August 14, 2020
Dear Catholic Schools of Broome County Families & Staff:
The CSBC has successfully submitted our reopening plans to both the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Education Department. You can find a copy of our reopening plans on the CSBC website at https://csbcsaints.org/covid/. Please continue reading to the end of this letter for some important updates and actions below.
The first day of classes has been changed to Monday, September 14, 2020 similar to most of the Broome County public schools. Since our schools are dependent on public school bus transportation, we felt it was best to align our opening with the local schools. The additional three days will allow greater time for building/technology preparation, teacher professional development along with opportunities for parents and students to become familiar with our face-to-face and remote models.
In addition to uploading our reopening plans, Governor Cuomo has required each district to include the following information on their websites by the end of the day on Friday, August 14, 2020. These district-wide requirements include:
- Plans for COVD-19 testing from the Broome County Health Department
- Plans for contact tracing from the Broome County Health Department
- Schedule of 3-5 public meetings with parents
The dates for the CSBC parent meetings will be: 8/19, 8/25 & 8/27 at 6:30 pm – one for each elementary school and on 8/31 for Seton at 6:30 pm. Meetings will be held through ZOOM, will be recorded and you are welcome to attend any or all of them. Each parent meeting is limited to 100 persons and the ZOOM meetings can be accessed on the CSBC website at this link: Zoom Meetings.
It is now time for parents to commit to either face-to-face or remote learning for the start of school. It is important that you complete the survey using the link below on the CSBC website by Friday, August 21, 2020, Learning Method Survey.
Additionally we have prepared a list of FAQs based on questions we have received from parents. Please access the FAQs on the CSBC website at this link CSBC FAQs. If you should have any additional questions, please call your school or email your individual school principal.