Dear North Colonie Families,
Another week is in the books, and I know it was a stressful one for many. I have no doubt that together, as a community, we will continue to remain strong and do the right things to keep one another healthy and safe. As always, we are here to help our students and families with whatever they need. Please never hesitate to reach out.
Please read the important information below for this week.
Return to School Protocols Updated – COVID-19 Information
Earlier this week, the NYS Department of Health and Albany County Department of Health released updated guidance regarding students returning to school should they have any COVID symptoms. Any student who is exhibiting a COVID symptom cannot return to school based on a negative result from a rapid SARS-coV-2 antigen test. A student must have a molecular COVID test done in order to return to school. Please read all updated return-to-school protocols on our district website.
Also, earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo updated travel restrictions for those coming into and leaving New York State. You can read more about those on our COVID-19 Information web page.
Free Meals through June
The district has been approved to serve free meals to all students through June 2021. This includes for remote learners as well. Since September 14, we have served 30,000 breakfast meals and 63,000 lunches to our students.
If you are a remote learner, all meals must be picked up behind Blue Creek Elementary School on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10–11 a.m. Monday and Wednesday pick up will include two breakfasts and two lunches and Friday pick up will contain one breakfast and one lunch. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Food and Nutrition Lisa Ostrowski at email@example.com.
January Regents Exams Canceled
The New York State Education Department has canceled the January 2021 regents exams. No decisions have been made regarding the June and August 2021 administrations of regents examinations or any of the other state assessment programs. More information is available on the NYSED website.
- Shaker senior Jeremy Wernick has been collecting hats for children with cancer every year since 2013. He runs the annual “Hatsgiving” drive, which has donated more than 18,000 hats to pediatric care centers over the years. You can help by donating or collecting new hats from now until Tuesday, Nov. 24. Read more about his story here.
- A budding meteorologist in our district showed off her skills last week as part of a school project. Third grader Lauren delivered quite the forecast to her teacher and classmates as part of a virtual spirit day, where students shared what they wanted to be when they grew up. You can check out the video on our district Facebook page.
I hope you are all able to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend and take some time to relax and recharge.
D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools