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  • A message from the Superintendent, April 3, 2020

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 4/3/2020 3:15:00 PM

    Greetings EUFSD family,

    I hope my email finds you and your family well during this difficult time!

    Today completes the third week with our remote learning. Each day we are working to improve the learning experiences for our students, as well as the support we offer for our families. We know that many continue to struggle to adjust to this new situation that we all are facing. We are also aware that the adjustment is especially challenging for our students. We encourage you to reach out to your principal if you are experiencing any difficulties or require additional assistance.

    As a reminder, we will continue working through next week and you may expect the same format as the past few weeks. As I stated previously, we are aware of the holidays that are coming up. With the holidays in mind, our teachers will be flexible with assignment due dates. As I receive information about the remainder of the school year, I will continue to provide timely communication and update our website -  eufsd.org.

    As another reminder, if your child needs a district-owned Chromebook, we continue to distribute them to those families who need one; you may contact your principal so we may make arrangements. Our “Grab & Go” meal distribution will continue to occur daily (Monday - Friday) from 8:00AM to 11:00AM in the AHHS cafeteria throughout our school closure. Additionally, if any family has childcare needs, please reach out to your principal so we can assist you with resources that may be available to you.

    As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your principal should you have any questions or concerns. We thank you for being partners as we work together through this challenging time.

    I wish you a great weekend!

    Yours truly,

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendent of Schools

    Saludos familia EUFSD,

    ¡Espero que mi correo electrónico los encuentre bien a usted y a su familia durante este momento difícil!

    Hoy completa la tercera semana con nuestro aprendizaje remoto. Cada día estamos trabajando para mejorar las experiencias de aprendizaje para nuestros estudiantes, así como el apoyo que ofrecemos a nuestras familias. Sabemos que muchos continúan luchando para adaptarse a esta nueva situación a la que todos nos enfrentamos. También somos conscientes de que el ajuste es especialmente desafiante para nuestros estudiantes. Lo alentamos a que se comunique con su director si tiene dificultades o necesita asistencia adicional.

    Como recordatorio, continuaremos trabajando hasta la próxima semana y puede esperar el mismo formato que las últimas semanas. Como dije anteriormente, estamos al tanto de las vacaciones que se avecinan. Con las vacaciones en mente, nuestros maestros serán flexibles con las fechas de vencimiento de las tareas. A medida que reciba información sobre el resto del año escolar, continuaré  brindando comunicación oportuna y actualizando nuestro sitio web: eufsd.org.

    Como otro recordatorio, si su hijo necesita un Chromebook propiedad del distrito, continuamos distribuyendolos a las familias que lo necesitan; puede comunicarse con su director(a) para que podamos hacer los arreglos necesarios. Nuestra distribución de comidas “Grab & Go” continuará ocurriendo diariamente (de lunes a viernes) de 8:00 a.m. a 11:00 a.m.en la cafetería de AHHS durante el cierre de nuestra escuela. Además, si alguna familia tiene necesidades de cuidado infantil, comuníquese con su director para que pueda ayudarlo con los recursos que pueden estar disponibles para usted.

    Como siempre, no lo dudes en comunicarse con su director(a) si tiene algunas pregunta o inquietud. Les agradecemos por ser socios mientras trabajamos juntos en este momento desafiante.

    ¡Te deseo un buen fin de semana!

    Atentamente,

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendente de Escuelas

     

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  • Fitness Friday Remote Style!

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 4/2/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Just because learning is taking place at home these days, does not mean that some of our longtime events cannot happen! On Friday, March 27 Alice E. Grady gym teacher Drew Watson presented Fitness Friday. The one difference? He broadcast the event from his home!

    All the fun elements of the usual Fitness Friday events were there - competition, music and some exercises for the brain too! Mr. Watson was joined by Ryan and Faith Watson and DJ Hopper was there by proxy spinning the tunes!

    If you missed the fun, you can see it here!

