State of Our Schools: Parents finding new schools for kids after closures

While the new school year is about to start, several Catholic schools in the borough are at their end--closed by the archdiocese this summer.

News 12 Staff

Sep 4, 2020, 1:32 AM

Updated 1,352 days ago

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While the new school year is about to start, several Catholic schools in the borough are at their end--closed by the archdiocese this summer. 
St. Luke is one of 20 Catholic schools closed by the Archdiocese of New York in July due to the coronavirus pandemic. Six of those schools are in the Bronx.
The archdiocese says that that the time, the reason was the “devastating financial impact on Catholic school families,” which included low registration rates for the fall and the lack of public masses creating a lack of funds to support the schools. 
Parents received letters from the archdiocese informing them of the “very sad news.” 
Parents of an estimated 2,500 students had weeks to find a new school for their kids to call home. 
The Office of the Superintendent of Schools for the archdiocese pledged to work with the affected families to help in their search.
They told News 12 in a statement, "We approached this process with compassion and a determination to help families find a new Catholic school to call home. We are grateful for the overwhelming number of families, especially in the Bronx, who will continue their Catholic education journey when school starts next week."


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