Archdiocese of New York closes 20 Catholic schools due to coronavirus pandemic
Twenty Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York, including seven in the Lower Hudson Valley, will not reopen due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the archdiocese said today.
Come the fall, three Catholic schools will merge into one, and 20 others will close down for good. These closures will impact approximately 2,500 students and 350 staff members, the archdiocese said in a statement.
Schools experienced a significantly lower rate of registration for the fall, according to the statement. Without public Masses and fundraising for scholarships, the archdiocese has seen a loss of parish contributions, which help support schools.
“Children are always the most innocent victims of any crisis, and this COVID-19 pandemic is no exception,” said Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York. “Too many have lost parents and grandparents to this insidious virus, and now thousands will not see their beloved school again.”