Covid-19 Pandemic Update: April 29, 2020

  • A message from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton:

    Good Morning,

    I Just wanted to keep you up to date. We don’t have any further guidance just yet about school reopening.

    However, it looks unlikely that MV will be opening again this school year based on what I am hearing from the state. However, that could change. I am anxious to be able to give you better clarity so that we can plan accordingly.

    We are currently planning a structure for summer school. We are also reviewing a possible virtual celebration for our graduates to try to honor them in some way since it seems unlikely we will be able able to host our traditional graduation ceremonies this school year.

    I want to continue to encourage you to please maintain social distancing. We are not out of this yet.

    Report cards will be available online as of Thursday, April 30, so please be on the lookout for that, and if you haven’t read our pandemic grading procedure, please go to the district website for more information.

    I will certainly update you more as soon as we get direction from the Governor’s Office, which I am hoping will come this week.

    Lastly, if you haven’t completed the Census, please do. The Mount Vernon return rate is very low. The Census is used to determine how valuable resources are allocated for the next 10 years. Be counted. Be heard and be safe!

Coronavirus Pandamic Update: April 16, 2020

  • I hope this message finds you well. Please be advised in compliance with the Governor’s most recent announcement schools will remain closed until May 15. Please do not get comfortable with the warmer weather and relax social distancing measures. This has proven to reduce the spread of the virus.

    I also want to share a special message with our 12th-grade students. The suspension of the Regents exam for this year has opened the windows for students whose graduation may have hinged on meeting this requirement. If you are only a few credits short of meeting graduation requirements, you may have a unique opportunity to make up those credits. Please email your principal or guidance counselor if you fall into that category

    Lastly, we have made some changes to give students greater flexibility during the pandemic.

    Please refer to our district webpage or consult with your building Principals and teachers regarding the grading procedures being used for the rest of the school year.

Coronavirus Information: April 6, 2020

  • In order to maintain social distancing, our laptop distribution takes place outside. We are anticipating inclement weather conditions this week so we have revised our loaner device schedule as follows.

    Thursday, April 9th, at Traphagen SCHOOL on 72 Lexington Avenue
    Edward Williams – 9 am-10 am
    Grimes – 10 am – 11 am
    Hamilton – 11am -12pm
    Graham – 12 pm – 1 pm
    MVHS – 11:30am – 1pm
    Friday, April 10th at HOLMES SCHOOL on 195 N. Columbus Avenue
    Lincoln – 12 pm – 10 am
    Parker – 10am -11am
    Pennington – 11am-12pm
    Rebecca Turner – 12pm – 1 pm

    If you are eligible for a loaner device, your school already has this list and will be contacted by a school official prior to their date with instructions regarding time, location, and proper identification to receive the device. We will update you with our remaining school distribution times by the end of this week. We do need to reiterate that these are loaner computers that are expected to be returned in order for us to maintain a high level of education in and out of schools for our students.

    Lastly, please be advised that Governor Cuomo has extended the mandatory school closure through April 29.

Coronavirus Pandemic Update: April 3, 2020

  • In these trying times, we realize there are many stressors that our families are dealing with. To help our families, we have created a place on our website where families may find resources to help them get through the pandemic. These resources include a list of school social workers and their contact information. They can provide you with assistance for issues that your children may be experiencing in the face of the pandemic.

    If you need assistance with rent, mortgage, con Ed, Stimulus Package, Food, or medication
    Please reach out to the building social worker from your child's school if you need to speak with them or for referrals for support or assistance beyond what they can provide.

    Additionally, we have compiled an important list of phone numbers and websites that you may find helpful as you navigate through this period.

    We are continuing our efforts to close the digital divide in Mount Vernon and ensure that our students have access to a computing device. We will be distributing loaner laptops to our PreK-8 buildings starting next week based on overall school need. The following schedule will be adhered to:

    Wednesday, April 8th, Edward Williams, Graham, Grimes and Hamilton Schools.
    Monday, April 13th, Parker, Rebecca Turner, Benjamin Turner, Lincoln, and Pennington Schools.
    Wednesday, April 15th, Columbus, Holmes, Traphagen and make up schools pending available supplies.

