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Martha B. Day Weekly Update 4/1/2021
Kindergarten Registration - SPREAD THE WORD
If you have or know of a child who will be 5 on or before October 1, 2021 please register them for the fall now.
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BOTH COHORTS ATTEND SCHOOL STARTING APRIL 26
Cohort A and Cohort B will both return to MBD on April 26.
- School day remains 7:50-11:50
- Lunches will be sent home with each student daily
- Small-Group instruction and Specials will happen in the afternoons 1:15 - 2:25
Remote students will remain remote for the remainder of the year
"Bee" Mindful in Remote Learning with Ms. Faliveno
Ways to Have a Safer Spring Break 2021: How to Travel and Where to Go
Spring break is a welcome respite from work and school routines for families, but COVID-19 concerns still mean precautions are necessary when choosing how and where to travel as a family this year.
If you've been longing for a break from the endless winter weather and the work-from-home, hybrid, and virtual school, hamster wheel of the past 12 months, we feel you. It's been a long year and all parents and kids alike could use some sort of mental health break. But the question is: What kind of travel is reasonable for Spring Break 2021?
Unfortunately, we can't tell you quite yet that now is the time to hop on a plane and take off for far-flung vacation. William Li, M.D., physician and scientist, sums up what we heard from experts across the country: "According to the CDC, it is wise not to travel this spring break—the world is still in the middle of the pandemic, vaccination is still in the early stages, deadly variants are emerging, and we have proof that holiday gatherings and celebrations lead us directly to increased hospitalizations and more deaths."
We know, we're bummed, too. But all is not lost. We've put our heads together with travel pros and medical experts and found safe alternatives and off-the-beaten-path family friendly destinations so kids and parents can get a much needed break.
The Do's and Don'ts of Spring Break Travel 2021
First, however, before we share where you can go, it's best to talk about how to go. Dr. Seema Sarin, director of lifestyle medicine at EHE Health, offers some easy to follow "do's" and "don'ts" for safe and responsible travel:
- Don't travel to attend a party, festival, or large event.
- Don't travel to a crowded destination where it's difficult to maintain social distancing.
- Don't eat at restaurants with indoor seating.
- Don't take a bus, the train, or fly if at all possible.
On the other hand:
- Do drive. In short, our experts all say to stick to road trips, since your car is the safest way to travel.
- Do plan to bring groceries so that you can cook and eat at your rental house.
- Do book private accommodations at a ski resort for a ski or snowboard trip.
- Do plan a road trip and drive with only your household.
- Do go camping, hiking, and spend time outdoors in areas where it is easy to maintain social distancing.
- Do continue to follow all social distancing, masking, hand washing, and CDC outlined precautions.
- Do get the COVID 19 vaccine when it is available, and continue to follow all guidelines, even after being vaccinated.
"If you decide to travel, there are ways to lower your risk," says Dr. Li. "First, get a COVID test before you go so you know your health status before setting out. Test the whole family if everyone is going. Bring documentation of your test results with you. If there is any health incident while you are traveling, you'll have a record you were negative."
Bring extra masks, and wear them, adds Dr. Li. Recent guidelines suggest that wearing double masks can be much safer than wearing only one. While traveling, you'll want to have extras in case you lose or misplace your masks. Finally, try to plan to be outdoors as much as possible.
The Hive's Health Hints
Happy Spring Break!!
Just a reminder that anyone who travels outside of the NY, NJ, CT, PA, DE area will need quarantine for 14 days from the date of return. Our district is following the guidance of our local health department and they are recommending a quarantine of 14 days. You cannot test out of quarantine and no previous illness with COVID or vaccination will shorten the time.
We are doing our best to keep our students, staff and community healthy and safe. Thank you for all of your cooperation during this challenging time. Please contact kbarile@bloomingdaleschools with any questions.
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