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  • Another annual tradition is in the books: Day of Giving

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 11/30/2020 2:45:00 PM

    Once again the Elmsford Union Free School District stepped up to help families in need during its annual food basket distribution.

    The district collected donations of turkeys, canned goods, pasta, fresh produce, stuffing and other items from the school district, area businesses, local organizations and individual families. Volunteers organized the items in boxes. Each box included a special note wishing families a Happy Thanksgiving and a special Alexander Hamilton High School face mask, donated by the school’s student government.

    Typically, the food is distributed to families with the assistance of the Elmsford Police Department. Due to COVID-19, the district opted to have families drive up to the front of the Alice E. Grady Elementary School, where volunteers placed the boxes in waiting vehicles the day before Thanksgiving.

    “It’s our annual Day of Giving,” Superintendent Marc Baiocco said. “We’ve been doing it nine years. It’s a wonderful opportunity to give back to families in need and to be able to see our families before Thanksgiving.”

    This was the first-year volunteers from all three schools in the district assisted with the program, including teachers, administrators and students.

    Click here to enjoy some photos from the Day of Giving!

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  • Sharing Day gives a glimpse into student work

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 11/30/2020 2:30:00 PM

    Classes enjoyed a morning of showing off some of their year’s work. Students working remotely logged in to see their classmates discuss their work and, when it was their turn, the students at home did the same, sharing their research projects, artwork, videos and creative writing

    Like so many things this school year, Sharing Day went virtual on Nov. 20 at Alice E. Grady Elementary School. 

    Madysson, a student in teacher Leandra Fulgione’s third grade class, enjoyed a special surprise. After she concluded her report on the Dominican Republic, all of her classmates sang “Happy Birthday” in recognition of her special day. Screenshot of thank you note

    Students in her class shared information that they had researched about different countries. Some of the detail’s students revealed about their countries included that Puerto Rico was founded in 1508, that Mandarin is the national language of China and that rapper Wyclef Jean is a famous person who hails from Haiti. 

    “I’m very impressed with these country reports,” Ms. Fuglione told her students. 

    Fifth-grade students in teacher Kim Breen's class shared their work from the different assignments they have had. Some wrote personal narratives, while others took a closer look at ateh book "Esperanza Rising" by Pam Munoz Ryan. Using the online bulletin board, Padlet, students created videos of their work or made ones relating to different elements of the book.

    During Sharing Day, the videos were posted online for friends and family to view. "Some of these projects were fabulous," Ms. Breen told the logged in crowd. "The kids are really proud of their work."

     

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  • Students take time for a mental health break

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 11/30/2020 2:00:00 PM

    There are the everyday stressors and then there are those that have developed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is enough to make anyone feel unsettled, depressed and anxious.

    That is why Alexander Hamilton High School hosted a Virtual Wellness Wednesday on Nov. 25. The school district is always mindful of students’ social and emotional wellbeing, and this was one more way to assist students who may be struggling.

    “I have always been passionate about bringing attention to students' wellness and mental health awareness,” Principal Joseph Engelhardt said.

    The virtual event took place during a half-day session before the Thanksgiving break on a day when students were all remote, enabling every student the opportunity to participate.

    Working with district partners, the day included several virtual sessions with the JCK Foundation, which works with communities to provide assistance with mental health issues; Hope’s Door, an organization that works to end domestic violence; and School Social Worker Alexa Mennuti, who discussed the “Dangers of Vaping.”

    Throughout the morning students logged in to each 45-minute session. Logo for organization

    In the “Mental Health Awareness” session, John Tessitore, founder of the JCK Foundation, shared his story and encouraged students to be open-minded when it comes to their own mental wellbeing and that of their friends and family.

    His session began with a quick survey among students. He asked students first if they felt comfortable talking about mental health with their friends, if they felt their peers would judge them if they sought help for their mental health and finally, do they have access to mental health resources. The polls showed the majority of students felt comfortable talking about the issue, that they would not be judged, and that they had access to help — all things Mr. Tessitore said were encouraging.

    Mr. Tessitore grew up in Dobbs Ferry and while in middle school he began to have recurring thoughts, some of them disturbing, and he exhibited compulsive behaviors. He had no idea what or why any of this was happening and was hesitant to say anything to anybody until it became almost intolerable.

    He finally sought help and was put on medication and given resources for further assistance. What truly made a difference for him, he said, was when one of his good friends, John Kelly, shared with him that he too suffered from OCD and depression.

