Fall Re-Entry Planning

Updated October 26, 2020

The City School District of New Rochelle began the 2020-2021 school year with an all-virtual distance learning program. The District is bringing students back to the schools in phases as it transitions to a hybrid model.

Students are returning to the schools according to the following schedule (in English and Spanish):

  

  

Frequently Asked Questions

Find frequently asked questions and their answers here. Check back frequently.  Information will be added, amended as the situation continues to evolve. 

IF SOMEONE EXPERIENCES SYMPTOMS:

Screening Flowchart for Symptomatic Students or Staff

Return to school documentation 

 

UPDATE ON ATHLETICS:

Section One has approved the start of the fall sports season for September 29 for the following sports only at the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels:

  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Tennis
  • Boys and Girls Cross Country

** All students must meet New York State immunization requirements for school attendance and sports participation **

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has approved the date of March 1 for football, volleyball and cheerleading. Although girls swimming is classified as a low-risk sport, the City School District of New Rochelle will not hold it this fall as many schools do not have access to facilities. It will also be moved to March 1.

Reentry Presentations

The following presentations were made at the August 18, 2020 and August 20, 2020 sessions with parents and guardians to discuss the opening of the 2020-2021 school year.

August 24, 2020 Presentation 

August 18, 2020 Presentation 

August 20, 2020 Presentation 

Training for Parents and Teachers

Our new Instructional Technology Institute will offer online sessions the week of August 17 through September 4 to help prepare parents and teachers for distance learning in the coming school year. The Instructional Technology Team is offering more than 30 free one-hour training courses in the computer applications students will need. The sessions, some intended for families, others for teachers, are designed to provide participants with a working understanding of each application. They include courses in Spanish. The courses for families are intended for parents and guardians, but they are welcome to include their children. Look for more courses as the school year begins.

Find the brochure for the courses here.

Distance Learning

The City School District of New Rochelle will open with an all-virtual model in September. Learn about distance learning in the CSDNR here:
English  Español

Ongoing Planning

The District continue to formulate re-entry plans for the 2020-21 school year to bring students back to schools when appropriate, in a manner that protects the health and safety of the students, teachers and staff as the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our community.    

Find the District's state-mandated Re-Entry Plan here:

                     

Daycare

Need help finding daycare?  We have provided a list of local providers and resources here.

 

COVID-19 Testing

The City School District of New Rochelle is not equipped to conduct testing in the event of a large-scale outbreak. We have a standing relationship with the Westchester County Department of Health and in the event that testing is required, we will defer to the Westchester County DOH for any required or relevant information. This information will be disseminated through our communications platforms. Additional testing information is available from the Westchester County DOH in an FAQ found here. 

Testing is readily available in our community. Free testing is available with no appointment necessary at a COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing site  on Lockwood Avenue and Glover Johnson Place across from Montefiore New Rochelle. The facility is made possible by a collaboration of the New York State Department of Health, Montefiore Hospital and the City of New Rochelle. The site is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Students, staff or visitors requiring COVID-19 testing may also contact their health care provider, a local urgent care, federally qualified health center or visit the NYSDOH website to locate other nearby testing facilities at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.

Contact Tracing

The City School District of New Rochelle will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff and visitors.

To assist the local health department with tracing the transmission of COVID-19, the CSDNR has developed and maintained a plan to trace all contacts of exposed individuals in accordance with protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program.

The CSDNR will assist with contact tracing by:

  • Keeping accurate attendance records of students and staffmembers
  • Ensuring student schedules are up todate
  • Keeping a visitor log that includes date and time address and phone number, and where in the school they visited
  • Assisting the local health departments in tracing all contacts of the individual in accordance with the protocol, training, and tools provided through the NYSContact Tracing Program
  • Informing local health department of staff member testing positive regardless of county of residence.
  • For all contact tracing, the DOH will require the name, address, and phone number as well as the name and phone number of the guardian of a student.

If COVID-19 cases are discovered CSDNR, in consultation with the DOH, will:

  • Close or quarantine locations of potential exposure for 24 hours, if possible
  • Clean and disinfect locations as necessary
  • Provide DOH with information as required

Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations. Staff should not try to determine who is to be excluded without guidance and direction from the local health department.

For more information about how COVID-19 containment efforts will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Communications section (page 18) of our reopening plan.

 

Presentations and Surveys

Districts across New York State were required to submit plans to the state following guidelines issued by the NYS Education Department.

Watch Superintendent Dr. Laura Feijóo's presentation at a July 29, 2020 Town Hall meeting by clicking on the image below. Find the presentation document here.

 

 

STUDENT SURVEY

IMPORTANT: PARENTS and GUARDIANS of children who will be in District schools for 2020-2021: Please fill out an important student survey found here. The information you provide here will be crucial in helping the District formulate a plan for the start of the school year in September. 

