REENTRY TO SCHOOLS 2020/21

Reentry Announcements & Alerts

  • REMINDER: Join us for a Community Zoom Mtg with presentation by Dr. Montesano on the American Rescue Plan for Nyack Schools JUNE 8, 6:30 pm

    We invite you to join us on Tuesday, June 8th for a Community Zoom Meeting with Dr. Montesano to find out more. The flyer is attached, below.
     
    Here is the zoom link for June 8th Community Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/94420400166  
    or Telephone: +1 646 558 8656
    Webinar ID: 944 2040 0166 
     
    A letter from Dr. Montesano was sent to the community on May 24th and is included, below, in English, Spanish & Haitian Creole.
     
    Here is a little background information on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA):
    On March 11, 2021 President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 releasing nearly $8.09 billion to New York’s public schools including charter schools. The Nyack School District anticipates receiving approximately $3.4 million of federal aid to fund health and safety measures consistent with the CDC guidance and address the disruptions to teaching and learning resulting from the pandemic. The purpose of these funds are to help meet a wide range of needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic including reopening schools safely, sustaining their safe operation, and addressing our students’ social, emotional, mental health and academic needs resulting from the pandemic. School districts are required to seek public comment on the ARPA and take feedback into account in the development of each district's plan.
     
    We will keep you posted as we continue to engage our school community in this important endeavor.  
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  • Nyack Public Schools denounces the rise of anti-Semitic discrimination, harassment, vandalism and violence. Please read the full statement.

    Statement of Solidarity: The Nyack Union Free School District Board of Education, the Superintendent, Administration and staff denounce the rise in anti-Semitic discrimination, harassment, vandalism and violence across the country. As a school district, our mission is to create an environment where each one of our students can learn, grow, and flourish. That mission is thwarted by hatred and intolerance. Nyack Public Schools reaffirms our commitment to ensuring all members of our school community feel welcome, supported, and safe. Our diversity is what makes us #NyackStrong.

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  • The District will provide COVID-19 Testing at the high school on TUE, 6-22, 6am-6pm for required proof of negative test results for families

    COVID-19 Testing @ Nyack High School - Tuesday, June 22; 6am-6pm:
    The District will be providing a Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing site on Tuesday, June 22nd for any individual who will be planning to attend the High School or Middle School ceremonies. At all outdoor events where the number of guests exceed the State’s 200 people: proof of a negative diagnostic test result for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the event; proof of having completed the COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the event; or proof of full recovery from a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 3 months will be required for entry. There will be no exceptions. Attendees to the events can enter the High School campus from Christian Herald Road to receive the COVID-19 PCR test. Additional information will be provided as we move closer to the date of the testing. Medical providers from Accucare will administer the COVID test and process the result. There will be no fee charged for this test.

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  • Thank you Nyack School Community for passing our 2021-22 Budget! Please see the tentative results posted here:

    Tentative Results

     

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  • A press release & message from our BOE has been sent to staff & district families re: the appointment of a new superintendent of schools

    IMPORTANT: The attached Press Release (ENGLISH) with the following message from Nyack Board of Education President,  Michael Mark, has been sent to staff and the school community:

    Press Release: SPANISH

    Press Release: HAITIAN CREOLE

    Good Day,

    On behalf of the Nyack Public Schools Board of Education, I am pleased to share the good news that we plan to vote on the appointment of a new Superintendent of Schools who will be succeeding Dr. Montesano upon his retirement in June.

    This Board vote is the culmination of a collaborative process with students, staff, parents, and community organizations.

    A resolution for approval will be placed on the agenda of this Tuesday's board meeting, starting at 6:30.  The link to the meeting is listed on our district website at http://www.nyackschools.org.

    We invite you to read the attached press release, and to join us at the board meeting, as we mark a new chapter in our continuing efforts to serve the students of the Nyack School District.

    Together we remain Nyack Strong,

    Sincerely,

    Michael Mark, President

    Nyack School Board

     

     

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  • A letter from Dr. Montesano was sent to district families on Fri. Apr. 16 regarding the full return to in-school learning for K-12 students

    This letter contains important reminders and was sent to all district families and staff:

    4-16-21 Letter, English

    4-16-21 Letter, Spanish

    4-16-21 Letter, Haitian Creole

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  • UPDATED DAILY HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE for all students to have filled out BEFORE their entering school buildings starting April 19th

    Link to MANDATORY Health Screening Questionnaire: http://nyackhealth.rbocesnet.org

    This digital Health Screening Questionnaire must be completed each day before your child is scheduled to enter the school building. 

    Paper copies will be available in your child's school nurse's office. Children who enter schools without the questionnaire filled out will be assisted by the school nurse in their building.

