Dear New Rochelle Families and Community:
I am writing to provide today’s update, which includes information on school lunches and a new, easier, streamlined process to register online for our PCR COVID-19 Saliva-Testing Program.
We announced last weekend that the school district would provide free bagged lunches to students this week. Due to the possibility of snow on Thursday night and Friday, we will provide two lunches to students tomorrow, Thursday, so they do not have to venture out in potential inclement weather on Friday. However, lunches also will be available Friday for those in need. Pickup on both days is from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside Albert Leonard Middle School, Barnard Early Childhood Center, Columbus Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, New Rochelle High School (at House 4), and Trinity Elementary School.
As we’ve communicated all week, we continue to urge our students and staff to get vaccinated. We will announce, in tomorrow’s communication to our community, a vaccination clinic our school district will host next week in partnership with the Westchester County Department of Health.
We also urge participation in our COVID-19 testing program as an additional safeguard for our students, families, faculty, and staff. The PCR Saliva-Testing Program is free and safe; we thank the hundreds who signed up this week, but we still have a long way to go. We received feedback that online registration has been cumbersome, and we have taken action to remedy that by creating a new online, easier-to-use form.
Please visit this link to complete consent and authorization. Your submission will be reviewed and your child’s school will notify you when testing will be conducted. Students also can pick up printed consent and authorization forms when school buildings reopen next week. Further details are available here: https://conta.cc/3yPdCUN.
Thank you again for your resilience, patience and understanding. Your care is integral to our children’s futures. We look forward to welcoming our students, faculty, and staff back to school on Monday, Jan. 10. I will provide additional updates on our Test-to-Stay Program, which is in final stages of development, later this week.
Stay well and healthy.