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Bishop Timon/St. Jude ending school year Friday

Bishop Timon/St. Jude High School will end its school year Friday, which is the end of its third quarter.

The decision was made after discussions with the state Education Department, Michael J. Burns, chairman of the board of trustees, wrote in a letter to parents.

"We have been advised, given academic successes against state standards we have met and fulfilled all academic requirements as set forth by New York State for the 2019-2020 academic year," the letter said.

Faculty and staff will be furloughed Friday as well, although health care and pension benefits will continue, Burns said.

"Furloughing employees is a temporary measure versus layoffs, which are indefinite," his letter said.

The school is a Catholic, independent college-preparatory high school for boys.

Seniors will receive a Bishop Timon-St. Jude diploma, and the school intends to recognize seniors at a formal graduation to be held at a future date.

Advancement to the next level for current freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be determined by the student's academic standing on Friday. Guidance counselors will be in touch with students who may need support to advance, the letter said.

Burns said in the letter the state has not provided guidance on Regents and Advanced Placement exams, and there is "preliminary discussion" of canceling them.

The board of trustees considered many factors, including what is in the best interests of students in deciding to end the school year, Burns said.

"Our focus going forward will be on the start of the 2020-2021 school year, with this disruptive pandemic in the past," he said.

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