January 25, 2022


Dear MDP Community,


There may be some confusion due to the media coverage regarding the litigation of the NY State Dept. of Health mask mandate in schools. At this time masks continue to be required in Martin De Porres as a reasonable and integral part of our mitigation strategies against COVID-19.

Martin De Porres will continue to  align our health and safety policies to reflect the most current CDC and New York State Department of Health guidelines for K-12 schools. The New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department continue to recommend indoor masking policies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, make schools safer for their students and staff, and to keep schools open for in-person instruction.

We appreciate your continued support! Please feel free to contact me at 516-502-2840 if you have any questions.

Joseph Trainor


Executive Director

The Martin De Porres School for Exceptional Children


Martin De Porres High School


Jamal came to MDP after experiencing ongoing school problems. Teachers described him as constantly angry and aggressive. Basically, acting-out behavior limited his learning. For Jamal, every day in school was a challenge. Simply put, Jamal needed a placement where he could be successful. The Martin De Porres High School became the answer...

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*Please note: Children featured in this section are not actual MDP students. These stories are representative of the life experiences of our students. 

Casa de La Salle Educational Residence 


Jenny could not adjust to public school. She just could not pay attention and would get into trouble for not following directions. At MDP, she really took to the structure and schedule. But more so, she liked her teachers and made friends with her classmates. She liked the feeling of being a "part of the class". Jenny felt better about herself and her learning improved...

Tommy came to the "Casa" carrying a lot of anger and sadness. Life was not easy for him. Since living at the "CASA" he has found a supportive community of adults and peers. In this environment, he has blossomed...


Martin De Porres Elementary/Jr.

High Scool