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  • Letter from Superintendent of Schools, March 31-Use of vacation days

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 3/31/2020 1:35:00 PM

    Greetings EUFSD family,

    I hope my email finds you well during this challenging time!

    During these days, I am constantly reminded of the widespread effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the unfortunate experiences and loss of loved ones for some of our EUFSD families. Please know that we are here to support all of our families, especially those who have been impacted by the novel coronavirus. These are challenging days for everyone and we are mindful of our students and the adjustments they have been forced to make.

    On Friday, I sent a communication regarding the upcoming spring recess. Over the weekend, we were provided further guidance about Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order that states: 

    School districts must continue plans for alternative instructional options, distribution and availability of meals, and child care, with an emphasis on serving children of essential workers, and continue to first use any vacation or snow days remaining.

    Under the new Executive Order, we are required to continue instruction over the spring recess. We recognize that this is a challenging time for everyone and many were looking forward to the upcoming break; however, we also acknowledge that for many of our students and families, it is important to have a daily routine. In the upcoming days, our teachers will be communicating the learning activities for next week. We will also continue to provide meals through our “Grab & Go” distribution daily (Monday through Friday) from 8:00AM to 11:00AM in the AHHS cafeteria.

    We also recognize that for many families, there are religious holidays coming up and you may be observing on those days. Our teachers will be flexible with assignments and due dates, with the holidays in mind.

    On behalf of the Board of Education and District, we are grateful for your partnership, which includes our entire school community, as we work through this challenging time. Also, we greatly appreciate your understanding as we adjust to the changes in the upcoming days.

    Yours truly,

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendent of Schools


    Saludos familia EUFSD,

    ¡Espero que mi correo electrónico te encuentre bien durante este momento desafiante!

    Durante estos días, recuerdo constantemente los efectos generalizados del nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19) y la desafortunada experiencia y pérdida de seres queridos para algunas de nuestras familias de EUFSD. Tenga en cuenta que estamos aquí para apoyar a todas nuestras familias, especialmente a aquellos que han sido afectados por el nuevo coronavirus. Estos son días desafiantes para todos y tenemos en cuenta a nuestros estudiantes y los ajustes que se han visto obligados a hacer.

    El viernes, envié una comunicación sobre el próximo receso de primavera. Durante el fin de semana, recibimos más orientación sobre la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Cuomo que establece:

    Los distritos escolares deben continuar con los planes de opciones educativas alternativas, distribución y disponibilidad de comidas y cuidado infantil, con énfasis en servir a los hijos de trabajadores esenciales, y continuar utilizando primero los días restantes de vacaciones o nieve.

    Bajo la nueva Orden Ejecutiva, estamos obligados a continuar la instrucción durante el receso de primavera. Reconocemos que este es un momento desafiante para todos y muchos esperaban con ansias el próximo descanso; sin embargo, también reconocemos que para muchos de nuestros estudiantes y familias, es importante tener una rutina diaria. En los próximos días, nuestros maestros comunicarán las actividades de aprendizaje para la próxima semana. También continuaremos proporcionando comidas a través de nuestra distribución "Grab & Go" todos los días (de lunes a viernes) de 8:00 a.m. a 11:00 a.m.en la cafetería AHHS.

    También reconocemos que para muchas familias, hay feriados religiosos que se avecinan y que tal vez estén observando en esos días. Nuestros maestros serán flexibles con las tareas y las fechas de vencimiento, teniendo en cuenta las vacaciones.

    En nombre de la Junta de Educación y el Distrito, estamos agradecidos por su asociación, que incluye a toda nuestra comunidad escolar, mientras trabajamos en este momento difícil. Además, apreciamos mucho su comprensión a medida que nos adaptamos a los cambios en los próximos días.

    Atentamente,

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendente de Escuela

     

     

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  • Schools to remain closed until April 15

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 3/27/2020 12:40:00 PM

    A Special Message from The Elmsford Union Free School District

    Greetings EUFSD family,

    I hope my email finds you well during this challenging time!

