Superintendent's Update, 10/29/20

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  • Board of Education Meeting

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place virtually, with ALL trustees participating via Zoom to Meeting. Under Governor Cuomo's Executive Order #202.1 "CONTINUING TEMPORARY SUSPENSION AND MODIFICATION OF LAWS RELATING TO THE DISASTER EMERGENCY" we will be hosting the meeting without permitting in-person public access to these meetings. Members of the public may view the meeting LIVE on Facebook and the district website at the prescribed start time. The meeting will also be recorded and available for playback on the district's Board Docs website. The Board of Education welcomes public comments at all public meetings. Due to this meeting's format, questions/comments must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Questions/comments for the Board of Education meeting may be forwarded to Questions and comments may also be provided by calling (914) 665-5235 (Please leave a message with your comments and questions). Your questions/comments MUST include your full name and contact information. Questions/Comments will be read into the record by the district clerk during the public comment portion of the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the District Clerk (914) 665-5235. You will be able to find the complete agenda for this meeting on Board Docs before the meeting. Meeting Agenda

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  • NYSPHSAA Section 1 adds track and boys swimming to delayed winter sports

    The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Section 1 announced that boys and girls indoor track and boys swimming, considered low risk sports, were officially moved to the start of next year. The Section 1 decision effectively pushes back all winter sports to a January 4th, 2021 start. Early last week the NYSPHSAA delayed the start of high risk winter sports – wrestling, cheerleading and boys and girls basketball – to January 4th.

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  • District Announces Dr. Jeanette Baubles as Director of Education (K-12)

    The Mount Vernon City School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeanette Baubles as the district’s Director of Education (K-12). Dr. Baubles was the Regional Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Shore Regional High School District in West Long Branch, New Jersey, from 2014 to 2020.

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  • Y’s Men Club of Westchester County donates coats to 138 homeless

    The Y’s Men Club of Westchester County, led by Mount Vernon City School District’s Director of Business & Treasurer, Shaji Zacharia, officially delivered to Vernon Plaza Family Shelter and WestHelp Shelter 138 new coats for homeless students in a small gathering of Y’s Men Club members, officials from the shelters, school district Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton and Board President Darcy Miller. The event at the Vernon Plaza shelter was held on Wednesday, November 18th.

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  • A few pre-K 4 program seats are still available

    The Mount Vernon City School District Universal Pre-K program has only a few spots remaining in its pre-kindergarten 4 program this school year. The program offers either virtual or in-person learning. The program is led by the district, which also provides devices and supplies. It is also free, meaning there is no financial burden on parents and guardians. The full-day program provides students with more instruction time, which gives them a greater opportunity for success in school. Students must be 4 years old by December 1, 2020 (no exceptions) and be residents of Mount Vernon.

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Superintendent's Message- Coronavirus Message

  • Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff,

    As we strive to make the best decisions for our students and families while maintaining safety and health for everyone during this unprecedented time, we have made the following adjustments and updates to our reopening plan.  

    Our plan focuses on bringing students back to school while maintaining social distancing and recommendations from the CDC and other governing health organizations.  Two key factors have prevented us from our original plan of a hybrid learning environment.  We have listened to parents and students and realized that instruction continuity with their current teacher is a high priority.  Transportation companies also have not been able to completely fulfill contractual obligations.  Other mitigating factors impact our plans and influence our decisions.   There have been sudden closures for many districts that have reopened due to COVID infection among students and staff.  Additionally, we are also seeing a trend of increased cases among children, according to the CDC.  

    Although our plans have changed, our goals have not.  We remain committed to keeping students, staff, and their families as safe as possible while trying to provide the best educational programs and supports given our current circumstances.  

    Our revised plans are as follows:  The district will continue its current remote learning approach for all students until the end of the first marking period, which ends on November 13, 2020.  This will ensure that your child has a consistent teacher and educational supports for the first cycle.   At the end of the first marking period we will begin to reopen in three phases in two week intervals.

    Phase 1:  November 16 (Pre K-3)

    Details: On November 16, for those who selected in-person instruction, we will open for students in grades PreK-3.  All other students, including those in grades Pre K-3 who chose the remote learning option, will continue in the remote program.  

    Phase 2:  November 30 (Grades 4-8)

    Details: On November 30, for those who selected in-person instruction, we will extend reopening to include Pre K-8.  All other students, including those in grades Pre K-3 and 4-8 who chose the remote learning option, will continue in their remote program.  

    Phase 3:  December 14, 2020 (Grades 9-12)

    Details:  On December 14, students who requested in-person schooling in grades 9-12 will be included in this phase.  Cohort A will attend school in person on Mondays, Tuesdays and alternating Wednesdays.  Cohort B will attend school in person on Thursdays, Fridays and alternating Wednesdays.  Cohorts will be established by the secondary schools as we prepare for this model.  The classroom teachers will teach both the in-person students and fully remote students at this time.  Minor adjustments to schedules may occur; however, for the most part, students will maintain the teacher they had for the first marking period.

    To create class sizes consistent with social distancing guidelines, you may not switch between in-person and remote learning after the start of any given marking period.   These plans reflect what we know and understand at this time.  Circumstances like state mandates and peaks in COVID infection along with influenza may dictate additional changes.  These factors are beyond our control, so we must remain as flexible as possible.  Of course, we will continue to update you as often as possible to keep you informed.  Lastly, devices continue to arrive, and distribution will continue until every student who requests a device receives one.  School principals will be contacting you to let you know when your child will be able to come to school to gather consumable materials by the end of next week.  

    Yours for the Sake of All Children,

    Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton

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