February 18, 2022
Hello North Rockland Families,
This week we reached a milestone in the 2021-22 school year, we celebrated the 100th day of school NR Strong and NR Together!
The occasion reminded us of the 100 days of fun, learning and events we've shared. This milestone also officially marked 100 days that our buildings have been open for in-person instruction! It's the first time since the pandemic began that we have been able to do so. This would not have been possible without the constant support and dedication of our staff members and school community. Also a special shout out to the Kindness Club!
As a reminder, all schools are closed next week for Mid-Winter Recess. Students and staff will resume instruction on Monday, February 28th.
I hope everyone takes the time next week to relax, decompress and spend quality time with family and friends. Spring is closer than ever, and just because it’s still winter doesn’t mean kids have to spend their school break cooped up inside. I encourage everyone to unplug, take a walk, hike, ride your bike, visit local sites or venture to the local library. There is so much history in our hometown to explore. Even if you have no plans to travel, there are plenty of activities for kids and families to enjoy together during this week-long respite from the alarm clock and classwork.
While the mask mandate remains in effect in all NYS schools, we remain hopeful that it will soon be reevaluated or perhaps retracted. More information and answers to community FAQ's on the mandate can be found under Important Information.
Mask Mandate FAQ's
Who is responsible for the current mask mandate in schools?
- The current mandate for all NYS schools is a directive from the Governor and Gov. Kathy Hochul has advised school districts that state officials would revisit the school mask mandate in early March after students return from midwinter break, and officials have an opportunity to analyze case numbers in schools and distribute test kits to students.
If the mandate is lifted will NRCSD still require them?
- No, at that time masking will be optional for all students and staff in school buildings. The District will follow a similar policy to our 2021 summer programs when face coverings were not mandated.
When do we anticipate the mandate to be lifted?
- While we are not certain at this time, there has been some indication it could be lifted shortly after the February break. Gov. Kathy Hochul has advised school districts that state officials would revisit the school mask mandate in early March after students return from midwinter break, and officials have an opportunity to analyze case numbers in schools and distribute test kits to students.
Why hasn't the District defied the mask mandate?
- If NYS schools do not follow the requirement set forth by the State and State Education Department it could affect the district's state aid and sanctions could be imposed to districts in violation. The Superintendent and Board of Education could be removed from office. Please see letter from commissioner Betty Rosa linked here which was sent to a District considering violating the mask mandate.
What should parents and community members who feel strongly about the mandate do?
- It's important that we avoid acts that would paint our wonderful and strong District in a bad light and hinder our goal of providing educational excellence for all students.
- Linked here is an example of what could happen when a community is divided.
You can let your voice be heard by sending letters to elected officials.
Senator James Skoufis
55 West Railroad AveBuilding 24, Suite A2
Garnerville, NY 10923
The Honorable Kathy Hochul
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Betty Rosas Commissioner of Education
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
You can view a recent Board of Education meeting in which Dr. Felicello discusses the mask mandate. Click here and fast forward to approximately one hour and four minutes.
Lunch Time Procedures Update
NRCSD Budget Information - Updated
The Board of Education and Administration, District and Superintendent have a shared goal to provide our students with an exemplary experience while controlling taxes for our community. We understand the fiscal challenges that living in Rockland County pose which is why they are collaboratively working to control taxes for the third consecutive year. The latest 2022-23 school budget presentation can be found linked here.
As always, our budget fully supports the curriculum, instruction, and professional development that addresses the needs of all learners. Our budget also includes the expanded use of certain “green technologies” and facility improvements to enhance our learning and working environments while achieving real cost savings. The District is planning and analyzing the best approach to utilize COVID and Capitol funds to upgrade facilities and opportunities for students.
NRHS Extension - Class of 2022 Graduation
Congratulations to our graduates: Tyara Alvarado, Genesis Benjamin, Sheyla Clemente, Derek Gutierrez, Jomar Jimenez, Horace Mcneil, Alexis Moya, Jeisy Olavierra, Andeny Matos, Peralta Andry, Capellan Peralta, Jessica Peters, Yoneiry Rodriguez, Michael Salters
Special thanks to local NR businesses Lynch's Restaurant and RSVP Event Decor and Planning for making the day so special for our Red Raiders!
Celebrating 100 days, 100 ways! 🎉🥳🎉🐾
This week was the 100th day of school in NRCSD! NR Together and NR Strong we rocked out, dressed up and celebrated the giant milestone. This 100th day is extra special because it marks 100 days of in-person learning in our school buildings as well. So our hallways and rooms were all transformed for the occasion.
Through fun filled activities we reinforced the reading, writing, and, most importantly, math skills we have learned and put them to good use! We posed with signs, balloons and friends, counted to 100 as many times as we could, collected 100 of some of our favorite things, guesstimated which mystery jars contained 100 items, followed floor hallway markers that added up to 100 in intervals of 5 and 10, played 100 themed games and made t-shirts, crowns and banners to rock out with!