    Each family/student that will be loaned a device will be contacted by a school official prior to their date with instructions regarding time, location, and proper identification to receive the device. We do need to reiterate that these are loaner computers that are expected to be returned in order for us to maintain a high level of education in and out of schools for our students.

    Additionally, we have compiled a list of students from our parent liaisons, and school building leaders that are in need of traditional packets. These will be mailed to those identified house holds on Thursday, April 9th.

    Please be patient as this is a time-consuming process primarily due to repair parts that have not yet been received, updates to laptops, increased requests and the maintenance of safe social distancing practices in the workplace and distribution process.

Coronavirus Pandemic Update: March 31, 2020

  • Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff,

    We are working diligently to ensure that our students have access to a computing device during this unprecedented time. To that end, we will be distributing loaner laptops to our high school students in need tomorrow. Each family/student will be given a loaner device. You will be contacted by a school official prior to Wednesday with instructions regarding time, location, and proper identification to receive the device. Subsequently, we anticipate distributing additional loaner devices each Wednesday through the month of April per designated K-8 Schools.

    Please be patient as this is a time-consuming process primarily due to repair parts that have not yet been received, updates to laptops, increased requests and the maintenance of safe social distancing practices in the workplace and distribution process.

    Due to a limited number of devices being available at this time, our school leaders and staff are vetting and assessing the need for each request that is being made. We will designate pick-up dates, locations and times as we approach each distribution Wednesday. Thank you for your patience and cooperation in this matter. We do need to reiterate that these are loaner computers that are expected to be returned in order for us to maintain a high level of education in and out of schools for our students.

    Additionally, the Governor’s most recent Executive Order requires that schools must remain open during the spring recess and provide digital learning opportunities for our students, continue breakfast and lunch service and child care for essential workers. Our teachers are prepared to continue to provide this support during the previously planned recess in order to comply with this Executive Order. Our failure to do so will subject the district to a significant financial penalty.

    Lastly, please take the time to complete your census. The completion rate for MV is extremely low. The census provides the bases for considerable resources to the city. It is vital that you do your part.

    Yours for the Sake of All Children,


    Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton

Coronavirus Pandemic Update: March 27, 2020

  • I hope you are staying safe and following the guidelines recommended for social distancing. As you know the CDC is advising that there is a spike of cases expected in NY over the next few weeks. We have noticed that there is considerable traffic on our basketball courts.

    While I can appreciate that our students are seeking an outlet, it is impossible to respect a 6 ft distance while playing basketball.

    Consequently, we have removed all basketball hoops from our school playgrounds. We are preparing to distribute another round of laptops next week so please stay tuned for that information. Right now we have more needs than we do computers so we will prioritize our list by starting with our high school students and then working our way down by grade level.

    We believe through donations and other measures we will eventually get be able to get to everyone. Lastly, we have just been advised that the Governor has extended the school closure until April 15.

    Please continue to take full advantage of the digital learning platform. Our staff is doing an amazing job with uploading content. We are seeing that many students are going on late at night to complete assignments and that is perfectly fine. Students are being given credit for their attendance and participation for any anything done before midnight. Anything after midnight will he credited the following day.

Coronavirsu Pandemic Update: March 20, 2020

  • Late last night we received new guidance from the state regarding the list of essential workers who are eligible for child care services. This list now includes Nurses, PAs, LPNs, Lab Assistants, support staff for behavioral or developmental disabilities, child welfare workers, paramedics, firefighters, police officers, Correction officers, food manufactures, supermarket workers, commercial truck drivers.

    The list also includes construction and manufacturing workers as well as nonprofit, social service workers. If you fit into one of these categories and have a current ID with a check stub please come to Holmes School today for registration by 2 pm or call 914-358-2402.

    Also beginning Monday 3/23 we will add a 5th grab and go site at Grimes School. So our breakfast and lunch grab and go sites are Graham, Traphagen, Hamilton, BTMS, and Grimes from 9:00- 10:30. We are also working to get more devices to assist families in need so that all students will be able to participate in our digital learning platform. Information is forthcoming in this regard.

