We created this micro-site to answer frequently asked questions about our re-opening plan for the 2021-2022 school year and to address ongoing questions as protocols and guidelines change. Policies and protocols are subject to change based upon the lifting or restricting of actions by the state or the city. Questions regarding this site and any subsequent changes can be directed to Peter Maas, Chief Financial and Operating Officer (COVID-19 Coordinator) at pmaas@cathedralnyc.org.

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  • 2021-2022 Reopening Plan

    The Cathedral School "Safe to Return to In-Person Learning Plan" can be accessed here.

    Policies and protocols are subject to change based upon the lifting or restricting of actions by the state or the city. Questions regarding this plan and any subsequent changes can be directed to Peter Maas, Chief Financial and Operating Officer (COVID-19 Coordinator) at pmaas@cathedralnyc.org.
  • Current Quarantine Protocol

    As a result of consultation with our medical advisors and the DOH, we have revised our quarantine requirements. Please visit this document for the latest COVID-19 protocols, including:
    • Common COVID-19 Symptoms
    • Protocols if COVID-19 exposure is suspected at the school
    • Response protocol for confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • Returning to School after testing positive, being a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, and after travel.
  • On-going Communication

    A complete chronology of Cathedral School communications since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic— including audio from Fireside Chats and Town Halls— can be found here.

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  • The advantage of 13 acres

    The Cathedral School is set in the heart of a 13-acre campus unlike any other in Manhattan. Within this unique environment, we cultivate our students’ natural curiosity into a passion for lifelong learning.
  • The 2019 Expansion Project and renovations

    The Expansion Project completed in February of 2019 added 8,000 square feet of new learning space at Cathedral. In addition, 4,000 square feet of the campus underwent renovations that are particularly beneficial during this pandemic.
  • Outdoor spaces and playgrounds

    Sheltered by both the Cathedral and the school building, the Kit Wallace Playground has an incredible array of equipment, guaranteed to please and challenge any Cathedral student, while still accomodating social distance. 

    Equally enjoyable is the Nave Playground, running along the south side of the Cathedral and featuring climbing equipment and ample space.
  • Daily Online Questionnaire (AUXS Safety App)

    Parents and employees have all downloaded the AUXS Safety App. The AUXS Safety App daily online questionnaire must be completed at home every morning. Paper copies will be available at each entrance if access to a computer or cell phone is unavailable.

    Completion of the App will be required of any student or employee whether or not they are in attendance that day. Those who are not in attendance that day must complete the App by 9:00 a.m.
     
    These questions will be updated periodically to make sure they reflect current guidance from the CDC and NYCDOH. The school will not retain individual medical or health information from this online questionnaire.

    Only the “clear/not clear” status of the individual as determined by the questionnaire will be retained.

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  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and mask protocol

    All students (K to 8), faculty, and staff on the Close of the Cathedral Church or in any Cathedral School building must wear a mask and maintain social distancing at all times with rare exceptions. Shields may only be worn with masks.

    Our PPE and distancing policies are critically important and will be closely monitored. 

    For children who prefer to use disposable masks, the school has a supply of disposable surgical masks on hand (adult and child-sized) that community members may use at no charge if the family cannot provide them.

    Teachers are provided with surgical masks and shields if requested at no charge. 

    Face masks should be washed, disinfected, or replaced after each day’s use and must not be shared. Students and families should take responsibility for maintaining their individual face coverings. The CDC provides guidance on its website for additional information on cloth face coverings and other types of PPE, as well as instructions on use and cleaning.

    The Cathedral School provides all students and faculty with training on how to properly put on, take off, clean (as applicable), wear, and discard PPE, including face masks. 

    For information on how to properly apply a facemask and rare exceptions to the facemask policy, select Read More below.
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  • Acceptable face coverings

    Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include cloth-based face coverings with a minimum of two layers (with no exhalation valve or vent) and, surgical masks, or other masks approved by the COVID-19 Coordinator. 

    Only approved medical grade masks may include valves. All masks must cover both the mouth and nose. Shields may only be worn with a mask. Single-layer bandanas or sun gators are not acceptable.

    Faculty and students, especially younger students, may use face coverings that are transparent at or around the mouth for instruction or interventions that require visualization of the movement of the lips and/or mouths (e.g., circle time).

    These alternate coverings may also be used for certain students who benefit from being able to see more of the face of the faculty or staff member.

    For staff engaged in work activities that require a higher degree of protection due to the nature of the work (e.g. health screenings, nurse’s office work), N-95 masks, N-95 respirators, or other PPE used under existing industry standards should be used, in accordance with OSHA guidelines.

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  • Cathedral's ongoing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program

    Guidance from the NY State Education Department indicates that, “Social emotional well-being must be schools’ and districts’ top priority in supporting school transitions, not at the expense of academics, but in order to create the mental, social, and emotional space for academic learning to occur.”

