COVID Resource Center

Special Notice:

January 15, 2021

District Medical Director Brooke Balchan, DO, FAAP, will be absent from work on a temporary basis. The District will not be commenting any further on the absence.

We are pleased to announce that the District has retained the services of Dr. Louis Corsaro to temporarily serve as our Medical Director during this period of absence. Dr. Corsaro has a wealth of experience servicing school districts in this capacity.   

Please be assured that Dr. Corsaro together with our outstanding existing staff serving in the Health Services Department will ensure that all of the District’s medical needs are met during this interim time period.

Dear New Rochelle community:

Nothing is more important than safeguarding the health of our students, faculty, staff and visitors, especially during the COVID-19  pandemic.

To help you learn more about our multifaceted initiative to operate the City District of New Rochelle during this unprecedented crisis, we have created this revamped COVID-19 Resource Center. The revised section includes the same wealth of information that had been included here, now organized in a way that is easy navigate and locate what you’re looking for:

January 2021: Updated Guidelines from Westchester County Commissioner of Health Dr. Sherlita Amler can be found here.

  • Protocols and procedures ranging from COVID-19 testing and contract tracing to mask and transportation protocols. (For a complete list of protocols and procedures, see below.)
  • Details about our reentry plan, in  English  and  Spanish  including Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Community resources including information on emotional support helplines and organizations that can assist with childcare needs. (Information on Community Circles and the District food distribution program providing free meals for city residents aged 18 years and under on school days, can be found on the homepage.)
  • Resources from organizations such as the CDC and Departments of Health at the county and state levels.
  • Archived plans and messages that were instrumental in the District’s efforts to safely and effectively welcome our students and staff into the classroom.

In formulating its plans and protocols, the District has proactively and meticulously reviewed guidance for school reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Westchester County Department of Health, New York State Department of Health and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, as we have done since the onset of this health crisis, we will continually monitor updates and recommendations from experts at the local, state and federal level to provide the safest possible educational experience.

Our planning, along with input from health and education authorities and community members, resulted in the successful launch of our remote-learning and hybrid models of education. These initiatives included the distribution of Chromebooks to every student in need and more than 1,000 MiFi, or mobile hotspot, devices to eligible families, along with free training from our Instructional Technology Team. In our buildings, students and teachers practice hand hygiene, wear masks and ensure social distancing in classrooms and academic and transportation settings. In addition, the District is taking preventative measures such as duct cleaning in all school buildings to create an even stronger defense against COVID-19 than is mandated.

Our commitment to students’ well-being and academic success will continue to be of the utmost importance. We are similarly committed to keeping you informed through news updates on this website, through our District newsletter and at school board meetings.

Thank you for trusting the City School District of New Rochelle with your young scholars. As always, your partnership is invaluable for us to have a safe, successful school year.

NYS Department of Health Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

**DAILY UPDATES**

This section will provide up-to-date notes on COVID-19 positive test cases in District schools. When a student or staff member tests positive, staff members and parents of the students who were in contact with the individual are appropriately notified and directed to quarantine according to guidance from New York State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Parents, students, and staff members who have any questions may contact the Health Services Department at 914-576-4264

Students and staff members who feel ill well should see their medical professional or contact the District’s Health Services Office.

JANUARY 26, 2021

The City School District of New Rochelle was informed that a staff member at Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last in school on Friday, January 22 and tested positive today, January 26. Those who were in contact with the individual have been notified and will have to quarantine.

JANUARY 25, 2021

The City School District of New Rochelle was informed that a staff member at Jefferson Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last in school on Friday, January 22 and tested positive on Sunday, January 24. Those who were in contact with the individual have been notified and will have to quarantine.

JANUARY 22, 2021

The City School District of New Rochelle was informed that a staff member at Trinity Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last in school on Tuesday, January 19 and tested positive on Thursday, January 21. Those who were in contact with the individual have been notified and will have to quarantine.

JANUARY 21, 2021

The City School District of New Rochelle was informed that a staff member at Trinity Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last in school on Tuesday, January 19 and tested positive on Thursday, January 21. Those who were in contact with the individual have been notified and will have to quarantine.