    In Governor Cuomo’s press briefing earlier today, he indicated that schools will be closed for another two weeks. Schools will now be closed until at least April 15th to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    Based on the current announcement extending school closures, the district will begin spring recess from Monday, April 6th through Monday, April 13th. There will be no work assigned during the days of spring recess. Since the Executive Order will be extended, this will allow us to count our distance learning in our 180-day requirement.

    Although the projection models for Westchester County are showing a slowing of the number of cases coming into hospitals. As he said, “although this is almost too good to be true,” social distancing and the essential worker rules appear to be working to reduce the density and “flatten the curve” of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). With that said, we know that the number of cases continues to grow.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding during this uncertain and challenging time. This partnership defines our Elmsford School District and I thank you for all that you are doing.

     Yours truly,

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendent of Schools

    Saludos familia EUFSD,

    ¡Espero que mi correo electrónico te encuentre bien durante este momento desafiante!

    En la rueda de prensa del Gobernador Cuomo el día de hoy, indicó que las escuelas permanecerán cerradas por otras dos semanas. Las escuelas ahora estarán cerradas hasta al menos el 15 de abril para reducir la propagación de COVID-19.

    Basado en el anuncio actual que extiende los cierres de escuelas, el distrito comenzará el receso de primavera del lunes 6 de abril al lunes 13 de abril. No habrá trabajo asignado durante los días de recreo de primavera. Dado que se extenderá la Orden Ejecutiva, esto nos permitirá contar nuestro aprendizaje a distancia en nuestro requisito de 180 días.

    Aunque los modelos de proyección para el condado de Westchester muestran una disminución en la cantidad de casos que ingresan a los hospitales. Como dijo, "aunque esto es casi demasiado bueno para ser verdad", el distanciamiento social y las reglas esenciales del trabajador parecen estar trabajando para reducir la densidad y "aplanar la curva" del nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19). Dicho esto, sabemos que el número de casos continúa creciendo.

    Agradecemos su paciencia y comprensión durante este momento incierto y desafiante. Esta camaradería  define nuestro Distrito Escolar de Elmsford y le agradezco todo lo que está haciendo.

     

    Atentamente,

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendente de Escuelas

     

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  • One example of a family learning how to learn at home

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 3/25/2020 4:15:00 PM

    Thank you to Seth Harrison from lohud.com/The Journal News for sharing how one Elmsford family is managing their distance learning experience. It is something new for all of our Elmsford Union Free School District families, students and staff and we know that together we will come through this!

    Watch the vidoe of Angus and Primrose Rogers, and their mom, as they engage in at-home learning.

     

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  • Update from the Superintendent, March 24, 2020

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 3/24/2020 2:15:00 PM

    Greetings Elmsford family,

     

    I hope my email finds you well!

     
    During Governor Cuomo’s Coronavirus briefing, he informed us that there are an additional 4,790 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the statewide total to 25,665 confirmed cases in New York State. This is a reminder of the widespread impact of this virus, but also reminds us of the importance to follow the recommendations of state and local departments of health. Social distancing is a must during this time, as well as keeping our days balanced with staying healthy and active.

     

    I write to you to provide you with some recent updates:

    1. NYSED 3-8 Assessments: The  New York  State Education  Department (NYSED)  is suspending all NYS  Elementary and Intermediate Level  State Assessments for the remainder of the school year. This suspension of assessments for the remainder of the school year applies to the following State assessments:
    • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests
    • New York State Grade 4 Elementary Level Science Test
    • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades
    • K-12 New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school

    At  this  time, NYSED  is continuing  to closely monitor  the situation and will  provide guidance on the Regents examinations in the near future.

    1. Our facilities remain closed, including our playgrounds and fields, under Governor Cuomo's Executive Order; however, our custodial team and food service providers continue to operate our "grab & go" meal program daily (Mon.-Fri.) from 8:00AM to 11:00AM.
    2. We will host a third Chromebook distribution for any family that requires a district-owned device. The distribution will be tomorrow, March 25th from 2:00PM to 4:00PM in the AHHS Cafeteria.