    “He was like my brother,” Mr. Tessitore said, adding that sadly his friend passed away at the age of 24.

    “When you are struggling with what is going on in your head, having someone tell you they are going through the same thing, that someone had my back, that was a gamechanger,” Mr. Tessitore said.

    It was Mr. Kelly who inspired Mr. Tessitore to start the JCK Foundation, named after his good friend. Mr. Tessitore said he wants the organization to be what Mr. Kelly was for him — a strong supporter.

    Since its founding the JCK Foundation has worked with 2,500 students in 15 schools in the region. The goal is to connect students to resources and start conversations about mental health issues.

    When asked what mental health meant to them, students were willing to share.

    “It’s anything having to do with your mental wellbeing,” student Dana Grosvenor said. “It has something to do with your overarching outlook.”

    When students were asked how they take care of their own mental wellbeing, several said through listening to music, exercising, talking with friends or spending time outdoors. One student said she created limits for herself on how long she could feel stressed about something. Others said that therapy had been very beneficial.

    Mr. Tessitore also shared a list of resources with students if they felt they needed additional assistance.

    The Virtual Day of Well Being was just a first of a series the school is doing, and plans are in place for additional workshops to take place later in the school year.

    “I am here for you. Hamilton is here for you,” Mr. Tessitore assured.

     

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  • Family partnership meeting provides update for community

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 11/30/2020 8:30:00 AM

    In a school year like no other, faculty, staff and families are having to make adjustments on a regular basis due to the disruptive pandemic. The school district has continued its efforts to keep families well informed. On Nov. 19, the principals at Carl L. Dixson Elementary School and Alice E. Grady School hosted a virtual Principal/Family Partnership meeting as a way to check in with their families.

    “This came about to just make sure we are communicating as a community,” Dixson Principal Jeffrey Olender said. He added that the COVID-19 situation has families relying on extended family members to navigate their children’s schooling, and these types of meetings can help everyone stay in the loop.

    “We want to make sure we hear and address concerns,” Mr. Olender said. “We are certainly willing to have these conversations tomorrow and beyond as we move forward.”

    The meeting came on a day when Dixson decided to go all remote until after Thanksgiving break due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

    “Safety is a priority,” Mr. Olender said. He encouraged participants in the virtual meeting to remain vigilant with their safety protocols, including filling out the attestation form before their child arrives at school.

    Dr. Hamilton noted that principals and teachers understand how student and teacher engagement has changed recently. To that end, both schools will continue to use the standards-based report card for the time being.

    “We are looking at these standards and really extending grace. We thank you for extending the same grace to our teachers,” Dr. Hamilton said.

    Report cards will indicate a C, for consistently; M for most of the time; S for some of the time; and N for needs improvement.

    The meeting was also an opportunity for the principals to share results from the parent survey.

    Results indicated several things that families thought were working well. They expressed appreciation for teachers and support staff, communication, the learning models, and both synchronous and live instruction. Among the thing’s parents felt were not working as well were asynchronous learning, technology glitches, too much screen time and a high stress level for students.

    Parents said they wanted more in-person learning, but keeping virtual learning as an option; more synchronous learning; technology support for parents; and the ability to blur backgrounds in Google Meet.

    While not directly part of the survey, Dr. Hamilton did assure parents that their children’s social and emotional health were priorities, and the district will be reaching out to students to check in on them.

    Going forward, Mr. Olender said, the district is working on increasing live, or synchronous, learning, including enabling students to log in to their classrooms on their off-cohort days. Schools are also planning small-group instruction. And specials will remain primarily live. These changes are scheduled to be put in place on Dec. 14.

     “All initiatives are subject to change pending local, state and district developments,” Mr. Olender reminded everyone.

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  • A message from the Union Free School District

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 11/10/2020 3:50:00 PM

    Greetings EUFSD family,

     

    A short time ago we were informed that an individual at Alice E. Grady School tested positive for COVID-19. The person was last in our Grady School on Friday, October 23, 2020. The individual is currently in quarantine and we hope they are feeling better soon.  In an effort  to respect their privacy, information about their identity cannot be released. 

     

    The District notified the Westchester County Department of Health, who is responsible for contact tracing. However, since the individual had not been in our schools for several weeks, we have been advised that no further action is necessary at this time. Although the district is closed tomorrow in observance of Veteran’s Day, all of our schools are scheduled to open on Thursday, November 12th. 

     

    I write to you to share this information in the event that you see the positive case reported on our COVID-19 tracking report.

