the revised definition of a close contact to the NYC Health Department for Test and Trace to complete contact monitoring and provide support services.  



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