Religious Education COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Our in-person sessions will be adapted to meet Archdiocese of New York safety protocols. The following modifications will be in effect for the upcoming year, but may be revised at any time as the situation develops:

  • The first day of sessions will be Sunday, September 19, 2021. (Remote learning sessions will begin on Monday, September 27, 2021.)
  • In-person sessions will be limited to 10 children per session at St. Catherine of Siena and 7 children per session at St. Vincent Ferrer to maintain social distancing.
  • There will be a break between sessions to allow for cleaning and for all children to leave before the next group arrives for screening. It will be imperative that children arrive and depart on time.
  • The Atrium or classroom will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each session.
  • We will have an air purifier running in the Atrium since there are no windows in that space. Our facilities at St. Vincent Ferrer have windows.
  • On weekdays, parents and caregivers will drop off and pick up children at St. Catherine’s from the rear of the church where they can social distance, instead of from the vestibule outside the Atrium. On Sundays, please bring children to the vestibule outside the Atrium.
  • We will check each catechist’s and each child’s temperature using a touchless thermometer before they enter the Atrium or classroom. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4° F or above will not be permitted to enter.
  • Parents, caregivers, and middle school children who arrive unaccompanied must satisfactorily answer four health-screening questions before the children will be permitted to enter.
  • Our catechists are fully vaccinated, but all adults and children will wear masks during in-person sessions.
  • Adults and children will use hand sanitizer before entering the Atrium or classroom.
  • There will be no eating in the Atrium or classroom. Please ensure your child has a snack before coming to religious education.
  • If a child begins to exhibit symptoms of illness during a session, we will call a parent or caregiver to pick them up as soon as possible.
  • In case of any known exposure to COVID-19, sessions will be conducted via Zoom for the first 30 minutes of the regular class time until it is safe to resume in-person meetings.