REENTRY TO SCHOOLS 2020/21

Reentry Announcements & Alerts

  • 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. 

    Nyack Public Schools
  • 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
     
     
    Nyack Public Schools
  • DAILY HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE for all students to have filled out BEFORE entering school buildings for hybrid instruction

    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 as we open schools in Hybrid model. 

    Instructions, expectations and access to the mandatory Health Screening Questionnaire are included in a letter sent to all families on Sept. 24.

    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. This link is also posted on our Reentry to Schools page under "Testing/Tracing" for your convenience.

    Thank you and stay healthy!

    Nyack Public Schools
  • Please check this Reentry to Schools 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 

    Nyack Public Schools
  • The following letter from Dr. Montesano contains important safety protocols for families using hybrid model

    The Nyack Public Schools team remains constantly vigilant to the guidelines set forth by the New York State Health Department, which are always subject to change based on the number of cases. We respectfully ask that you partner with us to ensure as healthy a learning environment as possible for all.

    Please take the time to read important reminders and reassurances included in this letter which was sent to all district  families on Sept. 22nd. 

    Nyack Public Schools
  • Important Reminders for all students entering school buildings in hybrid learning:

    For students using the in-person, hybrid model of instruction:

    If your child is in Cohort BLUE, they began hybrid/in-person learning on Tuesday, September 29th, and will attend Tuesdays/Thursdays (K-5).  If your child is in Cohort RED, they began hybrid/in-person learning on Wednesday, September 30th,  and will attend Mondays/Wednesdays (K-5). Middle School and High School students will also be attending in-school hybrid instruction on every other Friday with their assigned cohort schedule.  For elementary students in grades K-5, Fridays will be by remote-only instruction.

    Your child’s schedule, assigned cohort and student ID# are posted to your Parent Portal account.

    A Health Screening Questionnaire MUST be completed every day your child enters their school building for hybrid/ in-person instruction. This questionnaire must be completed for every child in your household on the days they are scheduled to attend school in-person. A notice containing this information, with the link and QR scan code to access the health screening questionnaire, was sent to all families on September 24th.

    To ensure that your child is safe while in our schools, masks must be worn and hand-washing protocols will be followed.

    Any child with COVID-symptoms will be sent to the school nurse immediately.

    Nyack Public Schools
  • THE NYACK SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL TEMPORARILY PROVIDE FREE MEALS TO ALL STUDENTS

    Pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Food and Nutrition Service is allowing school districts to offer free meals to all district-enrolled students under the age of 19

    This means that enrolled students may receive a free meal regardless of their eligibility under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). This program will help facilitate the safe and efficient distribution of meals. This free program will potentially run through 12/31/20. 

    Nyack Public Schools
  • Bus Transportation schedules have been updated and posted to Parent Portal accounts. Please review safety guidelines with your child(ren):

    Bus Transportation Safety Reminders

    *Maintain Social Distance at Bus Stops

    *Wear a Mask

    *Fill the bus from the back first

    *Please sit at marked locations

    *Follow all instructions and directions from the Driver & Monitor

    *When you arrive to your school, remain seated.

    Buses will be unloaded one at a time

    Nyack Public Schools
  • COVID-19 TRAINING VIDEOS are now available by using this google link:

    COVID-19 Training Video Series

    Topics Include:

    - How to Wear a Face Covering

    - Stop the Spread of Germs

    - What You Need To Know About Hand Washing

    - Social Distancing

    Nyack Public Schools
  • Be informed on daily positive COVID-19 cases with NYS School Report Card & Dashboard of Percentage Positive Results by Region, POSTED HERE

    Click on the following links for daily COVID-19 data reports from the New York State website: 

    NYS COVID-19 Report Card  

    NYS Dashboard: % Positive Rate by Region

    Rockland County Dashboard: Active COVID Cases by Zipcode

    Both links have been posted to our Reentry to Schools web page for your convenience.  Please check these sites regularly for up-to-date reporting.

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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