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For information about Fordham Prep's reopening in the fall of 2020, please refer to our Fall Reopening Plan (July 28 version).

Fordham Prep Fall 2020 - Reopening Plan

Fordham Prep is dedicated to helping all families who have been affected financially by the pandemic.  If you need tuition assistance due to a hardship caused by COVID-19, please fill out the form linked below as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Tuition Assistance Form

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Corona Virus Outbreak
Reporting Possible Exposure
School Cleaning
Guest and Vendor Policy
Travel Policy
Distance Learning Policy
Distance Learning Plan
Internet Access
Cybersecurity Threats
School Sponsored Events
What is Coronavirus?
Government Resources
Fordham Prep Contacts



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 90 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Please find this link, COVID-19, that includes additional information on the spread of the virus, associated symptoms, illness severity, and includes other informative resources.  The following links provide information on locations with confirmed COVID-19 cases Internationally, and Domestically.

The following areas/regions are currently referred to as “Impacted Regions” by the CDC: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Iran, Italy, and South Korea, (“Foreign Impacted Regions”). Due to the number of confirmed cases, to date, many have also referred to King and Snohomish Counties in Washington state as (“Domestic Impacted Regions”). As the progression of this disease is likely to expand please utilize the links immediately above for an updated listing of “Impacted Regions.” 


Please inform School Principal Dr. Joseph Petriello or School President Rev. Christopher Devron, SJ  immediately, either by email or by telephone (718-367-7500):

  1. If you learn you have had contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or, have reason to believe you have had close contact with someone who may have the virus. We ask that you do not provide any specific medical, or personally identifiable information regarding any individual.
  2. If you learn that there are confirmed, or suspected, cases of COVID- 19 in your immediate personal or professional community. We ask that you do not provide any specific medical, or personally identifiable information regarding any individual.
  3. If you take a personal trip between now and May 31, 2020, to any Impacted Region(s), as currently defined, or as defined as of the dates of travel).


The School has secured additional supplies of hand sanitizer dispensers and disinfecting wipes. These products are available around the school and in offices. 

Offices, classrooms, and common spaces are cleaned and sanitized by cleaning visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection which is a best practice measure for prevention  according to protocols advised by the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”).

Our facilities staff will focus on cleaning frequently touched surfaces including, but not limited to, drinking fountains, door handles, light switches, table tops and hand railings.

In light of the implementation of the school's Distance Learning Plan, the school will undergo a thorough cleaning before students are permitted to return to campus.  


*Fordham Prep is closed until further notice.*

Currently there is limited access to the Fordham Prep facility. Other than for deliveries, no guests are expected into the building at this time.


The following travel procedures are being put in place effective immediately through at least late May 2020.
  • Individuals who travel to an Impacted Region(s) (as currently defined, or as defined as of the dates of travel) will be asked to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days prior to their return to work.

*Easter Break trips to Costa Rica and Rome are canceled along with the June trip to China.*

 Individual Precautions

As a reminder, please follow these normal preventive actions to protect yourself:

  • Regularly wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact in social situations and with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Use sanitary wipes and tissues to disinfect public transportation and airplanes. 
  • Try to avoid close physical proximity in social situations and try to avoid shaking hands

DISTANCE learning

Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, our Distance Learning Plan is in effect until further notice.  

Our Distance Learning Plan requires that your son has access to WiFi as we will continue to use Schoology as the primary resource to manage instruction and learning.  If your son does not have access to WiFi at home, please complete this brief form so we may make accommodations for him.  

The purpose of Fordham Prep’s Distance Learning Plan (DLP) is to continue the momentum of academic learning from remote locations during a long-term school closure. Students should expect to perform work only for the courses that would normally meet on each closure day. Teachers may assign four days of work each week of closure.

Distance learning will take many forms depending on grade level and subject area. These experiences may look and feel very different than a student’s typical in-class experience—learning experiences will vary in ways that are developmentally appropriate and instructionally feasible.

Unlike typical school days when students meet together at a particular time of day, students often experience distance learning differently. In some cases students will learn asynchronously or on their own time; in other cases, classes will meet virtually in real time in order to continue the in-class, group-learning experience. Some classes will use a combination of both. In all cases, faculty will communicate expectations to students, all of whom are responsible for daily work.

*For these reasons, we emphasize that all employees and students check their Fordham Prep email accounts on a regular basis.*

Internet access for those with no wifi Access

These companies are offering low-cost to no-cost internet options if you do not have access at home:

Spectrum: 1-844-488-8398

Comcast/Xfinity: 1-855-846-8376 (English); 1-855-765-6995 (Spanish)

Altice/Cablevision: 1-866-200-9522 (Optimum region); 1-888-633-0030 (Suddenlink region) 

AT&T: https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

Cybersecurity Attacks

  • Cybercriminals are taking advantage of public anxiety about COVID-19 by engaging in phishing campaigns in which they impersonate the CDC or other public health or governmental entities with news of the virus. They want you to click on a link in the email to allow installation of malware on your device. 
  • Please continue to exercise caution before opening emails from unknown individuals. 
  • If you have any questions, please confirm an email sender’s identity before opening the email and do not open any unexpected links or attachments. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Butowski by email at jb@fordhamprep.org.

Internal and External School Sponsored Events

All school-sponsored activities including campus ministry retreats, athletic team practices, games and events, school and team sponsored travel, and requirements to complete Christian service are suspended until further notice.  


COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you are experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should contact your healthcare provider. Be sure to call ahead before going to your doctor’s office or emergency department to prevent any potential spread.


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