The City School District of New Rochelle is formulating 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:
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.
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 by July 31.
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.
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:
The New York State Education Department issued its guidance on re-opening schools on July 16. 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