    Lastly, please begin to plan for a possible extension to the school closure. We will still honor our currently scheduled spring recess but it looks like we could be closed even longer. I will keep you posted as more information is provided.

    Our staff has done a great job of managing our digital learning for our students. Parents, please do your part. Make sure your child is logging in and participating in this robust educational alternative.

Coronavirus Pandemic Update: March 18, 2020

  • We are seeing students and teachers engaged via distance learning on a regular basis. Please remember that in order for distance learning to work, parents must ensure that students are taking advantage of this opportunity. Especially our graduating seniors. We are taking daily attendance based on student log in on Schoology. Students must get the necessary hours in order to meet graduation requirements. We do not know how long this closure will last. Right now we are planning to reopen on April 1 as per the Governor. While we are planning for April 1 there is a movement and some consensus that this could go even longer. You should begin to think about a long term plan in the event that this goes closure exceeds our current plan. There are many digital resources on the website for students and parents. And students can certainly continue their Supt Reading Challenge Commitment. The MVPL website also has a ton of resources on their website and you may get your library card through an online process. As a reminder breakfast and lunch is served daily at BTMS, Traphagen, Graham and Hamilton School from 9:00 -10:30. I will continue to keep you up to date to the best of my ability.

  • We will begin breakfast and lunch service tomorrow. This grab and go service will be at Hamilton, Traphagen, BTMS and Graham. Students will be given their breakfast and lunch at the same service from 9:00-10:30. E-Learning begins tomorrow as well. Please refer to the district home page for more information. If you have an urgent need during the closure you may call 914 665 5202 during regular business hours.

  • Come out to our Grab & Go Meals program, which starts on Tuesday, March 17th. While you are picking up your meal, take home valuable information about our e-Learning plan.

    Date:    3/   17/ 2020





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    121 So. 6th Avenue, 10550


    461 So. 6th Avenue, 10550


    72 Lexington Avenue, 10552



    20 Fairway, 10552


    195 No. Columbus Avenue, 10552

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    100 California Road, 10552


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    58 So. 10th Avenue, 10550


    455 N. High Street, 10550


    350 Gramatan Avenue, 10552


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    9 Union Lane, 10553


    170 East Lincoln Ave., 10552

    Meals will be given out Mon – Fri
    9:00am – 10:30am

    e-Learning Plan

    During our time off we will primarily be using a digital learning platform supplemented with a traditional approach through our consumable workbooks, textbooks and packets.  A new “Academic and Informational Web Page”  link will be connected to our website at

    The following internet providers have waived fees to will come to homes to install free wifi to families that do not currently have the internet available to them: 

    Comcast (855)-846-8376, Spanish speaking families (855) 765-6995, Spectrum (844)-488-8395, and Altice USA (866-200-9522).  All of our digital learning can be accessed with a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer.

    The following are baseline learning expectations by grade clusters.

    Pre K – A Letter was sent home to all students outlining expectations of 15 minutes a day of Waterford instruction along with Schoology and Class Dojo communication to students and parents.  A packet of work was sent home on Friday outlining 1 to 2 activities per day including parents reading to their children daily.

    K-2 – Kindergarten & Grade 1 should spend 15 minutes a day on Waterford.  K,1,2  students should spend 15-20 minutes a day on iReady Math and English.  Schoology Discovery Videos and assignments will be a baseline for all students.

    3-8 – 30 minutes a day on iReady Mathematics & English plus Schoology Discovery or comparable videos, discussions, and other learning activities.

    9-12 – Schoology Discovery Education or comparable Videos, discussions and other learning activities for each class a student has on his/her schedule.

    If students do not have access to the internet, they have assignments from their textbooks, workbooks and packets provided by teachers.  We are conducting a needs assessment through surveys and our parent liaisons reaching out to families.

    Additionally, teachers will be communicating with their students through video conferencing if needed ( or discussion room communications through Schoology or other open resources that will be made available as we continue our learning journey into the 21st Century.


    Students who do not have a device may retrieve one at the Education Center 165 N. Columbus Ave. at the loading dock from 10:00-2:00 or while supplies last. You must show proof of residency and student ID # .  

