Fall Re-Entry Planning

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:

                     

 

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.

 

 

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 by Aug. 7. The information you provide here will be crucial in helping the District formulate a plan for the start of the school year in September. Please fill out the form(s) by Aug. 7.

  

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

Covid-19 Resource Center

Keep informed about how the City School District of New Rochelle is taking precautions against Covid-19, including the District's P.R.E.P. plan, now the model for New York State. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the District's Covid-19 plan in English or Spanish. Read the NYS K-12 school guidance.

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

Download the "Stop the Spread of Germs"  infographic in English or Spanish.

Resources from the CDC:

Answers to Survey Questions:

Submit your questions here in English or Spanish.

  

Messages from the Superintendent regarding Covid-19:

 

BOE Meeting, Hearing on Safety Plan on Aug. 4

The next Board of Education meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. It will include a hearing on the draft District-Wide Safety & Emergency 

Management Plan.  

District meetings are temporarily being held via the Zoom videoconference platform, not in person. Join the meeting at this link. 

You can also join by phone. Call (646) 876-9923 and enter the ID 89960288424#. The meeting will also be streamed live on the District's YouTube channel here.

Questions on the safety plan may be sent to: CSDNRdistrictsafetyplan@nredlearn.org.

New York State Governor's Executive Order 202.1 temporarily suspended some provisions of the Open Meetings law because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, including those mandating that members of the public be allowed to attend in person. 

Watch the previous Board of Education meetings here. Board of Education meetings are held on Zoom in accordance with Gov. Cuomo's executive order allowing public meetings via tele/videoconference to avoid gatherings of people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The public will not be permitted to attend the meeting, and public comment will be allowed.

CONGRATULATIONS, GRADUATES!

Congratulations Graduates!

The New Rochelle High School Class of 2020 held were honored in a graduation ceremony on June 25. Watch a video presentation of the ceremonies, including a pre-recorded portion and a live ceremony here:

  Watch the pre-recorded tribute to the class here: You can also watch the video on YouTube here.

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.

BOE Annual Organizational Meeting, July 7, 2020

  The Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting on July 7. Click the screenshot to watch the meeting. More past meetings can be watched here.

 

 

 

Proposed Code of Conduct presented

The documents here comprise the presentation on the proposed Code of Conduct made by Dr. Anthony Bongo, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil & Student Support Services, on behalf of the Solutions to Suspensions Team, on July 7, 2020.

Join a public hearing on the Code of Conduct during the Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday July 22. See the homepage section on Board of Education meetings below this one for information.

Please feel free to review the Slideshow from that evening, as well as the English and Spanish versions of the proposed Code of Conduct for 2020-21. The changes discussed are highlighted in yellow. If you have any questions, or wish to provide feedback, please contact Dr. Bongo at abongo@nredlearn.org.

Slide Presentation from July 7 BOE meeting

Draft 2020-21 Code of Conduct - English

Propuesta de Código de Conducta - Español 

 

Join the District Equity and Access Committee

The City School District of New Rochelle is establishing a Committee on Equity and Access, which will include members of the community. Apply to join the committee at this link.

  

Read Superintendent Dr. Laura Feijóo’s email to the community introducing the committee here. 

Registration Open

Registration is open with a procedure modified for the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis. 

Find instructions on our process on our registration page here.

 

Food Distribution Continues in Summer

Now that the City School District of New Rochelle’s food distribution program has halted for the summer, the City of New Rochelle’s program has begun, ensuring that families who rely on the meals can continue to receive them.

Breakfast-lunch combination meals for city residents 18 years and under are available through the New Rochelle Office of Parks and Recreation’s Summer Youth Nutrition program. The meals are made available with partners WestCOP, HOPE Community Services and the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority. They are available each week at:

  • HOPE Community Services, 50 Washington Ave.

Mon. – Fri.: 10 a.m. until meals runout, generally around noon.

  • WestCOP 95 Lincoln Ave.

Mon., Thurs. and Fri.: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tues. and Wed.:  9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

(A food pantry there is open Tuesday and Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

  • Bracey Houses, 345 Main St.

Mon. – Thurs.: 9 a.m. – noon.

(A food pantry there is open Tuesday and Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

  • Parkside Place Housing Complex (5thAvenue/Flowers City Park)

Mon. – Fri.: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Department also offers “Grab & Go” meals to participants in its “Outside The Box in Our Parks” summer program at various sites starting Monday, July 13. 

Summer Youth Nutrition in the City of New Rochelle ends on Aug. 21. For more information, contact the Office of Parks & Recreation at 914-654-2087.

Later this summer, the District will announce plans to resume District meal programs.

Residents can also locate nearby free summer meals programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture at www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

Or by texting FOOD to 877-877.

Or by calling 1-866-348-6479.

We urge any families with children or teenagers who need these services to take advantage of them. We are aware of the hardships many are facing, but no one should have to go without access to healthy, nutritious meals at any time of the year.

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.

 

NRHS Senior Awards Ceremony

Watch the New Rochelle High School Class of 2020 Senior Awards Ceremony here:  

 

 

Statement on George Floyd

Here is the Board of Education Statement on the Murder of George Floyd that Board of Education President Amy Moselhi shared at the June 2, 2020 Board meeting. To see full comments from individual members, watch the board meeting in its entirety when it is posted in the next couple of days.

  

Dr. Feijóo's Message on George Floyd

Dear New Rochelle community,

The issues of injustice persist in our country and it is evident we can no longer look away. The homicide of George Floyd reminds us of how deep this moral darkness runs. As communities around the country react, many have chosen to demonstrate, exercising an American's basic right of assembly and free speech. In New Rochelle, students walked from New Rochelle High School to the police station to bring attention to this national matter in their own way. For some it is a new awakening, for others it is a new version of a recurring nightmare. 

Many families are sitting around the dinner table struggling to find the words to explain what happened and what it means to our children. In 2017 after the racially motivated violence in Charlottesville, many great organization shared tips on how to talk to youth about a traumatic community event. The link is an in-depth framework to help facilitate those difficult conversations.  

This is a teachable moment, but the lesson is difficult. Today and for the rest of the week the City School District of New Rochelle will be hosting Healing Circles for students and providing them opportunities to have individual conversations with our clinical staff. Information has been sent to all of our students and we have established a hot line number on our website for anyone needing support. We are also hosting a Community Healing Circle in which members of the community can come together and share their thoughts, fears and concerns as they relate to George Floyd’s murder and the attendant issues it brings into stark focus.

The community conversation will be facilitated on June 5, 2020 at 6 p.m. by David Peters, a professional with experience navigating these very difficult racial issues. It will take place on at this link.

We continue to host a hotline for those in need of immediate assistance to cope with the stress. If you are in distress and in need of immediate support, please call (914) 336-7800.

In our School District, we have spent the better part of a year reviewing data that identifies racial gaps in achievement, suspensions, income, access to programs and our graduation rate across the board. We must do better.

We vow to look at this data and take steps to address it. We have already begun with a pilot equity budget to find ways to close disparities. It is only a beginning. It is part of the budget to be voted on next week.

Make no mistake; education is more than mere instruction. We focus on social and emotional support for our students as well. We have committed to recruiting and hiring teachers that reflect the cultural diversity of this city. We have created the "Solutions to Suspensions Committee” dedicated to looking at the disproportionate rate of suspensions of our African American and Latinx students. We are formulating a plan to address the disproportionate referrals of African American students into special education.

We have more to do more and we are committed to do better. It's simple but daunting: Each individual holds the same value and each of us has the responsibility to care for our neighbor. We must be intentional in our actions each day if we wish to diminish injustices. We will not succeed until they have been eradicated.  

I look forward to taking this journey with you in order to get us to a better place.

Dr. Laura Feijóo                                                                             
Superintendent of Schools  

City School District of New Rochelle

The message above is adapted from Dr. Feijóo's address to the community at the June 2, 2020 New Rochelle Board of Education meeting.

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Have a Field Day - At Home!


 

Looking for some fun activities to try at home? Check out this self-guided Virtual Field Day presented by Tilsa Gonzalez, Director of Health & Physical Education, and the elementary physical education teachers. You'll find links below to the presentation in English and Spanish. There are a total of six slides with a variety of links to fun activities.  Each activity has instructions on how to participate in the fun.  Try all the activities, or choose one to do over and over again for a challenge. However you do it, have a field day! 

Family Field Day Fun - English

Family Field Day Fun - Spanish

 

  

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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.