These first 100 days in North Rockland have been unforgettable and we can't wait to see what we will learn during the next 80. We're all super motivated to make each one count! More photos.
FMS Prinicpal's Roll
171 middle schoolers from the 7th grade and 143 from 8th grade were honored yesterday and today during Fieldstone's Principal's Roll ceremonies!
Aside from being recognized for their academic achievements with their families, teachers and principals in attendance, our students were reminded of what an incredible accomplishment earning Principal's roll really is! Even at the secondary level, the award looks good on college and university applications and helps raise Raiders confidence in their school work and abilities.
"The Principal's Roll honor is one of the most important awards to get." explained FMS Assistant Principal Ed Garcia. "To have so many of you achieve this goal while you are in school is outstanding, you should all feel very proud of your accomplishment! And I challenge you and your peers to double our numbers for the next ceremony!"
After the NR chorus and color guard opened the event, each honoree received a special award certificate, panther magnet, and photo op against the FMS Pride back drop. It was wonderful celebrating our student successes NR Together and NR Strong! Congratulations! More photos linked here.
Girls and Boys Bowling Earn Section 1 Championship Titles
NRCSD Boys Bowling team are the Section 1 Champions!
North Rockland rallied in the final two games to edge John Jay-East Fishkill and capture a second straight Section 1 bowling championship yesterday. The Red Raiders toppled 6,448 pins — 48 more than the Patriots — and earned a trip to the state tournament March 13 at Strike N Spare Lanes in Syracuse!
Read more about the exciting night linked here.
Introducing (for the 17th straight year) the Section 1 Girls Bowling Champions!
Led by Coach Joan Nelson, the Red Raiders took home the large-school championship yesterday! Victoria Varano rolled a tournament-best 1,444 series in six games, leading North Rockland to our 17th consecutive Section 1 girls bowling championship. The team totaled 6,012 pins at Fishkill Bowl and blew away the competition! Congratulations!!!
The girls, who won a state championship in 2019, will have a chance to defend their title March 13 at Strike N Spare Lanes in Syracuse.
Read more about the exciting night linked here.
Red Raiders Finish Undefeated!
NRCSD Boys Varsity Basketball Team finishes UNDEFEATED!
For the first time in NR history the boys basketball has finished the season undefeated 20-0! The Boys and Girls Basketball teams have both won the league championship! They advance on to Section Tournament on Feb 19. Let's go RED AND WHITE!
- NR Hockey vs Mt. Pleasant at Westchester skate center - Friday Feb. 18 at 8pm
- NR Boys Basketball vs Spring Valley- Home at NRHS Annex Gym - Saturday Feb. 19 at 12 noon
- NR Girls Basketball at John Jay East Fishkill - Tuesday Feb. 22 at 5pm
- Track and Field- State qualifier at the Armory - Sunday Feb. 20 at 9am
Spring Sports Registration
The spring sports for North Rockland High School will begin Monday March 14, 2022. Online registration opened Monday February 14, 2022. Student-athletes should register online and check in with a nurse.
***NRHS student-athletes who need a physical can receive one, free of charge, at Urgent Care
in West Haverstraw.
Click here for NR Online Registration
NR Athletics Store
The NR Athletics Department wanted to offer everyone access to purchase our Athletics apparel and support our Red Raiders. The Athletics Department is proud to provide a unique online store that offers a variety of athletic apparel, with a portion of the proceeds of each sale going towards funding programs, equipment, and more for athletes. Even shipping is available, so please check it out. We appreciate you helping us get the store off the ground.
NR Athletics Online Store link - NOW OPEN!!!
For more info on Athletics, visit the NR Athletics homepage linked here.
Be sure to follow our Twitter @NRockathletics for all the latest sports action!
LocalLiveWant to watch remotely? No problem! The District has partnered with LocalLive, allowing most of our athletic contests to be live-streamed and recorded. Missed a game this week? Watch it on our LocalLive channel by clicking here.
NR Goes Green
NRCSD installed new recycling receptacles across our buildings this week to help our students and staff recycle better! This year the District has been working hard to collaboratively go green and keep our community clean. The addition of the new receptacles will result in more cans and bottle being recycled each day and less waste being landfilled.
It was a Raider Red Out!
The North Rockland Central School District went Red in honor of American Heart Month! NR Together, students, teachers, administrators and staff across our buildings, schools and Remote Academy donned their Raider Red for the American Heart Association's, Go Red for Women campaign. We raised Heart Health awareness and action to help save more lives NR Strong!
We are all so busy in our everyday lives taking care of our family, friends and responsibilities, sometimes we forget to take care of our selves. Caring for your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical activity is the secret weapon to preventing heart disease. So make sure you check in regularly and make time for you!
