REENTRY TO SCHOOLS 2020/21

Reentry Announcements & Alerts

  • 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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  • A 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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  • The annual Budget Presentation to the BOE was provided on March 16th. Here is the power point from Dr. Montesano:

    2021-22 Superintendent's Budget Presentation

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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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  • The recent community zoom meetings, from March 4th & 8th, have been posted to our Re-Entry to Schools page and here for your convenience

    March 4th Elementary Level Community Zoom

    March 8th Secondary Level Community Zoom

     

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  • The District Calendar for 2021-22 has been approved and posted here for your convenience

    2021-22 District Calendar at-a-glance

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  • Please continue to check our COVID RESPONSE webpage for important information and updates

     This page contains helpful resources such as:

    - Daily Health Screening for students in hybrid instruction 

    - Reentry Plans in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole

    - Webinar podcasts to all Reentry Community Zoom meetings

    - Technology Help Desk

    - At-a-Glance Boxes for: Remote Learning, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)/Safety, Testing & Tracing 

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  • NYS Department of Education (NYSED) has launched a Parent Data Dashboard to increase transparency and ease in finding essential information

    What is the Parent Data Dashboard for New York State Schools?

    The Parent Dashboard is a user-friendly website created by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to increase transparency and make it easier for parents to find essential information about the schools their children attend. The purpose of the dashboard is to make school data, such as performance indicators and general enrollment details, easy to find and understand. Statistics such as enrollment numbers, average class size, test scores, graduation rates, school climate, demographics, and accountability designations will afford parents a transparent account of all New York State public schools. Designed with input from parents and other stakeholders, the dashboard provides information that is both illustrative and useful and serves the unique needs of parents and the public of New York State.

    The Parent Dashboard provides easy access to the following school-level data elements:

    • Student Enrollment and Ethnicity
    • Average Class Size
    • School Climate
    • Accountability Status
    • Assessment Results
    • Financial Transparency
    • Graduation Rate
    • College, Career, and Civic Readiness
    • School/District Location and Contact Information

    New York State’s ESSA plan emphasizes equity in education for all students and expands measures of school accountability and student success. One element of the State’s ESSA plan is the creation of the Parent Dashboard. In addition to providing easy access to data on all NYS public schools, the Parent Dashboard also provides resources for parents such as fact sheets; videos; information about school climate; supporting English language learners and students with disabilities; transparency; school and district accountability designations; the Next Generation Learning Standards; Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education; high school graduation requirements; data privacy and security; and more.

    NYSED seeks ongoing feedback via a survey to help make continuous improvements to the dashboard.

    NYSED Parent Dashboard Q&A

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  • NYS Dept. of Health has released an In-Person Decision Making Flowchart for Student Attendance, as a resource to assist parents/guardians

    The flowchart is helpful when asking, "Can my child go to school today?" and "When can my child go back to school?". 

    This flowchart is available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole and posted to this announcement for your convenience. 

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  • To keep parents, students, teachers & staff fully informed, New York State’s COVID Report Card dashboard reports two distinct data sets:

    1) Lab Reported COVID Data for the School District: All COVID-19 positive or negative test results for New York State residents 5-17 years old are reported by laboratories to the Department of Health. This data is matched to the school district within which an individual lives. This data reflects the number of COVID-19 tests and test results for students living in a school district. Note: Individuals 5-17 years old may attend a private or charter school in a neighboring district. Verification measures are in place to prevent duplicate reporting of lab results.

    2) School District Reported COVID Data: Every school district is required to report COVID-19 test results for students enrolled in a school district, teachers, and staff to the NYSDOH daily. Schools acquire this information from the parent/guardian of a student, teachers, and staff, or the local health department as a part of the state’s contact tracing effort. Verification measures are in place to prevent duplicate reporting of school survey results.
    NOTE: There may be discrepancies in the two data sets due to reporting lag times and other variables. These are two distinct and separate data sets, both designed to offer up to date information on testing, viral spread, and other relevant details regarding your school and school district. As more data is available, this will be reported on the dashboard.
     
    This dashboard has been updated to our Reentry to Schools webpage and is posted, here: https://schooldashboard.health.ny.gov/#/summary
     
     
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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

Superintendent UPDATES

 11-23-20 Letter and COVID Update

 11-23-20 Spanish

11-18-20 Thanksgiving Letter from Dr Montesano

 11-18-20 SPANISH

 11-18-20 Haitian Creole

11-10-20 Letter 

11-10-20 Letter SPANISH 

11-10-20 Letter HAITIAN CREOLE

11-9-20  Q&A with Update

11-9-20 Q&A with Update SPANISH

11-9-20 Q&A with Update HAITIAN CREOLE 

11-5-20 Letter

11-5-20 Letter SPANISH

11-5-20 Letter HAITIAN CREOLE

10-30-20 Letter

10-30-20 Letter SPANISH 

10-29-20 Letter

10-29-20 Letter SPANISH

10-29-20 Letter HAITIAN CREOLE

10-27-20 Letter

10-27-20 Letter SPANISH

10-27-20 Letter HAITIAN CREOLE

10-23-20 Letter

10-23-20 SPANISH

10-12-20 Letter

10-5-20 Letter

10-5-20 Letter SPANISH

10-5-20 letter  HAITIAN CREOLE

10-2-20 Letter 

10-2--20  SPANISH

10-2-20 HAITIAN CREOLE

9-21-20 COVID Reentry Guidelines

9-21-20  COVID Reabrir Nuestras Escuelas

9-21-20  COVID Reentry HAITIAN CREOLE

9-21-20 Elementary Hybrid Plan for Fridays

9-21-20 Elem Fridays-SPANISH

9-21-20 Elem Fridays HAITIAN CREOLE

8-20-20 Reentry Update Letter from Dr Montesano

8-20-20 Reentry Letter from Dr Montesano - ESPANOL

8-20-20 Reentry Letter from Dr Montesano - HAITIAN-CREOLE 

7-31-20 Letter from Dr Montesano Regarding Reentry Plan

5-22-20 Update from Dr Montesano

4-16-20 Letter & Survey link RE- Childcare for ER & Essential Care Workers

4-7-20 Letter to Grades 7-12 Parent Guardians Regarding NYS Regents Exams

4-7-20 Actualizacion Importante y Carta del Dr Montesano

4-1-20 Letter from Dr Montesano to Parent-Guardians

4-1-20 Letter from Dr Montesano to Parent-Guardians - ESPANOL

4-1-20 Letter from Dr Montesano to Parent-Guardians - HAITIAN CREOLE

3-28-20 Health Advisory Notification 102992 

3-27-20 COVID Update  

3-27-20 COVID Update -  ESPANOL

3-24-20 Childcare Letter from Childcare Resources of Rockland (CRR)

3-19-20 Letter and Update from Dr Montesano  

3-19-20  Actualizacion Importante del Dr. Montesano