    I have not mentioned the question of spring break, as we are still waiting for guidance; however, I am confident that our spring break will occur, as scheduled.

     

    We are aware of how long and challenging the days of distance learning can be and we are working to make the days more manageable. I also remind everyone of the importance of engaging students in learning during this time.

     

    Please stay safe.

     

    Yours truly,

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco

    Superintendent of Schools

     

    Saludos familia Elmsford,

     

    ¡Espero que mi correo te encuentre bien!

     
    Durante la sesión informativa sobre el coronavirus del gobernador Cuomo, nos informó que hay 4.790 casos adicionales confirmados de nuevos coronavirus (COVID-19), lo que eleva el total estatal a 25.665 casos confirmados en el estado de Nueva York. Este es un recordatorio del impacto generalizado de este virus, pero también nos recuerda la importancia de seguir las recomendaciones de los departamentos de salud estatales y locales. El distanciamiento social es imprescindible durante este tiempo, así como mantener nuestros días equilibrados con mantenernos saludables y activos.

     
    Le escribo para proporcionar algunas actualizaciones recientes:

     

    1. Evaluaciones 3-8 NYSED: El Departamento de Educación del Estado de Nueva York (NYSED) suspende todas las evaluaciones estatales de nivel primario e intermedio de NYS por el resto del año escolar. Esta suspensión de evaluaciones por el resto del año escolar se aplica a las siguientes evaluaciones estatales:

     

    • Estado de Nueva York Grados 3-8 Pruebas de artes lingüísticas en inglés y matemáticas
    • Examen de ciencias de nivel elemental de grado 4 del estado de Nueva York
    • Prueba de rendimiento de inglés como segundo idioma del estado de Nueva York (NYSESLAT) en grados
    • Evaluación alternativa del estado de Nueva York K-12 (NYSSA) para estudiantes con discapacidades cognitivas severas en los grados 3-8 y preparatori.

    En este momento, NYSED continúa monitoreando de cerca la situación y proporcionará orientación sobre los exámenes Regents en un futuro próximo.

    1. Nuestras instalaciones permanecen cerradas, incluidos nuestros parques infantiles y campos, bajo la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Cuomo; sin embargo, nuestro equipo de custodia y los proveedores de servicios de alimentos continúan operando nuestro programa de comidas "grab & go" todos los días (de lunes a viernes) de 8:00 a.m. a 11:00 a.m..
    2. Alojaremos una tercera distribución de Chromebook para cualquier familia que requiera un dispositivo propiedad del distrito. La distribución será mañana 25 de marzo de 2:00 p.m. a 4:00 p.m. en la cafetería AHHS.

    ​No he mencionado la cuestión de las vacaciones de primavera, ya que todavía estamos esperando orientación; Sin embargo, estoy seguro de que nuestras vacaciones de primavera ocurrirán, como estaba previsto.

     

    Somos conscientes de lo largos y desafiantes que pueden ser los días de aprendizaje a distancia y estamos trabajando para que los días sean más manejables. También les recuerdo a todos la importancia de involucrar a los estudiantes en el aprendizaje durante este tiempo.

     

    Por favor mantente a salvo.

     
    Atentamente,

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendente de Escuelas

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco, Superintendent of Schools

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  • Another Chromebook distribution set for March 19

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 3/18/2020 3:30:00 PM

    Greetings Elmsford family,

    This is your Superintendent, Dr. Marc Baiocco, with information about another Chromebook distribution. We will have staff available tomorrow, March 19th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Alexander Hamilton High School cafeteria for any family who needs a Chromebook and was unable to get one today. Any student who needs a Chromebook must come with a parent or guardian to sign the Chromebook out.

    I hope you are well and please stay safe. We look forward to the day that we can welcome your child back into our schools.