NRCSD Universal Pre-Kindergarten & Full-Day Pre-K Program Application Notice
In recent weeks there have been several changes to the guidance, protocols, and mandates regarding the management of COVID. NR has implemented the following updated guidance for our schools.
Quarantine is for individuals who have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus through close contact with someone who is infected, but has not tested positive for COVID-19 and does not have symptoms.
What has changed in regards to quarantines?
- The quarantine period has been reduced from ten days to five days.
- Students who we can not confirm had direct contact will not be required to quarantine; however, they will be notified that they may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID.
- Students who are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine unless they experience symptoms.
- Students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to quarantine for five days from their point of exposure if they do not experience symptoms. They should be sure to wear a well fitted mask in public spaces for five additional days from their quarantine.
This adjustment will primarily affect school transportation and unstructured locations such as lunch rooms. Under the previous requirements, any student who was suspected of being a direct contact were mandated to quarantine, causing many students to miss time at school even though they may not have been exposed.
North Rockland will notify parents if an individual on their child’s bus has tested positive. Those students will not be required to miss school if they remain symptom free. In these situations, we will ask parents to closely monitor their symptoms and avoid coming in contact with high risk folks.
Isolation is for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, even if they don't have symptoms.
How long must my child remain out of school if they are required to Isolate?
- Isolation ends after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation).
- After leaving your isolation, you must continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.
- Students may return to physical education and/or athletics after their isolation period ends with a doctor’s note. Students unable to obtain a doctor's note may return 10 days after isolation as long as they have not been treated with prescribed medication for COVID-19 or were admitted to the hospital.
It is North Rockland's philosophy to adjust our plan after information provided has been vetted. In the weeks to come, our COVID management strategy may change based on the information that is provided and what makes sense for our school community.
Free Test Kit Distribution Update
The District continues to be afforded an extensive supply of free Rapid Home Antigen test kits that the Rockland Department of Health (RCDOH), in cooperation with our partners at Rockland BOCES, has delivered to be distributed to all interested North Rockland families.
Requested test kits can be picked up with photos id at our testing site at 65 Chapel Street, Garnerville beginning again 2/28 on Mondays and Wednesdays 7am-10am and Thursdays from 2pm -5pm. You will see signs for COVID testing. Please pull up to that area and a security guard will assist you. Test kits will also be available at various District events.
***Please note these tests cannot be used as clearance to return to school or work if an individual is symptomatic. A student or staff member who was symptomatic can only return to school or work with a written report from a rapid antigen test, PCR test, or a doctor's note with an alternative diagnosis.
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On November 2, 2021, following the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization (EUA) on October 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s (ACIP’s) recommendation for children ages 5-11 to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is the first authorized vaccine permitted in this age group. All children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive a two-dose primary series of the pediatric formulation Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, effective immediately. Parents or guardians with questions about the vaccine are encouraged to talk to their child’s pediatrician or another trusted healthcare provider.
NYSDOH Pediatric Vaccine Guidance is linked here.
Upcoming Rockland County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics that will offer Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric doses for 5- to 11-year-olds.
To make an appointment at an RCDOH clinic, visit http://rcklnd.us/covid19. Appointments are strongly encouraged. You may walk into any clinic without an appointment, but you may need to wait. See the attached for more details.
To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the RCDOH Clinic, click here.
The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) is participating in New York State’s #VaxToSchool campaign! Starting October 19th, youth ages 12 to 17 will get a gift card with a first and/or second COVID-19 vaccine at a RCDOH COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Sun River has informed us that they are providing immunizations, COVID-19 vaccinations, physicals, and child health insurance assistance. All of these services are available for #NRCSD students and school community members. To make an appointment, please call (845) 659-2436 or visit https://www.sunriver.org/.
Free emotional-support service offered by NYS
**Visit the New York State Am I Eligible webpage or Vaccines.gov to find a vaccine near you. For questions, more information, or if you need assistance scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, call 845-238-1956 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
NR Weekly Positive Case Report
***NRCSD continues to work tirelessly to ensure that all health and safety protocols are working effectively. It is incumbent upon each and every one of us to make sure all safety protocols are followed at all times—in and out of school— so we can mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We must work together in partnership—schools, families, and students—and be mindful of the great responsibility we all have to protect ourselves and those around us. This virus can be present without any symptoms. That fact alone can lead to the unintentional infection of others.
School Meal Information
School Meal Sign up!
Red Raider Reminder
NR students who enroll in the free/reduced breakfast & lunch program qualify for college application fee waivers, free ACT and SAT exams and reduced AP exam registration fees! To qualify please complete the Free or Reduced Price Meal Application Form linked here as soon as possible.
Join the NRCSD Family!
Food Service Helpers
The North Rockland (Haverstraw-Stony Point) Central School District is seeking candidates for Food Service Helper positions at various school buildings for the 2021-2022 school year. The starting rate of pay is $14.00/hour. Apply here