     

    I wish you well and have a great evening!

     

    Yours truly,

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco

    Superintendent of Schools

     


    Saludos familia de EUFSD,

     

    Hace poco tiempo se nos informó que una persona de la escuela Alice E. Grady dio positivo por COVID-19. La persona estuvo por última vez en nuestra Escuela Grady el viernes 23 de octubre de 2020. La persona se encuentra actualmente en cuarentena y esperamos que se sienta mejor pronto. En un esfuerzo por respetar su privacidad, no se puede divulgar información sobre su identidad.

     

    El Distrito notificó al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Westchester, quien es responsable del rastreo de contactos. Sin embargo, dado que la persona no había estado en nuestras escuelas durante varias semanas, no es necesario realizar ninguna otra acción en este momento. Aunque el distrito está cerrado mañana en observancia del Día de los Veteranos, todas las escuelas están programadas para abrir el jueves, 12 de noviembre. Le escribo para compartir esta información en caso de que vea el caso positivo informado en nuestro informe de seguimiento de COVID-19.

     

    ¡Les deseo lo mejor y que tengan una buena tarde!

     

    Atentamente,

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendente de la escuel

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  • Family Engagement Night focused on important educational topics: assessment and sleep

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 11/10/2020 10:40:00 AM

    Families from throughout the district gathered around their computers on Nov. 4 for a virtual Family Engagement Night with two presentations: one on student assessment and the other on the importance of sleep. 

    Angelo Gitto, a representative from Curriculum Associates and iReady, shared with parents what the iReady assessment is, how it is taken and how teachers use the information gleaned.

    Students use a computer to take the assessment test, which is considered “adaptive diagnostics.” That means children are expected to get 50% of the answers incorrect. Students will answer a question appropriate for their grade level. If they answer correctly, the next question will be more difficult.

    Tests are administered three times a year in grades K-12, focusing on reading and math.

    “The data is instant,” Ms. Gitto said. “The teachers get the data once the child is finished taking the test.”

    The data includes what grade level the child is performing on and how he or she measures against state standards. The results also group students together who may need similar support, allowing their teacher to work with them. Teachers can also look into individual student information.

    Once a test is completed, iReady will generate materials and resources teachers can share with their students. This is especially helpful, Ms. Gitto said, as parents and teachers are concerned about the learning loss some students may have experienced when their classes were suddenly forced to go online last spring.

    “It identifies any unfinished learning and provides teachers with a path,” Ms. Gitto said. “Teachers can see what kids need to be successful in the next grade level. This has been huge. It gives educators the ability to pivot on the spot.”

    Students in the Elmsford Union Free School District are currently in a hybrid learning model due to the pandemic, having in-person classes two days a week and working from home on the others.

    While it may be tempting for parents and guardians to sit and assist their children while they take the test, Ms. Gitto stressed the necessity for them to let their children manage the test on their own.

    She assured families that iReady will walk their children through the steps to log in, and then it will be up to them to work through the questions.

    What parents/guardians can do is create a quiet, safe place for students to take the test. They can encourage their children to do their best but understand that they might get some questions incorrect. They may even allow them to take breaks when needed. The tests are expected to take students about 45 minutes.

    During the question-and-answer portion, Ms. Gitto noted that the test is completely adaptive to students and uses different types of questions. Students also have access to any resources they may need, such as calculators.

    While a correct answer may result in the next question being more advanced, there is a cap and no question will go more than 2-3 grade levels above the student being tested.

    “iReady is a tool used throughout the district. Teachers find it invaluable, but it is not the only tool used,” Jeffrey Olender, Principal at the Carl L. Dixson Primary School said.

    The second presentation of the evening focused on how lack of sleep is a detriment to students.

    Alexa Mennuti, the student assistance counselor at Alexander Hamilton High School, shared a presentation she had given earlier in the year and was asked to share once more by popular demand.

    The importance of sleep has taken on a new role, due to the pandemic and the disruption in school schedules or other areas of our lives dating back to the spring. “Anxiety and stress are keeping us up at night,” she said.

    Changes in routine, lack of physical activity, news shared through social media and living in spaces during the pandemic that normally are reserved for sleep are some causes of anxiety.

    As students have been doing more or all of their schoolwork at home, their sleep schedules may have changed, Ms. Mennuti said. They may go to bed later or sleep in, a pattern that can disrupt both NREM or non-Rapid Eye Movement sleep, which typically happens between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. and is necessary for things like restoring tissue and strengthening the immune system. REM, or Rapid Eye Movement, is sleep that is important for emotional regulation. It typically occurs between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. and can also be interrupted.

