News & Updates
Sept. 17, 2021
New Safety Protocols for COVID Symptoms, Exposure
Nothing is more important than the health and safety of City School District of New Rochelle students, faculty, staff, and our community. As such, the District continues to refine its COVID-19 Safety Plan.

First, as a reminder, if a student is sick, he or she should not be sent to school. This recommendation seeks to safeguard everyone's health in a school setting.

The following provides procedures, identified as best practices, regarding situations where COVID-19 symptoms and exposure are suspected. Click on the graphic for a larger view.

1. If a student is sent home from school due to suspected COVID-19 symptoms, the school nurse will request in writing that a primary care physician evaluate the student and establish a baseline diagnosis. This diagnosis must be returned to the school nurse in order for the student to be cleared to return to school.

2. If a non-COVID-19 diagnosis is indicated through a negative PCR test and the student is asymptomatic for 24 hours, the student may return to school.

3. If COVID-19 symptoms are identified in a student, siblings of that student must remain home until the diagnosis of COVID-19 or a non-COVID-19 illness is identified. If the illness is not COVID-19, the sibling may return to school. If the illness is COVID-19 positive, the sibling must be removed from school for a minimum of 10 days, potentially up to as many as 20 days, depending on the ability to isolate from the COVID-19-positive individual. 

4. The sibling of a student who may have been, for 10 minutes or more, within 6 feet of person who is COVID-19-positive may continue to come to school as long as he/she remains asymptomatic.

The City School District of New Rochelle works in consultation with the Westchester County Department of Health regarding all COVID-19-related matters. The District and its schools are not authorized to declare a quarantine. The District is authorized to remove students from the school environment for the purposes of maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Only the Westchester County Department of Health can declare a quarantine status.

If you have questions, please contact your building administrator or District Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Corey Reynolds, at You also can learn more in the COVID-19 Resource Center on the District website,

Superintendent Jonathan Raymond has recorded a video explaining the District’s current COVID-19 Safety Plan. Visit
Vaccination Clinic at Albert Leonard Next Wednesday, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
The City School District of New Rochelle has scheduled a free vaccination clinic in partnership with the Westchester County Department of Health. The clinic is at Albert Leonard Middle School, Sept. 22 (first dose) and Oct. 13 (second dose). Both clinics are at new times, 3:30 to 7 p.m. Vaccinations are open to District staff and students 12 or older. Parents must accompany their children. The clinic will be held in the gym; please use the Auditorium entrance. Pre-registration is recommended at In-person registration also is permitted. In addition, Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital offers vaccinations. Visit
Three NRHS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
Three New Rochelle High School students have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Kieran R. Freed, Celine Glennon, and Leyla E. Selman are now in a nationwide pool of 16,000 semifinalists – representing less than 1% of high school seniors in the United States – competing for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million.

The program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

“Everyone at New Rochelle High School takes deep pride in the accomplishments of our National Merit Scholar semifinalists,” said Principal Dr. Dagoberto Artiles. “To achieve such success, especially amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, is incredibly impressive. We heartily congratulate Kieran, Celine and Leyla, as well as their families.”

High school juniors entered the program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Semifinalists include the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit an application on the semifinalist’s academic record, school/community activities, leadership, employment and honors received. The semifinalist must be recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s performance on the qualifying test.

Finalists will be announced in February. Winners will be announced starting next April.