Cardinal Hayes has no higher priority than the health and safety of its community, which includes all students, faculty, and staff.
Our mission is to inspire diverse young men of the New York City metropolitan area to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens, and to nourish our students' spiritual and intellectual growth through our rigorous college preparatory program of academics, extra-curricular activities, and personal discipline.
As an institution rooted in Roman Catholic values, we celebrate, honor and embrace our diversity, acknowledging that this particular value leads to social, emotional and academic excellence. This belief and its pursuit has prepared our students to become contributing members of an increasingly diverse and global world. Cardinal Hayes has always measured its success by enhancing the life and dignity of each individual within the community, and as we prepare to begin the 2020-2021 academic year we are committed to instilling these very values into our academic and social emotional learning programs in each of the learning models that our families have selected for their child.
When confronted by the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, the Cardinal Hayes community quickly adapted to the challenging circumstances, embracing a learning environment to which they had never been exposed. Our faculty, guidance department and administration assured that students were accountable for their work and that they were given equal opportunities to succeed. Our success is perhaps best measured by the 100% graduation rate for our outgoing seniors.
When we return in the fall, we are fully committed to providing our community with the same quality of education that has defined our previous 78 years, and to adapting to the challenges set before us.
Our reopening plan embraces a hybrid instructional model of both in-person and remote learning experiences for students. Families were provided with the option to choose between the Hybrid Model or 100% At Home Learning. Any family who chose 100% At Home Learning will have the option to change back to the Hybrid model at a few specific times during the school year, but not before the completion of the 1st quarter on October 30. Those students would begin their hybrid learning on November 2, if space is available.
In order to help mitigate viral spread, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to perform a health screening each day before their arrival. In addition, Cardinal Hayes will require physical distancing throughout the school wherever possible and require all students, faculty, and staff to wear face masks at all times, except when eating lunch.
Cardinal Hayes’s Reopening Plan is based on the most recent guidance from the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Archdiocese of New York (ADNY).
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has shared data-driven guidelines that have helped regions plan for the phased reopening of New York State. The following criteria will impact our ability to reopen for on-site learning in September:
The infection rate is sufficiently low
The health care system has the capacity to absorb a potential resurgence in new cases
Diagnostic testing capacity is sufficiently high to detect and isolate new cases
Robust contact-tracing capacity is in place to help prevent the spread of the virus
Now more than ever, we are going to rely on our parents/guardians to help support us as we work through the final stages of our planning in order to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff. This will include compliance with policies on arrival and departure, screenings, attendance, face mask wearing and physical distancing.
We thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout this most exigent time, and look forward to presenting our plan to you in person at our next Parent Information Zoom Meeting at 6 pm on Tuesday, August 18.