    Saludos familia Elmsford,

    Este es su Superintendente, Dr. Marc Baiocco, con información sobre otra distribución de Chromebook. Tendremos personal disponible mañana, 19 de marzo, de 5:00 p.m. a 7:00 p.m en la cafetería de Alexander Hamilton High School. para cualquier familia que necesite un Chromebook y no haya podido obtenerlo hoy. Cualquier estudiante que necesite un Chromebook debe venir con un padre o tutor para cerrar la sesión del Chromebook.

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  • 'Read Across America' comes to Dixson

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 3/18/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Those who visited the Carl L. Dixson Primary School on February 27 may have been a bit curious to see so many kindergarten and first grade students sporting mustaches. Faculty and staff seemed to take it all in stride as the mustachioed students had work to do. Their task for the day? Read!

    The sudden facial hair was inspired by “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss. The school was celebrating Read Across America week and each day students were introduced to a book by the famed children’s author. Throughout the week students and staff dressed in corresponding costumes. For example, some wore tall hats for “The Cat in the Hat,” or green for “Green Eggs and Ham.” Dad reads to daughter

    “Read Across America” was created by the National Education Association and corresponds with the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss.

    This particular day was made even more special when more than 50 parents and guardians stopped by the school to “Cozy up and Read.” For one hour in the morning, and again in the afternoon, parents and guardians could sign up to come in to read to their child or special friend.

    Soon the library was full of readers and children selecting books.

    “I always try to participate when I am not at work,” Dad Greg Dowd said. He was there reading to his son, first-grader Greyson. “It’s great to show the presence of dads.”

    Nashaly Malave stopped by to read to her first-grade cousin, Conor. She will sometimes join the fun at the school when Conor’s parents are unable to do so.

    “Of course!” Ms. Malave said as to whether or not Conor enjoys reading. “He’s having fun here.”

    “It’s always special to come in,” Jessie Lanza said. She was there to read to her son Leonardo who is in first grade.

    Click here to see photos of all the reading fun!

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  • Schools to close through March 31, 2020

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 3/16/2020 2:45:00 PM

    Updated as of March 16, 2020

    The following is an announcment from Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Marc Baiocco, relating the closing of EUFSD schools:

    Greetings EUFSD family,

     

    I hope my email finds you well following the weekend!

     

    As you know the past week has been very challenging and I thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. 

     

    This afternoon County Executive Latimer issued a declaration of a state of emergency and ordered closing schools for a period of 14 days. The intention of this closure is to help mitigate the spread of the virus in our schools. Under the authority of County Executive Latimer, he may close schools in five day intervals, so it is anticipated that he will extend the order next week. 

     

    With this new information, the Elmsford UFSD will be closed through March 31, 2020. However, as the details of the CDC, state and local guidance regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to emerge, the recommendations are likely to change. Therefore, we should prepare for a closure beyond this date. Information regarding any potential changes to this year’s District calendar will be shared in the near future as our current priority is to focus on providing on-going learning and supporting the well-being of our school community.  

     

    Although schools will be closed, it is important to note that distance learning will continue. Our staff remains dedicated to serving the educational needs of our students. In doing so, we have developed the plans outlined below to support student learning while they are at home.   

     

    Learning from Home  

    During the school closure, our teachers and support staff will be available by email. Learning materials will be provided through district email, Talking Points, and Google Classroom to name a few. We recognize that distance learning is not a replacement for face-to-face instruction, but it does provide an opportunity for students to continue to be engaged in their learning during this time of crisis.  If you have any questions related to your child’s home-based learning, please email your child’s teacher and or principal. 

     

    Altice USA is offering free internet service for families who may be displaced due to school closure. Any family who may need free internet access may call 866-200-9522 to enroll: Altice USA Brings Free Broadband to K-12 and College Students During Coronavirus Pandemic

     

    School Nutrition Program 

    We recognize that many students depend on meals provided during school days. Our food service staff will be at our schools beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and throughout the school closure from 8:00AM to 11:00AM to distribute a “Grab and Go” meal package. 

