Dear New Rochelle community,
I hope you all have been enjoying a wonderful holiday season.
As we reach the winter break, it would be easy to focus on the challenges and troubles brought by the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, let it be a time to reflect on all that we have accomplished so far this year.
The uncertainty that we faced at the start of the year has abated. We have continued to develop and refine our responses to the changes in this ongoing situation.
Students continue to learn and grow under these once unimaginable circumstances thanks to the innovation and devotion of our incredible teachers. Just look at the examples in these e-newsletters. Last weekend, the New Rochelle High School TheatreWorks group held its fall play. They not only succeeded in producing the entire play virtually; they used the current limitations on gatherings as a springboard to explore human connections the way they would not have in the past.
This week, see the story about how the kindergarten teacher at Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center converted a snow storm into a fun learning opportunity. Also enjoy performances and an art show from other schools.
As we reach the winter break, and vaccines emerge, there are signs of hope. Our school nurses have been using the state-supplied rapid COVID-19 test to obtain results in just 15 minutes as they meet the New York State requirements for keeping schools open in yellow, orange and red zones.
We have navigated this pandemic because of careful planning, vast expertise, wisdom and devotion to the more than 10,000 students who have been entrusted to us for a high-quality education. Students, teachers, parents and other partners in education should be proud of how far we’ve come.
Remember that when we return on Jan. 4, 2021, grades four through eight will return to a full hybrid model, joining the lower grades. At New Rochelle High School, the Alternative Campus School will return to the hybrid model on Jan. 11, 2021, and the rest of the school will follow on Jan. 19, 2021.
No matter how you choose to spend the break, I hope you find relaxation and joy over the next week and a half. We look forward to seeing you again in the new year, rested and ready to continue conquering the challenge before us. Thank you for your investment in our students’ futures.
Dr. Alex Marrero, Interim Superintendent
City School District of New Rochelle