Coronavirus Information - Update March 12, 2020

  • Dear Parent/Guardian/Staff

    We are continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our surrounding communities.  So far, we have not been notified of any confirmed cases in Mount Vernon City School District.  We have several students and staff that have made a personal decision to self-quarantine out of an abundance of care.  That does not mean that these people are positive for the virus.  They may have had indirect contact with an infected person or simply showing signs of a typical cold or flu and exercising recommended precaution.

    We are cleaning and sanitizing buildings on a regular basis in an effort to control the spread of any germs.  We have cancelled events where large groups may gather and restricting opportunities where cross contamination could occur.  However, these sound measures will not completely impede the spread of this virus. For this reason we are asking you to please exercise extreme caution at all times.  For example: 

    1. If you are sick, stay home from school.
    2. Avoid close contact with those who are already sick.
    3. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
    4. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
    5. Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.

    Several parents have asked, “Why doesn’t the Superintendent close the schools?”  It’s not that simple at this juncture.  NYSDOH and NYSED clearly advise that the local health department will notify schools if and when to close because of COVID-19, as well as when a school can thereafter reopen. Schools are expected to make decisions regarding closing or canceling events due to COVID- 19 after receiving the appropriate guidance from the appropriate State and/or local agencies. School administrators should work in “close collaboration and coordination with the state and local health officials to close school and/or cancel large events.” 

    We are in the process of planning for distance learning opportunities in the event that we are faced with an outbreak and/or receive direction from the state that we must close for an extended period of time.   This will require that students have some means of accessing the internet to benefit from this e-learning approach.  If you do not have access to a device (computer, tablet, ipad, cell phone) or internet, please let us know by contacting your school’s Parent Liaison (see below) who will work with you to try to bridge this gap. 

    In the event of a long-term closing,  there is an alternate plan to continue learning with our students.  If a closing were to occur follow these steps:

    1. Go to
    2. Click on the Schoology Tab in the upper right banner
    3. All students are connected to specific content and classes (Go to Course for the drop down window)
    4. Teachers are expected to provide a video (Discovery Education) and discussion on a daily basis.  They may include additional lessons such as articles, assessments, iReady, etc.
    5. For some stand-alone classes that are not using Schoology, hard copy packets will be given to the students

    In order to provide additional training for teachers on this approach we will have a half day student schedule on Monday, March 16th and Wednesday, March 18th  for our staff to put this unique opportunity for digital learning in place.  



    Assigned Schools


    Cellphone #

    Galin, Tania

    Pennington School

    Rebecca Turner Elementary School


    Graham, Veronica

    Graham School

    Holmes School


    James, Rita

    Williams Elementary School

    Grimes School



    Jenkins, Jaquetta

    Parker School

    Traphagen School



    Lewack, Corrine

    Thornton High School

    Capstone Program


    McDowell, Aleisha

    Benjamin Turner Middle School

    MV STEAM Academy



    O’Connor, Sandra


    Lincoln School




    Sigourney, Maria

    Columbus School

    Hamilton School


    Superintendent’s have been advised the NYSDOH and NYSED that when a student or staff member attended school prior to being confirmed as a COVID-19 case, school district are required to implement an initial 24-hour closure, in order to allow the NYSDOH to begin an investigation to determine the contacts that the individual may have had within the school environment. That investigation will inform the plan which is to be determined by the local department of health as to whether any further closure is required, or whether any other necessary precautions must be taken for specific classrooms, and/or for specific individuals. Such a plan will also include recommend actions for future positive COVID-19 cases as well. 

    New information surfaces on a daily basis.  We will continue to monitor updates from appropriate agencies and share accurate information with you.  Rumors are rampant.  It is best to rely on my office, the district website, or the district Facebook page to ensure the  information received is timely and accurate.   Keep in mind that amidst this unprecedented occurrence, we must still respect individual’s rights to privacy and HIPPA laws.  Rest assured, if and when we get notified of a confirmed case, I will let you know a soon as possible.  Please understand that it benefits no one when pertinent information is withheld during this health crisis. Please be assured that any information shared with District officials will be maintained in the strictest of confidence in accordance with our legal obligations. We reaffirm our commitment to keep our students, staff and their families as safe as possible.  The best way to do that is through constant vigilance, communication and education. 