    This upcoming year, Cathedral’s SEL (social emotional learning) curriculum will continue to foster the Five CASEL core competency skills of self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

    The first quarter of the school year will focus on reconnecting and rebuilding our community of learners through research-based lessons conducted by classroom teachers, under the guidance our psychologists.  

    The Cathedral School also recognizes that social-emotional education is critical from an equity and justice perspective. Emotional intelligence is highly correlated with career success and is a developmental right of all children. 
  • Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement in the Upper School

    Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement in the Upper School will be furthered by the Director of Equity and Engagement and Divisional Coordinators in the following ways:
    • Students will continue to participate in Affinity Groups, which will address both issues of identity and equity generally, as well as how they are manifested in the COVID-19 pandemic
    • All students in the Upper School will have Equity & Justice classes
    • The Equity & Engagement Director and Divisional Coordinators will host sessions to share best practices to help parents support children and each other at home
    • The Upper School Leadership Team will assess students’ changing technological needs and other equity-based issues that might arise
    • The Equity & Engagement Director and Divisional Coordinators will be available to speak with parents and guardians upon request
    • The Upper School will offer EXCEL (teacher office hours) to support students struggling with time management and workload.
    • Advisory periods will be themed to assist students with strengthening relationships, building self-esteem, time management, and coping with change. Deans and teachers will partner in this work with the Upper School Psychologist and Learning Specialists. 
  • In service training for faculty and staff

    The Cathedral School also recognizes that our students will have difficulty accessing their ability to learn until they feel emotionally safe. To this end, teachers will receive in-service training prior to the start of school on the identification of and support for traumatic stress related to COVID and racial injustice.

    Faculty, Staff, and Administrators will receive training prior to the start of the school year in how to identify pediatric symptoms of COVID-19, and will refer any students they see exhibiting such symptoms during the day to the Nurse.
  • Role of school psychologists

    Cathedral families are always welcome to call upon the support and resources of Upper School Psychologist, Dr. Mark Thomas (mthomas@cathedralnyc.org) and our new Lower School Psychologist, Dr. Barbara Whelan (bwhelan@cathedralnyc.org ).

     Their role includes but is not limited to:
    • Serving as a liaison for communication with students and families in crisis
    • Maintaining a bank of social-emotional lessons, activities, and other resources
    • Hosting virtual sessions for parents to share best practices to help support children and parents and guardians at home
    • Speaking to parents and guardians upon request
    • Employing a highly tailored approach to each student and/or family situation
    • Providing instructional support to assist teachers with planning, implementing, and supporting the fidelity and progress monitoring of evidence-based academic interventions
    • Providing support to teachers and parents about signs of depression, anxiety, stress, lack of motivation, and disengagement so they may identify students who need support
    • Providing supportive counseling and consultation for teachers and students who are struggling with issues related to the virus and confinement. Refer staff to community and system agencies when appropriate.

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  • A passion for learning

    Passion for Learning is one of The Cathedral School's seven core values. As a community, and throughout this pandemic, we are determined to honor this value.

    Passion for learning means constantly striving to better understand ourselves and the world. At Cathedral, we inspire active and ongoing inquiry, dialogue, and critical thought in order to pursue our interests and talents while exploring things that are challenging for us in order to grow.

    We are committed to nurturing articulate, confident, responsible citizens of the world.
  • Spirit of community

    A sense of community is essential to life at The Cathedral School. We welcome each child as a whole person, with respect for their individuality and worth. 

    Inclusion is at the core of the mission of The Cathedral School. We believe that the recognition and appreciation of differences in race, socioeconomic status, cultural or religious tradition, age, gender, ability, and sexual orientation enhance the individual's sense of identity and broaden respect for others. At Cathedral, growing and learning together in a diverse community of individuals is an invaluable aspect of the education we provide.

    It is in times of disruption that we all have an opportunity to provide true support for one another—this is particularly true at The Cathedral School, where our Mission and Core Values guide all that we do as teachers and learners.
  • Dedicated faculty

    From Kindergarten through 8th grade, our dedicated faculty challenge and support Cathedral students as they grow into critical thinkers, thoughtful scholars, and culturally competent leaders.

    The entire faculty and staff welcome the opportunity to work together and demonstrate these values in new and powerful ways—all for the continued growth and education of our students. 
  • Rigorous academics

    We believe in a rigorous academic program that blends innovation and tradition, from the 3rd grade’s sophisticated Lego Robotics projects to the robust Latin program in our Upper School.

    Our Mission Statement is an important guiding document for our institution, at all times. The statement calls for us to form “articulate, confident, and responsible citizens of the world… through innovative approaches to learning.”

    At Cathedral, our Mission Statement is more than just words—it is an imperative woven into the very fabric of our program. Innovative approaches are exactly what this moment calls for, and Cathedral is deeply grateful for the talents and partnership of our dedicated faculty who are prepared to embrace the challenges and opportunities with their usual aplomb. 
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