     

    Please be reminded that during the school closures, all athletic and extracurricular activities are canceled. We will open schools on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 8:00AM to 11:00AM for any students who may need a Chromebook.  During this time, we will also allow access to our school building for anyone who will need to get learning materials or belongings from our schools.

     

    As I said before, this is a very challenging time and the information and guidance are changing quickly. I thank you for your support and understanding and assure you that together, we will get through this.   

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Marc P. Baiocco

    Superintendent of Schools

     

     

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  • Schools to close on March 16-17

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 3/13/2020 4:30:00 PM

    Dear Elmsford family, 

     

    I participated in a meeting this morning with representatives from the New York State Education Department, the New York State government officials, and superintendents from around the region, to discuss the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). During the meeting, we collectively expressed our concerns the virus poses to our schools. 

     

    As a result of our concerns and the many unanswered questions that still exist about the potential spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Elmsford Union Free School District will be closed on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th. This includes all school activities, athletic practices, and competitions. This school closure is consistent with the practice of social distancing, which has been recommended by the CDC and medical professionals.   

     

    Given that this situation continues to change quickly, we will continue to be in contact with our state and county health departments. Using this guidance and the state of the situation on Tuesday, we will use the information available to re-evaluate the status of the school closing. The health and safety of our students and school community is our top priority and therefore we may need to extend the closure, if necessary.  

     

    In the event that an extended school closure is required, our staff is prepared to provide distance learning for our students. We have also devised a plan with our food service provider to support students who may need food during this time and will share the necessary information if this becomes necessary. 

     

    We  apologize for any inconvenience that may result in closing our schools. We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we navigate through this challenging time. We remain committed to sharing any new information as it becomes available and will continue to do so on our website at eufsd.org/health.   

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Marc P. Baiocco

    Superintendent of Schools


    Querida familia de Elmsford,

     

    Participé en una reunión esta mañana con representantes del Departamento de Educación del Estado de Nueva York, el gobierno del estado de Nueva York y superintendentes de toda la región, para discutir el noval coronavirus (COVID-19). Durante la reunión, expresamos colectivamente nuestras preocupaciones que el virus plantea a nuestras escuelas.

     

    Como resultado de nuestras preocupaciones y las muchas preguntas sin respuesta que aún existen sobre la posible propagación del nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19), el Distrito Escolar Libre de Elmsford Unión estará cerrado el lunes 16 de marzo y el martes 17 de marzo. Esto incluye todas las actividades escolares, prácticas deportivas y competiciones. Este cierre de la escuela es consistente con la práctica del distanciamiento social, que ha sido recomendado por los CDC y los profesionales médicos.

     

    Dado que esta situación continúa cambiando rápidamente, continuaremos en contacto con nuestros departamentos de salud estatales y del condado. Usando esta guía y el estado de la situación el martes, utilizaremos la información disponible para reevaluar el estado del cierre de la escuela. La salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y la comunidad escolar es nuestra principal prioridad y, por lo tanto, es posible que necesitemos extender el cierre, si es necesario.

     

    En caso de que se requiera un cierre prolongado de la escuela, nuestro personal está preparado para brindar educación a distancia a nuestros estudiantes. También hemos ideado un plan con nuestro proveedor de servicios de alimentos para apoyar a los estudiantes que puedan necesitar alimentos durante este tiempo y compartiremos la información necesaria si es necesario.

     

    Pedimos disculpas por cualquier inconveniente que pueda resultar en el cierre de nuestras escuelas. Agradecemos su continuo apoyo y comprensión mientras navegamos por este momento desafiante. Seguimos comprometidos a compartir cualquier información nueva a medida que esté disponible y continuaremos haciéndolo en nuestro sitio web en eufsd.org/health.

     

    Sinceramente,

     

    Dr. Marc P. Baiocco

    Superintendente de Escuelas

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