Dear North Colonie Families,
We’ve made it through another successful week! I wanted to reach out to review some of the topics we discussed at last night’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting and share a few reminders with you all. Please take some time to review the important information below.
Remote Learner Meal Pick-up for Next Week
Due to the holiday on Monday, remote learner meal pick-up will be held behind Blue Creek next Tuesday, Sept. 29 and Thursday, Oct. 1 from 10-11 a.m. If you have any questions, please reach out to Food Services Director Lisa Ostrowki at email@example.com.
Junior High Schedule Change
Beginning Thursday, Oct. 1, there will be some schedule changes for our junior high students. We will continue to maintain in-person cohort numbers of 15 or fewer students per core academic classes. We will also maintain in-person 30 students or less combined cohorts for non-core subjects and World Language since these classes meet in oversized classroom spaces which allow for the appropriate social distancing between students. However, we will reduce our afternoon virtual sections to 35 students or fewer, with the exception of physical education and music which are offered asynchronously.
For our remote instruction, band, chorus and orchestra will be added to schedules, which will take the form of lessons scheduled by their teacher. We will also be adding a Design and Drawing for Production course, as well as Advanced Math (Beyond Algebra) and some World Language courses.
As a reminder, New York State began permitting practices and competition for low to moderate risk activities (golf, tennis, soccer, field hockey, cross country, swimming and diving) this past Monday, Sept. 21. Per the decision of The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, high risk sports (football, volleyball, cheerleading) will not start until March 1.
The Suburban Scholastic Council made the difficult decision not to offer freshman or modified fall sports. This decision was made based on numerous logistical obstacles throughout the Suburban Council including transportation, school schedules, budgets, etc.
The Suburban Council is following the NYSPHSAA guidance and allowing only two spectators per athlete at competitions. Spectators will be given a pass in advance of the contest to be worn when attending. Swim meets in the Suburban Council will not have spectators this season due to limited space.
What to Do If Your Child is Sick
I know I mentioned this last week, but it is extremely important that if your student has come down with any COVID-19 symptoms, or if they test positive for COVID-19, you must notify the school nurse or the main office of the school building which your child attends as soon as possible. In the case of a positive COVID-19 test, we ask that you report this to your home school nurse even if your child has been learning remotely. If your student has any symptoms or has a fever greater than 100 degrees, we ask that you keep them home from school. With your help, we can continue to keep our schools safe.
If your child is quarantined by the Department of Health, we also ask that you notify the school attendance office. For our elementary students who may be quarantined, the classroom teacher will provide assignments and resources on his/her Google classroom which the student can access as long as the student is feeling well enough to do so. The district is currently working on a plan to support these students with remote tutors and we will have more information on that program in the coming weeks. Secondary students who are quarantined can still participate in their virtual classrooms as long as they are feeling well enough to do so. The classroom teachers will provide work and resources via their Google classrooms to keep students up-to-date with in-class learning. Our 7-8th grade students are invited to make use of the extra help block at the end of the day should they need assistance with the in-class assignments. Our high school students should make use of the home-base period should they need assistance from their teachers regarding the in-person learning that they are missing.
We all play a part in keeping our community safe during these uncertain times. It is important to remember the choices that we all make outside of school could greatly impact what happens inside our schools.
Thank you for your continued support as we continue to reevaluate our day-to -day procedures and strive to provide the best possible environment for our students. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child’s principal. You can find their contact information on our website here.
I hope you can all take some time to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.
D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools