Letter from the Superintendent
Dear Families,

We are excited to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year!

Since schools were abruptly closed last March, and throughout the summer, we knew that this school year would be different. Students will be learning in classrooms, some remotely, and some will experience both. We all will be wearing masks in our schools, classrooms and offices while we also adhere to social distancing guidelines. We are acutely aware that many students will start school this month with learning gaps and needing additional social and emotional support.

We are ready.

The start of this school year will not be perfect. We appreciate your patience, support and understanding as we all adjust, adapt and overcome various hurdles that we have never confronted before and hope we never confront again.

As you know, we adopted a phased-in approach this September. During the month, schools will communicate dates and times for orientation activities, as well as opportunities for students to visit their schools to pick up classroom materials or engage in "meet-and-greets" with their teachers.

Additionally, throughout the month, we will be focusing on new safety procedures and systems, as well as the social and emotional well-being of all students. This has become our new normal, and we need to devote time and attention to these areas. This is necessary work.

I would like to thank our entire administrative team and staff for demonstrating poise and grace during these turbulent times. We have had to make a number of necessary changes to ensure all students are safely educated. I recognize that some of these changes were abrupt and challenging to implement; however, they were 100% necessary, in light of our current reality.

In just a number of weeks, we have had to develop various modes of schooling that would have normally taken months - if not years - to successfully accomplish. We created schedules to ensure all students receive their mandated services; that AP and college-level courses are offered; that students continue to benefit from a wide range of elective courses; and that students and families are provided with choices as to whether they come to school or elect for a full remote experience.

As we inch closer toward our Sept. 29 full, in-school opening, we look forward to providing you with more information on new protocols and systems designed to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Lastly, let’s remember to remain patient and kind during this temporary situation. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we begin this school year under unprecedented circumstances. Together we are #SailorStrong.

Joseph Hochreiter
VIDEO: Preparing Students for Returning to School
Phased-in Return to School Schedule
The Hendrick Hudson School District is implementing a phased-in approach to the start of the school year. Here is how the first few weeks will look:

September 10 - 18: 100% remote for all students, and all of these days will be half days.

September 21 - 25: 100% remote for all students, and all of these days will be full days.

Starting September 29 (Note - Monday, September 28, schools are closed for Yom Kippur): In-person classes for Kindergarten through 5th grade will begin, and the Hybrid learning plan for 6th through 12th grade will begin. Those families that have opted for the Remote plan through January will continue with remote learning.

Each school will communicate their schedule for orientation activities, opportunities for students to visit their schools to learn newly enacted systems and protocols, and dates/times for students to meet their teachers and receive materials and supplies in small groups.

Visit the district website’s Reopening Info/COVID Resources page for the latest information, including the Reopening FAQ, survey results, and presentations from recent Parent Forums.
Upcoming: Parent Forum on Psychological First Aid
The District is offering a parent training forum on the topic of trauma and resilience as it relates to students heading back to school this fall. The forum will take place on Sept. 9, with both a morning session (11 am-12 pm) and an evening session (6-7 pm). Lauren Bonavitacola, PsyD, Director of Trauma Programming at Cognitive Behavioral Consultants, will be the presenter. This presentation will focus on understanding mental health concerns of students in the context of the current pandemic. Parents will be provided with information related to understanding trauma reactions and what behaviors to expect as children reenter school.

Participants will also learn coping techniques that can be applied both to themselves and their children, so that they can face the school transition effectively. Guidance will also be provided regarding what to do if a child is struggling beyond the anticipated responses and when/how to assist them with securing additional support.

Zoom meeting links, IDs and passcodes are below:

Morning session 11 am-12 pm
Meeting ID: 930 2413 0732
Passcode: 031301

Evening session: 6-7 pm
Meeting ID: 949 7133 7788
Passcode: 421047
School-Specific Parent Forums: VIDEOS
Leading up to the start of the 2020-21 school year, all five school district principals conducted online video forums to address families' questions and concerns. Click on any of the links below to watch these presentations. A big thank you to each school building's PTA for coordinating and promoting these important events.





Athletics Update
On Sept. 3, Section One (Hendrick Hudson’s region for athletics), released an announcement that junior varsity and varsity field hockey, boys and girls soccer, girls tennis, and varsity cross country may begin on Sept. 29. The District has also recently received guidance from NYSPHSAA (New York State Public High School Athletic Association), and by Friday, Sept. 11, will post a Frequently Asked Questions document on the district website with pertinent information.

CLICK HERE for important takeaways and more details from the Section One announcement, as well as key next steps for families and student-athletes.
County Creates Videos on New School Rules
Westchester County has released a number of public service announcements focused on COVID-19 safety basics for students while they are in school: wearing a face mask, washing hands and keeping socially distanced from others. The videos can be viewed by clicking on the following images.
Face Masks
Hand Washing
Social Distancing
COVID-19 Testing and Tracing
The Westchester County Department of Health will be taking the lead on COVID-19 testing and tracing. The school district will not reveal when a student or staff member is sent home with COVID-like symptoms or provide the identity of any staff member or student who tests positive for the virus.

Click here for two stories on the district website related to this topic:

The Hendrick Hudson School District receives regular updates from the New York State Department of Health, New York State Education Department and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the coronavirus. Please check the district’s website regularly for current information and contact your child’s school nurse if you have any specific questions or concerns. Click here for the district's dedicated COVID-19 resources page.

Quick Links

Below are some helpful links as the school year gets underway:

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Hendrick Hudson School District, 61 Trolley Road, Montrose, NY 10548