March 7, 2022


Dear Martin De Porres Community,

Effective Wednesday March 9th, mask use at Martin De Porres will be optional. Based on guidance from the NYS Department of Health, the NYS Education Department, and the declining number of COVID-19 cases in our programs, we have made the decision to make masking optional at MDP. After Midwinter Recess, both the take-home and in-school tests showed no spike in positive cases. We believe that it is the right time to safely move from a universal mask requirement to a mask-optional policy.

Please note the following:

  • We will respect and support the choices that families and staff make regarding the wearing of masks in our schools.

  • Students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to stay home if they feel sick or exhibit any symptoms.

  • Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 must report this to their program administration.

  • All isolation and quarantine periods will be determined based on guidance from the New York State and Nassau County Departments of Health.

  • Any students or staff members who have been identified as a close contact requiring a quarantine will be contacted by administration.

  • Faculty, students, and staff members returning to school after a 5-day isolation or quarantine, are required to wear a well-fitting mask upon return to school based on guidance from the New York State and Nassau County Departments of Health.

  • All other current mitigation strategies will remain in place.

  • Unvaccinated staff members must continue their weekly testing.


Based on evolving metrics and conditions, this decision may be subject to change. If infection numbers increase we may reinstate the universal mask requirement at Martin De Porres. As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our main priority.  Thank you all for your patience and cooperation as we continue to make MDP as safe as we can.


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 



Martin De Porres Elementary/Jr.

High Scool



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...