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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN DIOCESE OF ALBANY SEE UPTICK IN ENROLLMENT AS SCHOOLS PREPARE TO REOPEN WITH IN-PERSON, HYBRID AND REMOTE LEARNING OPTIONS

August 11, 2020

Catholic schools in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany are seeing an uptick in enrollment as families seek out educational alternatives in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Each of the 21 schools in the Diocese has submitted a reopening plan to the Department of Health and the State Education Department and is preparing to reopen with options that include full-time on-site education, hybrid models, and fully remote availability. Families may select the option that best serves their individual needs. 
 
“Our leaders, teachers, and staff have been working assiduously to prepare reopening plans that welcome students and faculty back to the safe learning environment our schools are known for. At the same time, we respect that our longstanding success is built on the principle of parental choice,” said Giovanni Virgiglio, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Albany. “As new, returning, and prospective families review our schools’ reopening plans, they will see a variety of learning options at each grade level — in school, at home, or a hybrid of the two. Education is not one size fits all.”
 
“If you have never considered our Catholic schools, now is the time,” Virgiglio added. “Safety has taken on a whole new meaning and we are committed to working with families to customize a learning plan that is tailored to their child — from pre-k up through high school.”
 
The diocese has pushed back opening day, originally slated for Sept. 9, to Monday, Sept. 14. Staff development days will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8, and Wednesday, Sept. 9, to address any remaining reopening preparations. On Thursday, Sept. 10, and Friday, Sept. 11, schools will operate on an abbreviated schedule to orient students to new procedures, which include new screening and safety measures. Families and students will be notified of the schedule for both days by school administrators in the coming weeks.
 
In the weeks leading up to the first day, Catholic schools will be hosting parent and faculty forums, per the governor’s recommendation. In addition, schools will continue to work with local departments of health to assess safety measures and determine if at any point a school needs to close for a period of time.
 
Visit https://www.higherpoweredlearning.org/our-schools/ to find a school near you. Reopening plans are posted on each school’s website.