Dear parents and guardians,
We are aware that some neighboring school districts have closed in order to sanitize schools in response to the Coronavirus disease COVID-19, and that anxiety levels are high. Based on the information we have received, and on input from medical professionals, the City School District of New Rochelle has decided not to close our schools.
The District has been proactive in the sanitizing our buildings. As was shared with you in a previous message, all buildings are sanitized three times a week, and we have ordered and have received the products needed to ensure that teachers have what they need in the classroom.
If you choose to keep your child home, they will not be penalized. Please communicate with your teacher(s) via email to determine the material covered in class as best as possible.
We are working on a very robust plan that we will share with New York State Education Department and the Westchester Department of Health by the end of the day tomorrow (Thursday). Absent any clear guidance from these governing bodies, the City School District will propose and implement this plan subject to feedback from NYSED or the WCDOH. We will share the full plan with the community once it is finalized.
The plan is being developed by our central administration team, including input from the director of special education, our district physician and our building principals to ensure that it covers the many aspects of our complex district. This will include, but is not limited to, plans for special education students who are vulnerable to the Coronavirus COVID-19, specific plans to address a situation in which one of our students or staff members is diagnosed, such as closing the impacted school for a day to ensure that it is fully sanitized. Those found to test positive will be quarantined for 14 days. Instructional plans for any such students are being formulated by Dr. Marrero. Those plans will be specific for elementary, middle and high school students.
Rest assured that the district is taking this matter with the utmost sense of urgency. We are fully committed to educating students in a safe and nurturing environment. Student health comes first. As new developments arise, we will communicate them to you. If you need specific support, please do not hesitate to email the district. We will address your needs as best we can.