    Please call 845-353-7038 if you need assistance in accessing or filling out the Health Screening Questionnaire. 

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  • The March 26th letter from Dr. Montesano outlines plans for a full return to in-person learning for K-12 students beginning Monday, April 19

    3-24-21 Letter & Update from Dr. Montesano

    3-24-21 Carta y actualización: Planes para un regreso completo al aprendizaje en persona

    3-24-21 Yon aktyalizasyon enpòtan: Plan nou yo pou yon retou konplè nan aprantisaj an pèsòn

     

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  • Statement of Solidarity with the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community

    The Nyack Union Free School District Board of Education, the Superintendent, Administration, and staff stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, today and every day.

    The ongoing escalation in violence against AAPI communities across the country—disproportionately affecting women of AAPI descent—is abhorrent and unacceptable, as is the xenophobic rhetoric and harassment seen again and again against our AAPI neighbors. 

    Given the potentially deadly consequences of such racism and xenophobia, it is more important than ever that we dismantle white supremacy and foster understanding and mutual respect between all races, cultures, backgrounds and abilities. We at Nyack Public Schools recognize the critical role schools and educators have to play in this work, and humbly embrace it. We are determined to achieve a more just and fair society for our children, our schools and beyond.

    We are Nyack Strong because of our diversity—and offer every support and resource available to ensure all members of the Nyack School community feel valued, welcomed and safe.  

    Sincerely,

    The Nyack School Board:                       James Montesano, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

    Michael Mark, President                         Winsome Gregory, Ed.D., Asst. Superintendent for C&I/Personnel

    Terence Rock, Board VP                          Gloria Menoutis, School Business Executive

    Beth Davidson, Board Secy.                   Audrey Cabbell, Director of ENL & Bilingual Services

    Damon Bender, Trustee                           Alexandria Connally, Ed.D., Director of Equity, Inclusion, & Innovation

    Karen Hughes, Trustee                             Leo Macias, Director of Special Education & Pupil Personnel Services

    Jen Marraccino, Trustee                          Darleen Nicolosi, Director of Technology & Innovation

    James Marshall, Trustee                          Lisa Mininger Retallack, District PR & Community Outreach Specialist

                                                                                Nicole Saieva, Dave Johnson, NAA Co-Presidents

                                                                                Tom Burns, NTA President

                                                                                Lisa Demarest, NTA-SRP President

                                                                                Bridgett Sullivan, NAES President

                                                                                Roger McGregor, NPSP President

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  • The BOE is pleased to announce the adoption of our new District Strategic Plan for Excellence through Racial Equity. Take a look here:

    Nyack Schools Strategic Plan for Excellence through Racial Equity

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Nyack-Strong for Reentry to Schools

New York State COVID-19 Data Reports: NYS COVID-19 School Report; NYS COVID-19 Report Card;  Dashboard: % Positive Rate by Region

Rockland County Dashboard: COVID-19 Cases by Zip Code

Our Reentry Plan addresses many different important areas including health and safety, transportation, facilities and operations, teaching and learning, social-emotional needs and food services. In accordance with NYSED requirements, our plan is designed with flexibility to meet the unique needs of our students. This will include the opportunity for remote learning for students at increased risk for COVID-19 illness; a hybrid model of learning that will ensure appropriate social distancing while students are receiving in-person schooling on a rotational basis; and opportunities for our most high need students to have access to in-person learning on an everyday basis.

Our Reentry Plan can quickly shift to remote learning for all students depending on the current level of COVID-19 infection rates. In addition, our plan is aligned to the District’s Racial Equity Vision that demands equity and access to high quality learning experiences for each and every student. 

During this school year, the District will update our school community on a regular basis with COVID-19 related communications and resources. Please be informed by checking this webpage on a regular basis. We anticipate ongoing guidance from NYS, the Governor's Office, the Department of Health and State Education Department. The health, safety and socio-emotional well-being of all students, staff and families in our beloved community continue to be priority. 

Together we are Nyack-Strong!

FOOD PROGRAM

WE ARE HERE TO HELP!  

Free & Reduced Meal Program

2020-21 Free & Reduced Meals Packets:

CALL Gloria Menoutis, District Business Executive, with questions or concerns - 845- 213-9590, OR

CONTACT Your Family Resource Center if you need assistance with meal distribution:

  • Wanda Octaviano, MS FRC -  for assistance in SPANISH or English - 845-353-7214
  • Silvia Falcomer, Liberty FRC - for assistance in SPANISH or English845-353-7247
  • Rachel Berlin, UNE FRC -  for assistance in HAITIAN CREOLE or English - 845-353-7268
  • Jessica Misla, VCE FRC - for assistance in SPANISH or English845-353-7291

QUESTIONS?