    I remain,

    Yours for the sake of ALL children,


    Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton
    Superintendent of Schools

Coronavirus Information - Update March 11, 2020

  • Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff,

    As you know, COVID-19 is constantly evolving. New information and protocols surface essentially on a daily basis. I will continue to do everything possible to keep you up to date and informed. As I learn more, you will also learn more.

    As of this moment, Mount Vernon has no confirmed cases. Various district staff have reported indirect contact and consequently have elected to self-quarantine. Indirect contact means that they have been in some proximity to an infected person or associated with someone who may have had contact with a confirmed case. In those instances, guidance from the Department of Health does not recommend that the District take any action. However, as we have worked to reduce possible exposure, we are looking at each situation on a case by case basis and making decisions accordingly. Our primary goal is to ensure that all students and staff remain safe.

    Consequently, we are postponing events and activities that may draw large crowds through April 30, 2020. If there is a COVID-19 case related to our district, we will be contacted by the state health department in conjunction with the local health department. Unless and until you hear directly from me of a confirmed case, you should assume that information is a rumor or speculation at best. Be assured, should we get a confirmed case, I will let you know immediately. The District Leadership Team is working very closely to manage this health crisis.

    Although there is considerable hysteria associated with COVID-19, the symptoms are very similar to the common cold or the flu. For that reason, it is imperative that students and staff with illness stay home to safeguard the health and well-being of others. Students who are sent to school and are symptomatic will be separated and a parent or guardian will be contacted to pick them up. The school district is neither equipped or trained to conduct COVID-19 testing. If you suspect you or your child has been exposed or display symptoms akin to COVID-19, you should contact your PCP (Primary Care Physician) immediately.

    I have instituted a district task force and they are working on developing an online learning opportunity for all students in the event of a massive, long-term closure. We are also working in collaboration with the Food Bank who will provide satellite food services for students and families in the event that we need to revert to that as a means to feed students a nutritious meal, if we are unable to do so during the school day.

    If you have a mobile device with access to the internet, you will be able to get firsthand information as we navigate this health crisis. If you do not have access by digital or electronic means, we will provide study packets in a hard-copy if necessary. Our best defense is education. You will find the district website a great place to receive the most recent communication on COVID-19.

    Yours for the Sake of All Children,


    Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton

Coronavirus Information -Update March 4, 2020 8PM

  • We have been advised by the physician of two of our students (same family, one at Columbus School and one at Rebecca Turner Elementary School) and their family have been quarantined for possible exposure to the Novel Coronavirus known as Novel 19.  We have been further advised by the children’s physician that the students have not shown any actual symptoms at this time. At this time no physician offices have the ability to test for COVID-19.  The test can only be done by New York State or the Centers for Disease Control.

    Out of an abundance of caution, the district has closed all school buildings and offices effective immediately and the schools will be completely cleaned and disinfected. It is anticipated that the buildings will reopen on Monday under a normal schedule, once the cleaning program is complete.

    Both students will not be attending school for at least the next two weeks.

    Please be assured the Mount Vernon City School District is coordinating its response efforts in concert with the City of Mount Vernon and New York State.

Coronavirus Information -Update March 4, 2020

  • March 4, 2020


    Dear Parents/Guardians/Students/Staff:


    We have been advised by the physician of two of our students (same family, one at Columbus School and one at Rebecca Turner) that the family has been quarantined for possible exposure to the Novel Coronavirus known as Novel 19.  We have been further advised by the children’s physician that the students have not shown any actual symptoms at this time. Both students will not be attending school for at least the next 2 weeks.  At this time no physician offices have the ability to test for COVID-19.  The test can only be done by NYS or CDC.


    Out of an abundance of caution, the district has purchased state of the art disinfecting systems and crews are working on treating all buildings on a rotating basis.   At this time, we have no reason to believe there is anything to be concerned about. The buildings will continue to be a safe environment for our students and staff. If this situation should change in any way please be assured that you will be notified immediately.


