Congratulations to our Mount Vernon Teachers Federation student scholarship winners!
We have been monitoring Covid-19 rates and Westchester County remains as a high-risk community level for Covid-19. Based on this information, we will be conducting PCR testing with our partner company, C19 Safety First for students and staff next week and the week after Memorial Day. As we have done in the past, this extra layer of mitigation will help us contain any possible spread of Covid that may occur.
Students will receive their PCR test kit from their school and teachers next Monday, May 23, 2022 (return specimen by Wednesday morning, May 25, 2022), and the following Tuesday, May 31, 2022 (return specimen by Thursday morning, June 2, 2022). Staff should follow their regular testing pick-up procedures. Students/Staff must have a consent form on file with the district. If you need to fill out a consent form, you can go to the main page of our website at www.mtvernoncsd.org and fill out a digital form or your school has their own paper copies that you can sign off on. There are also videos and support documents on how to take the PCR saliva test-tube test.
Additionally, the following key points should be noted for this testing process:
Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out to your building Principal. See below recommended but NOT mandated CDC suggestions based on our current status.
*From the CDC website: Recommended actions based on current level
Wear a mask indoors in public and on public transportation. Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider taking additional precautions.
Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy
Acting Superintendent of Schools
Click on the link below for saliva test instructions:
Click on the link below for instructions on how to take the COVID-19 saliva test.
If you haven't already done so, please scan the QR code below (or click on the link below the QR code) to complete a consent form so your child may be screened for COVID-19. To better control the virus, all students should be tested. The non-intrusive saliva test is simple to take at home and then dropped off at school. Results are confidential.
CONSENT FORM FOR COVID-19 SCREENING
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To learn more, click on the link below to download this presentation from Mount Sinai:
MOUNT SINAI COVID PRESENTATION
Staff and consultants of the Mount Vernon City School District, please scan the QR code below (or click on the link below the QR code) to complete a consent form so you may be screened for COVID-19 with PCR saliva testing.
The Mount Vernon City School District is hosting its Annual Tenure Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 7 at the Board of Education meeting at Graham School. The event will also be streamed on Facebook Live. Educators honored by receiving tenure this year are ...
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Special Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Monday, May 23, 2022, beginning at 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM. The purpose of the meeting is to meet with legal counsel. It is anticipated the Board will act on a resolution to adopt the revised budget. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the District Clerk (914) 665-5235. Members of the public may view the meeting LIVE on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MountVernonCitySchoolDistrict and the district website www.mtvernoncsd.org at the prescribed start time. The meeting will also be recorded and available for playback on the district's Board Docs website. You will be able to find the complete agenda for this meeting on Board Docs before the meeting. http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/mvcsd/Board.nsf/Public Meeting Agenda
Cheers filled the Phylicia Rashad Auditorium at Denzel Washington School of the Arts as students celebrated their schoolmates' achievements in an honors ceremony. Many seniors wore shirts with the names of the colleges and universities they will attend next year.
Students in the Theater Department of Denzel Washington School of the Arts got a special treat this week when actor and activist Malik Yoba visited the school to meet with them. The Bronx-born actor, whose numerous appearances on television shows and in movies include roles on Empire, First Wives Club and New York Undercover, visited on Thursday, Feb. 17, as part of the school’s Black History Month celebrations.
At Mount Vernon High School, Black History Month is the perfect opportunity for students in classes such as African American Studies to share what they’re learning with their schoolmates.
The Benjamin Turner Middle School family heard an inspirational quote by actress, producer and writer Issa Rae and were encouraged to learn about pioneering NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson when seventh grader Alex Campbell made the daily Black History Month announcements.
Dear Mt. Vernon Parents, Staff, and Community Members,
Our hearts are heavy as we relay this message. We continue to grieve with – and for – the family and friends of Kayla Green over the senseless events of last Friday afternoon. How can a celebration of our student-athlete achievements turn into a tragedy? Why has a vibrant and promising young life been lost to this?
The Mt. Vernon Board of Education will not accept that this is our reality. We will not accept violence among our students, in our schools, or in our community. We reject the casual acceptance of aggression and violence in our national culture. And as community leaders, we must live up to our responsibility to act decisively, lest we stand guilty of not prioritizing the safety and well-being of students, staff, and all who are a part of the school community.
First, and most important: we want answers as to what happened last Friday night. A wide-ranging criminal investigation has been under way by law enforcement, and we are fully cooperating in this effort. This includes an examination of all past documentation of DASA (Dignity for All Students) incidents of intimidation, harassment, or related behaviors among students, along with other inquiries.
Anecdotal reporting from those who were on site last week suggests that students from all three high schools were involved in student-on-student violence during the event. Parents and students, know this: it is critical that you confidentially come forward to share what you may have seen. The police and the district cannot address what needs attention without the cooperation and support of our community. If you have any details regarding this matter, please contact the Mount Vernon Police Department at 914.665.2500. We would also ask that you provide any such details to the district as well by contacting Dr. Waveline Bennett- Conroy at 914-665-5227.
Furthermore, and of the most immediate importance, all Mount Vernon City Schools will operate remotely on Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19 to provide our students and staff with the opportunity to process what has occurred and to ensure that our schools are prepared to appropriately respond to student and staff needs under the circumstances. In-person learning will resume on Wednesday, April 20th. Grief counselors will be available at every school building to speak with students and staff who are struggling to make sense of this tragedy. We will continue to implement our existing safety protocols in each of our buildings, which include the use of devices to detect whether students are in possession of any weapons in school. We will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure that there is a sufficient police presence in and around our schools.
We have also met with Mount Vernon City officials, Westchester County, and the State Department of Education to address our immediate needs. Additionally, our students, staff and families can avail themselves of the following:
School leaders have been charged to work with their staff to help students with their feelings and emotions during this challenging time. They will provide social-emotional support lessons during the school day and provide direction to individual counseling as needed.
Historically (and like most, if not all, school districts in NY), we have utilized important conflict resolution instruction and similar programming in our schools for many years. But more must be done. One of the challenges of district leadership in the near term will be to develop a much more robust and holistic approach to student safety, specifically at our three high schools. This approach would integrate conventional security measures, expanded mental health services, and more contemporary instructional approaches to conflict resolution that are specific to our needs. We anticipate this beginning with the next school year as an independent audit of our current approach, followed by the introduction of a new set of improved operating procedures and programming.
We must be driven– always– by respect, dignity, and care for one other. And we must have safety and peace to match the pride we have in our Mount Vernon community.
The Mount Vernon Board of Education
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