The Roadrunner Report
February 28th, 2022
Read Across America Week
GCSD Presents: Tech Night
How can parents support their children and families with topics such as digital safety, balancing screen time, healthy digital habits, and other challenging issues with living in this digital age?
Explore strategies for families and students of all ages to support parenting in the digital age! Breakout sessions for parents of K-5 students, 6-8 students, and 9-12 students. Click here to register.
Important COVID-19 Update from our Superintendent
Dear Greece Central School District Families,
As we prepare to return from February break tomorrow, I wanted you to be aware of some important news. Governor Hochul today announced that as of Wednesday, March 2, masking in schools will no longer be required by the state. Therefore, beginning Wednesday, masking will be optional in Greece schools. The Governor’s Office is currently reviewing data regarding the mask mandate on school buses. We expect to hear more about that decision in the near future. Until that time, masks will continue to be required on school buses.
We understand that this news will bring relief to some and cause apprehension for others. Our goal during this transition is to create safe spaces for all students and staff members. KN95 masks are available in school main offices for those who want them and we will continue other mitigation strategies including:
- Hand sanitizing stations throughout schools and other district buildings
- The promotion of good of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette amongst staff and students
- Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces
- Increased ventilation in schools and on buses
- Periodic surveillance testing of students with prior authorization
As our district transitions to a mask-optional school environment, we’re asking parents to carefully consider their masking expectations and discuss them with their children. Providing the reasoning behind your decision and explaining why others may make a different choice promotes understanding and respect.
Teachers and school staff will work hard to ensure all children - masked or unmasked - are treated with dignity and respect. We will continue to follow our Code of Conduct and focus on what unites us rather than what divides us.
Our students have shown tremendous resilience throughout the pandemic. I appreciate your continued support and understanding.
Superintendent of Schools
Test to Stay Guidance Update
The New York State Department of Health has updated its Test to Stay guidance. Here is a summary of the changes:
- Staff and teachers are now eligible to participate in Test to Stay in addition to students.
- Students who are testing to stay may participate in extracurricular activities if these activities do not involve students from other schools.
- Anyone subject to quarantine (unvaccinated OR partially vaccinated OR not boosted but eligible to be boosted) may participate in Test to Stay.
- Students participating in Test to Stay may attend school-aged child care on-site of the school or in another location.
Arcadia High School Musical Theater Presents "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"
Greece Arcadia High School Musical Theater presents "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Show times are Friday, March 11th, and Saturday, March 12th at 7pm, and Sunday, March 13th at 2:00pm. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. This play is being performed at Arcadia High School, located at 120 Island Cottage Road.
Apply for Pre-Kindergarten in 2022-23
Parents of children who will be 4-years-old on or before Dec. 1, 2022 can apply for Greece Central’s pre-kindergarten program. Offered free of charge, half-day a.m. and p.m. pre-kindergarten sessions as well as full-day universal pre-kindergarten sessions are held five days a week in accordance with the school calendar. Click here for more information!
Register Now for 2022-23 Kindergarten
Parents of children who will be five years old on or before December 1, 2022 can register now to begin kindergarten in the fall by using the district’s online registration process or following the registration instructions provided by their school. Parents of eligible children will be mailed registration information by the beginning of February. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no designated group registration dates at the schools this year. If you have questions about the registration process, please call the school your child will attend.