    “If you go to bed later, you miss the non-REM sleep and wake up feeling tired and groggy,” she said.

    Lack of sleep can cause us to have difficulty concentrating, which can impact schoolwork.

    Experts recommend children get between nine and 12 hours of sleep each night.

     “Less can lead to sleep deprivation,” Ms. Mennuti said. “The quality of sleep makes it so the brain can do its job and consolidate information.”

    The benefits of getting a good night’s sleep are many. It can help with muscle growth, repair tissue and more. A lack of sleep, on the other hand, can lead to coordination problems, impaired immune function, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

    It can also impact a person’s emotional health. Anxiety and depression can result with less sleep and decision-making can be impaired.

     To counteract the negative effects, Ms. Mennuti shared several ideas to help parents help their children, and perhaps themselves, sleep better.

    Among them were to limit screens an hour before bed. The blue light emitted from the screen confuses the body into thinking it is daylight and the body does not fall into its natural rhythms. Establishing a going-to-bed routine can be beneficial — such as doing yoga, journaling or listening to calm music, and avoiding caffeine. Students should limit daytime naps to 20-45 minutes.

     “I think sleep is something that is a critical piece of the puzzle,” Mr. Olender said.

     

     

     

     

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  • Updates from the Superintendent, Nov. 4, 2020

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 11/4/2020 8:20:00 AM

    Custom Image   A Special Message From The Elmsford Union Free School District



    Greetings EUFSD family,

     
    I write to you today to communicate a few updates for this week:

     

    1. As a gentle reminder, we will be hosting a Mobile Food Pantry today, November 4th at 3:30PM in the AHHS parking lot. If you plan on attending, I recommend arriving early, as there may be a high demand for food during this challenging time. Please remain in your vehicles, as our volunteers will bring the food to you. Additionally, we ask that everyone wear a mask during the distribution.

    2. The district’s Board of Education meeting is scheduled to occur on November 4th at 7:00PM. It is anticipated that the Board will move into Executive Session and return by about 7:30PM. Keeping with the guidelines for social distancing and following Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.1, which was recently extended by Executive Order 202.72 our meeting will be held virtually via a Zoom webinar platform. The meeting will be recorded and the video will also be posted to our website. If you wish to view the live virtual session, we will post the link on our website prior to the meeting. If you have any questions that you would like addressed by the Board, please email your question to the district clerk - questions@eufsd.org

    3. As we approach the end of the first making period, our district wide planning team will reexamine our reopening plan this week. The goal for the team will be to highlight the strengths of the plan, given the COVID-19 challenges, as well as make recommendations for improvements. I will continue to communicate updates as we make progress.

    Have a wonderful day!
     

    Yours truly,

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendent of Schools


    Saludos familia de EUFSD,

     
    Te escribo hoy para comunicarle algunas actualizaciones de esta semana:

     

    1. Como recordatorio amable, tendremos una despensa móvil de alimentos hoy, el 4 de noviembre a las 3:30 p.m. en el estacionamiento de AHHS. Si planea asistir, le recomiendo llegar temprano, ya que puede haber una gran demanda de alimentos durante este tiempo desafiante. Por favor permanezcan en sus vehículos, ya que nuestros voluntarios le traerán la comida. Además, pedimos que todos usen una máscara durante la distribución.

    2. La reunión de la Junta de Educación del distrito está programada para el 4 de noviembre a las 7:00 p.m. Se anticipa que la Junta pasará a la Sesión Ejecutiva y regresará alrededor de las 7:30 p.m. Manteniendo las pautas para el distanciamiento social y siguiendo la Orden Ejecutiva 202.1 del Gobernador Cuomo, que fue recientemente prorrogada por  Executive Order 202.72 nuestra reunión se llevará a cabo virtualmente a través de una plataforma Zoom.  La reunión se grabará y el video también se publicará en nuestro sitio web. Si desea ver la sesión virtual en vivo, publicaremos el enlace en nuestro sitio web antes de la reunión. Si tiene alguna pregunta que le gustaría que la Junta le respondiera, envíe su pregunta por correo electrónico a la secretaria del distrito - questions@eufsd.org.

    3. A medida que nos acercamos al final del primer período de calificaciones, nuestro equipo de planificación de todo el distrito volverá a examinar nuestro plan de reapertura esta semana. El objetivo del equipo será resaltar las fortalezas del plan, dados los desafíos de COVID-19, así como hacer recomendaciones para mejoras. Continuaré comunicando actualizaciones a medida que avancemos.