JANUARY 19, 2021

The City School District of New Rochelle was informed that two individuals at Jefferson Elementary School -- one student and one staff member -- have tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last in school on Thursday, January 14 and tested positive on Friday, January 15. The staff member was last in school Friday and tested positive Sunday, January 17. Those who have been in contact with the individuals have been notified and will have to quarantine.

JANUARY 16, 2021

The City School District of New Rochelle district was informed that a staff member at Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was last in school on Thursday, January 15 and tested positive Friday, January 15. Those who have been in contact with the individual have been notified and will have to quarantine.

JANUARY 13, 2021

The City School District of New Rochelle district was informed that a student at Isaac E. Young Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last in school on Monday, January 11 and tested positive yesterday, January 12. Those who have been in contact with the individual will be notified and will have to quarantine.

JANUARY 11, 2021

The City School District of New Rochelle district was informed that a staff member at George M. Davis Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was last in school on Thursday, January 7 and tested positive Saturday, January 9. Those who have been in contact with the individual were notified and will have to quarantine.

The City School District of New Rochelle district was informed that a staff member at Albert Leonard Middle School Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was last in school on Thursday, January 7 and tested positive today. Those who have been in contact with the individual were notified and will have to quarantine.

The City School District of New Rochelle district was informed that a staff member at Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was last in school on Tuesday, January 5 and tested positive Friday. Those who have been in contact with the individual were notified and will have to quarantine.

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**CHECK YOUR SCHOOL'S STATUS HERE**

This section will show throughout the COVID-19 era which schools are open and operating hybrid schedules, and which are on distance learning. Please check back frequently, and be aware that all dates are subject to change due to the unpredictability of the situation.

For Tuesday, January 26, 2021

HYBRID ALL REMOTE
New Rochelle High School  
Alternative Campus High School  
Albert Leonard Middle School

 

Isaac E. Young Middle School

 

Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center  
Columbus Elementary School   
George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School  
Jefferson Elementary School   
Trinity Elementary School   
William B. Ward Elementary School   
Daniel Webster Magnet School   
   
   
   
   
   

COVID Testing and Consent Form Contacts

The District's procedures for COVID-19 are explained in a seven-page booklet found here.   

Parents and guardians, it is important that you submit the COVID-19 testing consent forms for your child or children. Take a photo of the completed form or scan it to create a PDF, then email the form to the child’s school, using the contacts for each school listed below. Signed forms also can be returned with your child, who can hand it to his or her teacher.

** Find the consent form here:  English    Spanish **

COVID CONTACTS

New Rochelle High School

Penelope Dinko pdinko@nredlearn.org

 

Isaac E. Young Middle School

ieymscovform@nredlearn.org 

 

Albert Leonard Middle School

almscovformstudent@nredlearn.org

 

Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center

Assistant Principal Candice Lee clee@nredlearn.org

 

Columbus Elementary School

Noemi Sanchez nsanchez@nredlearn.org

Gloria Yanez gyanez@nredlearn.org

 

George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School

Sylvia Trister strister@nredlearn.org

 

Jefferson Elementary School

Lucy Dos Reis ldosreis@nredlearn.org

 

Trinity Elementary School

Maryann Talt mtalt@nredlearn.org

 

William B. Ward Elementary School

Kelly Pirone kpirone@nredlearn.org

 

Daniel Webster Magnet School

K- Grade 1: Social worker Rachel Long at rlong@nredlearn.org

Grades 2-3: Assistant Principal Gregory Middleton at gmiddleton@nredlearn.org

Grades 4-5: Principal Melissa Passarelli at mpassarelli@nredlearn.org

These forms are critical for helping us keep schools open in zones designated yellow, orange or red under the New York State Cluster Action Initiative, which is part of the state’s plan to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The regulations allow schools in the zones to remain open if they test specific percentages of in-school populations – 20% in yellow and orange zones, 30% in red zones.

If a parent declines to consent to COVID-19 testing, the child may be required to continue his or her education by remote learning only. Remote instruction is the equivalent of classroom instruction for classes that are held in a hybrid model and, as such, should not be viewed as a suspension under Education Law §3214.