Message from the Principal : Mr. Joe Mercora

The time is coming for us to begin the process of welcoming the in-person hybrid learners back to school. Rest assured that we have worked tirelessly to get the place ready. While many things will look and feel different, you can count on one thing remaining the same, our love and care for your children as if they were our own. We are humbled by that trust and will do all we can to earn it. We will provide a great education and do all we can to keep them safe and healthy. However, we will need your assistance in both.
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with key information that you will need to help us help your child. This information pertains directly to those students who will be in-person learners on their designated days.
1. Upon your child waking up, please check their general health as only a parent can. If your child is truly not feeling well, please keep them home as a precaution. If your child is healthy, please complete the mandatory screening questionnaire and send them to school as usual.
2. Please make sure your child has a mask on when he comes to school. If you need a mask for your child, please let us know. We will be having mask breaks throughout the day.
3. The school day begins at 8:50 a.m. Please DO NOT drop your child off early. This will allow children to go directly to their classrooms. For parents that truly have a hardship in doing this, we ask that you please contact Rachel Berlin via email at rberlin@nyackschools.org.
4. Once school begins, we will run a regular scheduled day. Differences will include special classes such as Art, Music and Physical Education that will take place either in the classroom or outside if weather permits.
5. Lunch and breakfast will be served in the classroom.
6. Recess will be outside when the weather permits, however, be advised that recess will also NOT look the same as it did. In order to keep appropriate social distancing, the district has designated areas for each section when a grade has recess. Students will remain with their class section at recess and be supervised by a Teaching Assistant. They will be able to play non-contact games. An example of this would be Simon Says or Hop Scotch, etc. During this brief period of time, playground equipment such as swings and jungle gyms will not be accessible to students during recess.
7. DISMISSAL – The doors of dismissal will not change.
 Grades K, 1 and 2 will go out the Main Entrance Doors.
 Grades 3, 4 and 5 will go out via the exit next to the gymnasium.
o 2: 50 p.m. Kindergarten students will be dismissed directly to an adult at the door.
o 3:00 p.m. ALL WALKERS, students that WALK home, are dismissed FIRST. The procedure is to dismiss these students slowly one class at a time. If the child walks home on their own, they will directly LEAVE the campus.
o If a parent is picking up their child and walking them home, please greet your child, take them by the hand and WALK off the campus so we can SAFELY begin the next phase of dismissal. We CANNOT have parents congregating and talking on campus once their children are dismissed and we cannot have students unattended on the campus. We ask that our parents also have masks on for the safety of others.
o 3:05 p.m. CAR RIDERS - This is our biggest population of dismissal students. A SECURITY GUARD WILL NOW BE ON THE CAR RIDER DRIVER SIDE LANE. Parents picking up their child will inform the security guard of the FIRST and LAST name of their child/children and they will be sent from the car rider room to the car.
o IN ORDER TO BE A CAR RIDER, A CHILD MUST BE ABLE TO PUT HIMSELF/HERSELF IN A SEAT BELT/BOOSTER SEAT. PARENTS CANNOT GET OUT OF THEIR CAR IN THE CAR RIDER PICK UP LANE TO ASSIST THEIR CHILD. IF YOUR CHILD CANNOT NAVIGATE THIS INDEPENDENTLY, PLEASE PARK YOUR CAR AND PICK UP YOUR CHILD AS A WALKER.
o BUS STUDENTS: WILL BE DISMISSED TO THE BUS RIDER ROOM AT 3:15 P.M. AND BE SEATED. SIBLINGS RIDING A BUS TOGETHER WILL SIT TOGETHER ON THE RIDE HOME DURING THIS TIME-PERIOD. WE WILL ALSO HAVE A TEACHING ASSISTANT ON THE BUS FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS TO ASSURE SOCIAL DISTANCING IS ESTABLISHED AND ENFORCED.
o YMCA STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED TO THE LIBRARY UNTIL THE BUILDING CLEARS.
8. Each day your child will need to take their chrome book home and bring it back to school each day so that in the event of a sudden closure, they will have contact with their teacher.
As you can see, the school day will look very different from what it looked like when we left in March. The way we conduct our school day will also be different. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information about students entering the building, the school day in general and critical dismissal protocols.
We will be sending another letter home in the next two days to clarify, hybrid learning and what it will look like. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support as we navigate this school year together.

Sincerely,

Mr. Joseph Mercora

 2020_Elementry School Parent Letter.pdf 

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All communication to parents will be emailed.  Thank you for your support of your students and our teachers at this time.   Please email me with any concerns. (jmercora@nyackschools.org)

 Joe Mercora, Principal

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