     

    ¡Ten una tarde maravillosa!

     

    Atentamente,

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    superintendente de escuelas

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  • Annual Halloween parade goes on, with a twist

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 10/30/2020 10:30:00 AM

    Since students could not come to the annual Halloween Parade due to the pandemic, the parade came to them! On Oct. 28, during an all remote day of school, students took a few minutes to step outside of their homes to watch as teachers and administrators from the Carl L. Dixson Primary School and the Alice E. Grady Elementary School drove through area neighborhoods escorted by the Elmsford Police Department. Kids in Halloween costumes wave at the parade

     Music, car horns and lots of waves were all part of the fun, as were spooky decorations. One car had a Snoopy theme, another opted for butterflies and there were lots of scary spiders too.

    Not to be outdone, the annual Pumpkin Patch was held at Dixson. Pumpkins, donated by the Police Benevelent Association, had seemingly sprouted on the school’s lawn overnight. Students were welcome to stop by the school to select a pumpkin to bring home to decorate.

    Click here to see photos of all the Halloween fun!

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  • Virtual Regeneron visit to Grady shows the fun of science

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 10/29/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Although science was the focus of the day, one third-grade student had an emotional conclusion rather than a scientific one: “I have never met a scientist,” she said. “This is like the craziest day of my life. I loved it!” 

    Her enthusiasm was inspired by the “Regeneron Day for Doing Good,” which took place on Oct. 23. Regeneron is a biotechnology company based in Tarrytown that makes pharmaceuticals. Several Regeneron employees hosted a meeting with students from Alice E. Grady Elementary School. During each virtual session, Regeneron staff members conducted scientific experiments, showing not only how fun and cool science can be but also sharing how the Regeneron employees became scientists. 

    The Regeneron Day of Doing Good is the company’s global day of service. Last year, the pharmaceutical company contributed more than 16,000 volunteer hours to 155 organizations. 

    “We wanted to say thank you so much,” Principal Andrea Hamilton said to the school’s virtual Regeneron guests. “Our kids are really excited. It’s the highlight of the week. We’ve been looking forward to this.” 

    Garima Chopra, a cancer researcher at Regeneron, said that science had always been interesting to her. Not only did she like to participate in STEM activities as a child, but she was also fascinated by insects. 

    Her colleague Stacey Mills, who works in software, said that her interest in science began with a chemistry set she had as a child. 

    “At Regeneron, we try to find out how medications make people feel better,” said Dimittri Delevry, a fellow Regeneron employee. “I feel the work we do help people all across the world, even though we don’t know each other.” 

    One experiment showed students a series of common objects at a very close range. Students were asked to guess what they were looking at. A close up look at bubbles

    A piece of glass, a rug and an orange or mango were all guesses that students made as different images were shown on their computer screens. The item that student thought looked like glass was actually soap bubbles. The bright orange item thought to be an orange or mango was actually a carrot slice and the item that students thought was a rug, turned out to be a close-up image of pages in a book.  

     “I was convinced it was a carpet,” fourth-grade teacher Anthony Carolini said when he saw the book’s pages. 

    “Wow – just wow,” one student said when they were told the image they were seeing was actually a close-up of toothbrush bristles. 

    Students were asked why scientists might take very close look at things. “Because it’s cool,” one student answered. 

    Ms. Chopra explained that scientists have to sometimes zoom in for a better look. At other times, she added, they need to zoom out. It is all about getting a different perspective on things. 

    In another session, students were introduced to polymers – or “low-density polyethylenes.” These are “light-weight, durable, flexible and can serve as moisture barriers,” Ms. Mills told the students.

    A very close up look at a wooden pencil “We want you to all think like a scientist,” Ms. Mills said before showing her experiment — pushing a pencil through a Ziploc bag filled with water. “What do you think might happen? What is your hypothesis?”  

    One student said: “I think the plastic bag will rip.” Another said: “I think it will stay together.” 

    There was no leak once Ms. Mills had pushed the pencil through both sides of the bag. 

    Due to the flexibility of the polymers that make up the plastic bag, they were able to make room for the pencil and cover over the hole produced. That is why the bag did not leak, Ms. Mills explained. 

    Scientist Matthew Fury stuck with the polymer theme in his experiment. 

    “The thing to think about is ‘what are plastics?’” he said. “They are chains of chemicals, like links that we cannot see. I am going to prove that there are polymer-like substances in milk.” 

    To do that, Mr. Fury poured vinegar into some heated milk, which immediately caused the milk to curdle. The “curds” turned out to be polymers. He was able to mold the curds into different shapes.

    “It looked like the milk turned rotten,” one student observed. 

    “That’s why I switched over to almond milk,” another student said. 

     

     

     

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  • Superintendent's COVID-19 Update, Oct. 28, 2020

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 10/28/2020 7:20:00 PM

    Greetings EUFSD family,

     

    A short time ago we were informed that an individual at Carl L. Dixson Primary School tested positive for COVID-19. The person was last in our Dixson School on Friday, October 23, 2020. The individual is currently in quarantine and we hope they are feeling better soon.  In an effort  to respect their privacy, information about their identity cannot be released. 

     

    As a result of the need for contact tracing and out of an abundance of caution, Carl L. Dixson Primary School building will be closed tomorrow, October 29th and Friday, October 30th with students and staff working on a virtual platform from home. Additional information regarding the Dixson reopening will be communicated once we have further guidance from the Department of Health and our medical advisors. 

     

    We are working with the Westchester County Department of Health and our District physician to identify any students or staff members who may have been in contact with this individual. Through the contact tracing process, anyone determined to have direct exposure to the individual will be contacted separately by a school staff member.  If you do not receive a call from our staff, it is because your child did not meet the criteria from the Westchester County Department of Health as being a contact.  

     

    If someone was exposed to this individual, they will also be guided by the Department of Health for testing and quarantine requirements.  Any students and staff members who were identified as being in direct contact with the person will receive a call from a New York State Department of Health Contact Tracer. The calls generally come from  the NYS Contact Tracing and may display a phone number with a (518) area code. Any information shared as part of the contact tracing will remain confidential.  

     

    The safety of our students and staff is always our highest priority and we will conduct a full cleaning of the Dixson building, as well as receive guidance from our medical advisors before reopening the school building for in-person learning. While this is concerning news, please know that we will take all precautions necessary and we will work through this challenge together. 

     

    As always, I thank you for your understanding and partnership.

     

    Yours truly,

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendent of Schools

     


    Saludos familia de EUFSD,

     

    Hace poco tiempo se nos informó que una persona de la escuela primaria Carl L. Dixson dio positivo por COVID-19. La persona estuvo por última vez en nuestra escuela Dixson el viernes 23 de octubre de 2020. La persona se encuentra actualmente en cuarentena y esperamos que se sienta mejor pronto. En un esfuerzo por respetar su privacidad, no se puede divulgar información sobre su identidad.

     

    Como resultado de la necesidad de rastrear contactos y por precaución, el edificio de la escuela primaria Carl L. Dixson estará cerrado mañana, 29 de octubre y viernes 30 de octubre, y los estudiantes y el personal trabajarán en una plataforma virtual desde casa.  Se comunicará información adicional sobre la reapertura de Dixson una vez que tengamos más orientación del Departamento de Salud y nuestros asesores médicos.

     

    Estamos trabajando con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Westchester y nuestro médico del Distrito para identificar a los estudiantes o miembros del personal que puedan haber estado en contacto con esta persona. A través del proceso de rastreo de contactos, cualquier miembro del personal de la escuela se comunicará por separado con cualquier persona que se determine que tiene exposición directa a la persona. Si no recibe una llamada de nuestro personal, es porque su hijo no cumplió con los criterios del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Westchester como contacto.

     

    Si alguien estuvo expuesto a esta persona, también será guiado por el Departamento de Salud para las pruebas y los requisitos de cuarentena. Cualquier estudiante y miembro del personal que haya sido identificado como en contacto directo con la persona recibirá una llamada de un Trazador de Contactos del Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York. Las llamadas generalmente provienen del seguimiento de contactos del estado de Nueva York y pueden mostrar un número de teléfono con un código de área (518). Cualquier información compartida como parte del rastreo de contactos permanecerá confidencial.

     

    La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal es siempre nuestra máxima prioridad y realizaremos una limpieza completa del edificio Dixson, así como también recibiremos orientación de nuestros asesores médicos antes de reabrir el edificio escolar para el aprendizaje en persona. Mientras esto es una noticia preocupante, tenga en cuenta que tomaremos todas las precauciones necesarias y trabajaremos juntos en este desafío.

     

    Como siempre, les agradezco su comprensión y colaboración.

     

    Atentamente,

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendente de escuelas

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