January Reopening

Beginning tomorrow, our school will reopen for in-person instruction as planned.  Tomorrow, January 5, students in grades 5 through 8 return for in-person instruction, while students in grades 9 through 12 return on Wednesday, January 6. While COVID-19 infection rates have continued to increase throughout our region, all available data indicate that the rate of virus transmission in schools remains low.  Governor Cuomo has said “the safest place in the community is truly the school” because the precautions schools have taken have been effective.  In December, we were forced to transition to schoolwide remote instruction.  This was due to the number of teachers quarantined and the staffing shortage created.  Unless we experience another extreme shortage or there is an executive order by the governor to close schools, we will continue to offer the option for in-person instruction.  We communicate on a daily basis with local health officials and other school leaders to monitor all available information, including how the increased infection rates relate to schools.  We want to take advantage of the opportunities we have for in-person instruction and we know how important it is for our students to be in school. In order to remain open, we need to keep this environment as safe as possible.  As we return to school, we use this moment to remind everyone of the health and safety precautions in place at CBA. Teachers will remind students of our rules on proper mask wearing, hand hygiene, social distancing, etc.  Students who violate CBA’s mask policy will receive a verbal warning by the teacher. For subsequent violations, the student will be referred to the administration and may be placed in remote instruction for repeated violations.  We ask everyone to answer the questions in daily screening honestly and insist that anyone who is sick stay home.   If we adhere to these precautions, we can continue to limit the spread of the virus in school.  The next few weeks will be challenging and we anticipate more positive cases.  If we remain committed to each other’s health and adhere to our policies, we can continue to provide in-person instruction in the healthy, safe, and faith-filled environment that you have chosen and the environment that we work diligently to offer to every student, every day.    Sincerely,

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Returning to CBA – January 2021

Dear CBA Families, We hope you all had a peaceful and Merry Christmas. As we end 2020 and joyfully welcome a new year, we wish to share an update of our plans for return to school.  Recently, New York State has amended the quarantine timeline for those who have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.  The quarantine period has been reduced from 14 days to 10 days if symptom free. We will resume instruction on Monday, January 4, with remote instruction for all students.  On Tuesday, January 5, students in grades 5 through 8 will return to campus for in-person instruction, while students in grades 9 through 12 will have one additional day of remote instruction. On Wednesday, January 6, all students in grades 5 through 12 are welcome to campus for in-person instruction.  With the understanding that many of our students gathered with families for Christmas, this plan begins in-person instruction with a ten day period between Christmas Day and a return to campus.      For those who have traveled out of state during Christmas break, we expect our families to follow all NYS travel quarantine guidelines and for those students to participate in remote instruction.  Additionally, we recommend remote instruction for students who have attended large gatherings after Christmas.  For any of our families, we provide our remote instruction option as an option to avoid potential contact.   Return to School Monday, January 4 – Remote instruction only. Tuesday, January 5 – Grades 5 – 8: In-person instruction. Grades 9 – 12: Remote instruction. Wednesday, January 6 – Grades 5 – 12: In-person instruction.   Ski Club The deadline to register for the CBA Ski and Snowboard Club is tonight at midnight.   Senior Portraits Senior portraits will take place as scheduled.  Make sure that your son completes the COVID screener prior to entering the building.  He is to wear his full dress blues uniform. Officers will also need to bring their sword, hat, and gloves. (Items will not be provided by the school or studio in the event you forgot something. No sharing of props will be allowed.)  All school dress code requirements must be met for the image to appear in the yearbook. (i.e. clean shave, hair length, etc.)  If you have questions about your son’s scheduled time please contact Mr. Agan.  To see what to expect during your son’s portrait session Click Here.   We pray for God’s blessing on your families and wish you all a Happy New Year as we look forward to a safe and healthy 2021.   Sincerely,

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CBA Hockey Continues Tradition of Giving to Community

By all accounts, the regular season for Christian Brothers Academy hockey was a success as the Brothers went 13-4-3 and finished third in the Capital District High School Hockey League.
Away from the action on the ice, the Brothers squad and booster club recently continued a tradition as part of its Senior Night. Along with honoring CBA’s senior class of hockey players, proceeds from the night went to the family of Sergeant Herbert Reeves, a CBA instructor whose wife, Rosa, has been battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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