Dear North Colonie Families,
The first week of the new year is in the books. I know it has been a stressful time for many, but I want to encourage you to please take some time for yourself and unplug as needed. As we head into the weekend, I have some updates for you to review:
COVID Testing Update
On Monday, Governor Cuomo announced that if a county’s infection rate surpasses 9%, schools must conduct COVID testing to remain open for in-person instruction. We are waiting for official guidance with detailed information from the governor’s office or the New York State Department of Health. Please note, we are prepared to conduct testing immediately in the event the governor announces we need to test individuals. Detailed information will be shared with families when it becomes available.
Reminder: Grades 9-12 Remote Until Jan. 19
As a reminder, on Wednesday we announced that due to quarantines, the district is experiencing staffing shortages. Therefore, students in grades 9-12 are on a remote learning period through Friday, Jan. 15. All students in the full-day self-contained special education programs will remain in person. All other 9-12 students will return to in-person instruction on Tuesday, Jan. 19. We will continue to update our families if anything changes.
- This week, I would like to share a personal weekly boost. This school year has been unlike any other and we have experienced incredible challenges. Despite the uncertainty and challenges, our school nurses have stepped up to the plate to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for everyone. Our nurses do an incredible job each year, but they have addressed the pandemic masterfully in each building. The next time you see or interact with one of our school nurses, please thank them. Their work often goes unnoticed and we cannot thank them enough for their dedication to our school community.
- SHS recently held its Poetry Out Loud Competition. I would like to congratulate senior Izzy Cowan, the winner of the competition, and senior Eva Hymes, the runner up! Both Izzy and Eva will move on to the regional competition, where they will submit videos of recitations of two different poems. Regional winners will be announced Friday, Feb. 26. Good luck, Izzy and Eva!
I cannot thank our families enough for their continued partnership. It is critical that everyone does their part, both in and out of school, to allow the district to continue to safely operate. Please remember to wear a mask, be mindful of who you interact with and social distance.
D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools