Cancellation Procedures

Whenever one hears of snow in the forecast, it is an appropriate time to review the emergency school procedures for the elementary schools/academies within the Diocese of Brooklyn.  You should be aware of the following procedures should there be any emergency situation, weather related or otherwise, that would entail the closing of school.
The principal and pastor can make their own decision based on local needs.   
In the case of all Catholic Schools/Academies being closed, Diocesan officials will notify the radio and television stations.  
St. Sebastian Catholic Academy uses OPTION C’s Parent Alert which is an automated messaging system that is used for communication to parents for emergency purposes as well as reminders to parents of school events or needs.  This is done by the academy via email and text messages to cell phones of parents/guardians.

Please note that if the New York City Public Schools are closed all Catholic elementary schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will also be closed.

Please do not call the school or leave a message as updates will be posted on St. Sebastian Catholic Academy’s OPTION C website, – school identification 1004.   Logging in is not necessary as the alert will be visible on the home page of the website.
You can check the school’s website for any emergency closings, but not before 7:00 AM to give us ample time to update the site.  The notices will be located on the first home page of the site.  The academy’s website address is:


September 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,
We want you to be aware that St. Sebastian Catholic Academy has made many preparations to deal effectively with emergency situations that could occur in or around the building, both during the school day and during after-hours activities.  While we hope that a natural disaster or other serious incident never occurs, our goal is to be prepared for any potential emergency.  At all times, our first priority is to protect all students, staff members, and other visitors from harm.
Currently, we have 40 cameras in and around the parameter of the school building recording all activity 24/7.  All of our exits are locked and secured with 2-way communication at the front entrance.  We also have a full time security guard on premise.
In order for our emergency response plans to be effective, we depend on the cooperation and assistance of many people, such as the police and the fire department. We also depend on you, as parents and guardians, to support our disaster preparation and response efforts. Your cooperation is vital to helping us protect the safety and welfare of all children and school employees.
Therefore, we ask parents to observe the following procedures in the event of an emergency at              St. Sebastian Catholic Academy.
1.  Do not telephone St. Sebastian Catholic Academy. We understand and respect your concern, but it is essential that the telephone system is available for emergency communications.  Parents will be notified and updated via the Option C Parent Alert system via email and text messages.
2.    Make sure that we have emergency contact information for each of your children at all times.  We must be able to contact you or your designated representative in an emergency.  Please keep your cell phone numbers and email contact up to date.
3.   Turn to your local television stations for emergency announcements and status reports.  You will also receive instructions on where you should go and how/when you may able to pick up your children.        St. Sebastian Catholic Academy emergency plan includes evacuation procedures with several alternative destinations.  When appropriate and safe, students may be released to their parents/guardians from these shelter locations. Under those circumstances, we will be prepared to implement procedures for confirming the identity of individuals who arrive to pick up each child. When arriving to pick up your children, please make sure you have a government-issued photo ID.  
In the case the Academy is not available to stay in, we will evacuate to the Parish Center, our first designated site.  The second site would be the Church and the 3rd site is P.S. 11 on Skillman Avenue.  Notification will be sent via a Parent Alert.
4. Do not come to St. Sebastian Catholic Academy or alternate destination until instructed to do so. It may be necessary to keep the streets and parking lots clear for emergency vehicles. If evacuation is required, students may be transported to a location away from the school.  You will be notified of this through the use of our Option C Parent Alert system.
5.   Talk to your children and emphasize how important it is for them to follow instructions from their teachers and St. Sebastian Catholic Academy officials during any emergency.
6.   Parents and other adults must stay calm and focused in an emergency, mindful that their actions and comments will be the example that, to a great extent, determines the children's response.
7.  Carefully read all information that you receive from St. Sebastian Catholic Academy. You may receive updates about out safety procedures from time to time.
We are proud that St. Sebastian Catholic Academy is a safe school, and we are doing everything possible to keep it that way. We appreciate your cooperation and support. If you have any questions about this letter or other aspects of our safety procedures, please contact me at 718/429-1982.

Michelle Picarello




39-76 58th St.
Woodside, NY 11377
Phone: (718) 429-1982
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