Dear North Colonie Families,
I hope this period of remote learning was smooth for your student and family. As I previously mentioned, we are ready and excited to welcome all students back to school on Tuesday, Jan. 19. As I have said before, we want our students in our buildings and we will continue to do whatever we can to keep them safe, while providing the best learning experience possible.
If you had chosen to keep your child home to learn remotely for the two weeks after the holiday break, we are extending that placement for the next two weeks through Friday, Jan. 29. This option is only for students whose families chose this option originally.
Once we begin the second semester on Monday, Feb. 1, individuals who responded to the survey (or had their accommodation approved by a principal) and chose to learn in person are expected to be in person and those who chose to learn remotely will be in remote. After Monday, Feb. 1, all students will be expected to adhere to the choice they made for the second semester when the survey was completed.
With that, I wanted to let you know that like other districts in the area, we are planning to begin COVID-19 surveillance testing. We will test 10% of our district population to see what the extent of COVID-19 is in our school buildings. This testing is not mandated by the state, and we do not believe there is a huge spread of COVID-19 in our buildings, but this testing will give us actual data to prove that.
We will start with testing at our K-3 schools next Wednesday, Jan. 20 and it will continue on Thursday, Jan. 21 and Friday, Jan. 22. The plan is to test at two elementary schools each day. We plan to test selected students from grades 4-6 the week of January 25 and selected students from grades 7-12 on Saturday, January 30. Only those children whose families had previously given consent will be selected.
If your child is one who may be tested, you will receive an email 48 hours in advance from his/her school principal with more details and information about what the process will look like.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s school principal.
Meal Pick-up Change
Due to the holiday on Monday, remote learner meal pick-up will be behind Blue Creek next week on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and Thursday, Jan. 21, from 8-9 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Food Services Director Lisa Ostrowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Earlier this week, Loudonville music teacher Maria Southworth did a lesson with her sixth grade students on Martin Luther King Jr. They listened to a song, met the composer in a video and learned about how and why he created the song. The students were then asked the following question: Dr. King used words to create a powerful effect in his speeches. What can YOU do to have a powerful effect on the world? Watch this short video to see some of their impressive answers.
- This year, we began a new staff spotlight called “Names of North Colonie,” which features a variety of staff members around the district. This week we are featuring SJHS Night Custodial Lead Neil St. Louis. Learn more about Neil here. Thank you, Neil, for all you do!
I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing holiday weekend. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can do for you or your family.
D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools