September 8, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome Back! I can’t believe it is already September and we are starting back in school. I wanted to write a letter to let you know what the plans are as of today, September 8, 2021. We have been working very hard continuing to follow the guidelines and work on what we need to do to reopen safely following the updated guidelines.
This year I am happy to say that we will not have any overflow rooms. We have been able to have all classrooms with children spaced apart 3 feet. While the students will be required to wear masks in all grades, we will continue to allow mask breaks when safe to do so.
The children will be receiving 5 special subjects each week. They will have technology, Italian, physical education, art and music. The children will only travel to physical education class which will take place either outside or in the cafeteria. Grades 4-8 will not be switching classrooms; the teachers will be coming into them. We found this worked well last year and will be continuing to follow that procedure this year.
We are working on scheduling at this time for lunch. The children will be eating lunch spaced out 6 feet in the gym. They will have an assigned seat and be expected to sit at that seat each time the are in the cafeteria. This will help us track close contacts as needed. We also plan to give the students recess outside weather permitting. We are working on alternatives for inclement weather.
This year we will no longer have temperature checks, however I would ask that you take the health screening seriously and honestly. If your child is not feeling well, I would ask that you keep them home or take them to the doctor to get cleared to return to school. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that we do the right thing to protect our NDCA family. If your child comes into school and is not feeling well, they will be sent home and need to remain home until they are 3 days symptom free with no medication. Please note that as inconvenient this may be, this is what limited the exposure to the building.
We hope to be able to welcome back into the building to work off their service hours. If you are interested in working off your service hours, please keep an eye out for sign up sheets. We will be looking for lunch parents as well as door parents and hallway monitors. My hope is that as the situation in NY improves, we will be able to welcome families back into the building for special events. But in the mean time we will be planning everything virtually and pre-taping.
I would like to thank you for choosing to send your child to NDCA! We take the safety of our families and students very seriously; I appreciate you following the guidelines that are being enforced. It is for everyone’s safety.
Stay safe and well!
Mrs. Jennifer DiLorenzo