REENTRY TO SCHOOLS 2020/21
Reentry Announcements & Alerts
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/94420400166or Telephone: +1 646 558 8656Webinar ID: 944 2040 0166A 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.Nyack Public Schools
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.Nyack Public Schools
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.Nyack Public Schools
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:
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,
Michael Mark, President
Nyack School BoardNyack Public Schools
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 studentsNyack Public Schools
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.Nyack Public Schools
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 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 pèsònNyack Public Schools
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.
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 PresidentNyack Public Schools
The BOE is pleased to announce the adoption of our new District Strategic Plan for Excellence through Racial Equity. Take a look here:Nyack Public Schools
Nyack-Strong for Reentry to Schools
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!
Check out our TECH DEPT Page for videos on using applications
Need Tech Assistance right away?
- CALL TECH HELP DESK : 845-353-7075, or
- Fill out a quick-access TECH HELP FORM:
- Help Desk Form for Nyack family & student technology assistance
- en espanol: Soporte Técnico y de Apoyo Digital para la Familia y Estudiantes
- an Kreyol: Sistèm pou Ede Fanmi ak Elèv yo nan Teknoloji
Our Tech Help Desk has been updated in response to the increase of tech assistance needed by our families in English, Spanish or Haitian Creole. Due to the volume of need, we are doing our best to ensure that a tech assistant will contact you within 24 hours of leaving a message or filling out the above form. We thank you in advance for your patience. We are committed to addressing your questions and concerns. Tech Help is on the way.
Reentry Plan for 2020-21 School Year
PPE At-a-Glance (Personal Protective Equipment)
FAQ: Masks & Children (from the American Association of Pediatrics)
Mandatory Daily Health Screening Questionnaire for Students link:
How to Get Tested for COVID-19:
- Contact your health care provider
- Call the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) 2019 Novel Coronavirus 24-hour hotline at 1-888-364-3065
- Local testing sites: Spring Valley Site ; en espanol - Spring Valley Site, the Anthony Wayne Recreational Area in Harriman State Park
- Visit the NYSDOH COVID-19 Testing webpage for more information and to take an online assessment or to find a test site near you
- Nyack Schools will NOT conduct COVID-19 testing or require testing or antibody testing of students or staff members.
- Decision of testing to be determined by healthcare provider or the local department of health.
- District will identify who in the community is responsible for referring, sourcing and administering testing. There are no out-of-pocket charge for COVID-19 tests conducted at state-run facilities.
- Testing should be conducted approximately 5 days after exposure (close contact vs. proximate)
Health & Safety Protocols:
- Health Screening - Protocols for daily temperature/questionnaire for all staff, students and visitors
- Face Covering - Protocols requiring all employees, adult visitors and students to wear face covering wherever social distancing cannot be maintained(Provide school-issued PPE)
- Social Distancing - Protocols to train and ensure all persons in our schools keep social distance of 6 feet wherever possible (Face covering when social distance cannot be maintained)
- Cleaning/Disinfecting - Protocols for cleaning and disinfecting procedures for all school buildings in accordance with CDC recommendations
- Training Staff/Families - Protocols to instruct parents, staff to observe for signs of illness
- Managing Ill Persons - Protocols that comply with CDC guidance for action taken if confirmed COVID-19 case or symptoms, for return to school
- Health Hygiene - Protocols to instruct students, staff, visitors in proper hand and respiratory hygiene - Signage/video
Contact Tracing Protocols:
- A public health function performed by DOH to trace all persons who had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
- District will be prepared to assist the Rockland DOH and NYSDOH in knowing who may have had contact with a confirmed case
- keep accurate attendance records of students & staff
- keeping a log of all visitors to include time, date and school visited
- Assist DOH in tracing all contacts of the individual at school in accordance with protocol, training and tools provided by the NNY Contract Tracing Program
- Confidentiality will be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations
RESOURCES FOR SUPPORT
WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
2020-21 Free & Reduced Meals Packets:
- 20-21 Free & Reduced Packet
- 20-21 Free & Reduced Packet - Espanol
- 20-21 Free & Reduced Packet - Kreyol
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 English - 845-353-7247
- Rachel Berlin, UNE FRC - for assistance in HAITIAN CREOLE or English - 845-353-7268
- Jessica Misla, VCE FRC - for assistance in SPANISH or English - 845-353-7291
- Submit your Reentry questions & concerns to Let's Talk! for quick response and be included in upcoming FAQs or reopening communications
- Email our COVID-19 Coordinator, Leo Macias, with specific urgent questions at LMacias@nyackschools.org
- Contact your building principal via email:
- Use our Building Directories for teacher, department or class-specific questions:
COMMUNITY ZOOM MTG SERIES
9-21-20 COVID Reabrir Nuestras Escuelas
9-21-20 COVID Reentry HAITIAN CREOLE
9-21-20 Elem Fridays-SPANISH
9-21-20 Elem Fridays HAITIAN CREOLE
REMOTE/HYBRID LEARNING At-a-Glance
Whether with the Hybrid or Remote Model, all teachers will provide all students, K-12, with:
- Direct Instruction
- Rigorous Learning
- Individualized teacher facilitation
All students will start school remotely on WED. SEPT. 9th and follow their daily class schedule with teachers who will be live from their classrooms. Additional details to be confirmed.
Students who have opted for the Hybrid Model will begin in-school classes on TUES. SEPT. 29th in two cohorts; specific cohorts yet to be determined.
The Hybrid Model will follow a weekly schedule with one cohort attending in-school classes on MONDAYS/WEDNESDAYS/every other FRIDAYS; the other cohort attending TUESDAYS/THURSDAYS/every other FRIDAYS.
Cohorts will be created to ensure that siblings are in the same cohort.
The TECH Department has set up additional dates for anyone, Grades 2-12, who was not able to come on prior dates to pick up their devices for the 2020-21 school year:
- Dates: AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 2
- Times: 10:00am - 3:00pm
- Location: Central Administration Building, 13A Dickinson Ave. Nyack
(more information coming soon)