  

All: Let the District know your thoughts, expectations and needs for the coming year in a re-entry survey found here.  

Superintendent Dr. Laura Feijóo presented the District’s planning for the re-entry to the New Rochelle Board of Education on July 22. View the presentation below:

  

Find the NYS Education Department's guidance on re-opening here.

The re-entry plan will incorporate distance learning practices that are being updated with the input of hundreds of teachers, parents and students who responded to surveys asking for their experiences and insights on our remote learning program. The District implemented a distance learning plan within days of closing the school buildings in mid-March. That plan was later updated with Distance Learning Plan 2.0, which incorporated more live classes (synchronous learning). The surveys have provided valuable feedback on those plans that will be used to shape distance learning programs that the District will use going forward when needed.

Read Superintendent Dr. Laura Feijoo’s letter discussing results of the survey here.

Resources from New York State for the creation of re-entry plans:

NYSED: Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing the Spirit of Our Schools School Reopening Guidance

DOH: Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

NY GOV: Reopening New York:  Guidelines for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 School (Mandatory and Recommended Best Practices)

NY GOV: Reopening New York: Checklist for Pre-K to Grade 12 School Reopening Plans

District Surveys

The City School District of New Rochelle is collecting responses to a series of surveys to be filled out by all segments of the community. The surveys are part of the Targeted Support and Improvement plan. The information collected will be critical in formulating the District’s Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP) as required by NYS Education Department.

They must be filled out by October 30.

There are surveys for District employees, families of students, students themselves and even for community members who live or work in the city but have no children in the schools. The student surveys - there is one for older elementary school students and one for middle and high school students - will be distributed via the schools.

Find the other surveys here:

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT SURVEY: These are for family members of students in the District schools. (Entry into the survey requires a password that was sent to families in an email.)

The Family Engagement Survey - English.

La Encuesta de Participación Familiar - Español. 

 

EMPLOYEES' SURVEYS: These are for support services employees of the District. Please be sure you are filling out the correct survey.

Survey for Certified Staff and Administrators.

Survey for Support Services Employees.  

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SURVEYS: These are for residents or owners of businesses in the District who do not have children in District schools.

The Community Engagement Survey - English.  

Encuesta de participación comunitaria - español.

 

 

 

 

 

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You Are Not Alone

The Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis has brought us challenging times. You are not alone in asking questions such as how to talk to your child about the worldwide pandemic and the profound effect it has had on our lives. See below for an advisory on children's online activity from Westchester District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. Here are some resources to help you navigate the uncertainty:

How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

 

Supporting Families During COVID-19

The Child Mind Institute

 

What you can do

American Psychological Association

 

New York State Resources

Office of Mental Health Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314

The Emotional Support Helpline provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency.

 

City School District of New Rochelle

Support Helpline

Dr. Anthony Bongo

abongo@nredlearn.org

914-336-7800 (text)

Advice from the Westchester County District Attorney:

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. is urging parents to be extra vigilant about their children’s online and mobile activity on social apps. With added time online during the school closure, children, especially those in their tweens and teens, may be at increased risk of cyber bullying, sexual exploitation, scams and other forms of digital abuse. 

Parents are advised to:

  • Set limits on online usage
  • Create mobile curfews: Turn off phones at night and store them with your phone
  • Set parental controls where possible
  • Know your child’s passwords
  • Remind young children especially: Don’t “talk” to strangers. Explain that people online can make up identities and may take advantage of them
  • Block and report users who make them feel uncomfortable.

If you have a complaint about a person or business, you can visit Westchester County’s online complaint site here.

 

District Events (Subject to change)

  • IEYMS Spirit Week

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  • Trinity Picture Day

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  • Board of Education Meeting

    Special Meeting

    The meeting will be accessible to the public through Zoom.  A link will be posted on the website shortly before the meeting begins.

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  • IEYMS Spirit Week

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  • IEYMS Spirit Week

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  • Jefferson Fall Pictures

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  • Barnard School Spirit Day

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  • Rapid Dismissal

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  • IEYMS Spirit Week

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ALMS TRANSITION CEREMONY

Congratulations to Albert Leonard Middle School's rising ninth graders! 

Watch a tribute to the school's Class of 2020 here:

  

You can also watch the ceremony on YouTube here.

IEYMS TRANSITION CEREMONY

Congratulations to Isaac E. Young Middle School's rising ninth graders!

Watch a tribute to the school's Class of 2020 here:  

You can also watch the ceremony on YouTube here.

In Our Schools

Our Mission

The City School District of New Rochelle, through an active partnership amongst community, parents, staff and students, will provide a high quality and challenging education for every child, in a safe, nurturing environment that embraces our rich diversity and drives our success.