    I am actively working with the District’s Medical Director and will be seeking guidance from the Westchester County Department of Health to ensure that this matter is addressed in an appropriate manner. We will continue to monitor the situation and will continue to keep you informed to the fullest extent possible  


    Meanwhile, prevention is the best medicine.  Here are some ways to help protect your children and others from contracting or spreading infection. 


        Keep children at home who are sick at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever, without the use of fever reducing medicine.  


        Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


        Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or by coughing into the inside of their elbow.


    We will be sending students home who display certain symptoms, which may include, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, and/or muscle ache.  Please make alternative arrangements for child care in the event that your child needs to be sent home early from school or in the event of a school closure.


    We are working on revising our Infection Disease Management Plan so that it reflects the most recent available information.  Additionally, we are preparing plans that will be available to you in the event that a school closure becomes necessary.


    A Task Force is being developed to monitor our preparedness for addressing this public health issue.


    Lastly, we are suspending perfect attendance incentives this year so that we are not indirectly encouraging students to attend school when they are ill. 


    There are some great online resources available to you if you need additional information


    Please be sure to check our website for updates. 




    Yours for the sake of all children,


    Kenneth R. Hamilton


    Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton

    Superintendent of Schools



    4 de marzo de 2020


    Estimados padres/tutores/estudiantes/personal:

    El médico de dos de nuestros estudiantes (misma familia, uno en escuela de Columbus y otro en Rebecca Turner) nos ha informado que la familia ha sido puesta en cuarentena para una posible exposición al Novel Coronavirus conocido como Novel 19. Hemos sido informados además por el médico de los niños que los estudiantes no han mostrado ningún síntoma real en este momento. Ambos estudiantes no asistirán a la escuela por lo menos las próximas 2semanas. En este momento ningún consultorio médico tiene la capacidad de probar para COVID-19. La prueba solo puede ser realizada por NYS o CDC

    Por una abundancia de precaución, el distrito ha comprado sistemas de desinfección de última generación y las cuadrillas están trabajando en el tratamiento de todos los edificios de forma rotativa. En este momento, no tenemos ninguna razón para creer que hay algo de qué preocuparse. Los edificios continuarán siendo un ambiente seguro para nuestros estudiantes y personal. Si esta situación cambia de alguna manera, tenga la seguridad de que se le notificará inmediatamente.

    Estoy trabajando activamente con el Director Médico del Distrito y buscaré orientación del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Westchester para asegurar que este asunto se aborde de manera apropiada. Continuaremos monitoreando la situación y continuaremos manteniéndolo informado en la mayor medida posible.

    Mientras tanto, la prevención es la mejor medicina. Estas son algunas maneras de ayudar a proteger a sus hijos y a otras personas de contraer o propagarla infección.

    • Mantenga a los niños en casa que estén enfermos al menos 24 horas después de que yano       tengan fiebre o signos de fiebre, sin el uso de medicamentos que reducen la fiebre.
    • Enseñe a sus hijos a lavarse las manos a menudo con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos.
    • Enseñe a sus hijos a cubrir la tos y los estornudos con tejido o tosiendo en el interior del codo.

    Enviaremos a los estudiantes a casa que muestren ciertos síntomas, que pueden incluir fiebre, dolor de garganta, dolor de cabeza, tos y/o dolor muscular. Por favor, haga arreglos alternativos para el cuidado de niños en caso de que su hijo necesite ser enviado a casa temprano de la escuela o en caso de un cierre de la escuela.

    Estamos trabajando en la revisión de nuestro Plan de Manejo de Enfermedades por Infecciones para que refleje la información más reciente disponible. Además, estamos preparando planes que estarán disponibles para usted en caso de que sea necesario el cierre de una escuela.

    Se está elaborando un grupo de trabajo para supervisar nuestra preparación para abordar este problema de salud pública.

    Por último, estamos suspendiendo los incentivos de asistencia perfectos este año para que no estemos indirectamente animando a los estudiantes a asistir a la escuela cuando están enfermos.

    Hay algunos grandes recursos en línea disponibles para usted si necesita información adicional.

    Por favor, asegúrese de consultar nuestro sitio web para actualizaciones.

    La tuya por el bien de todos los niños,


    Kenneth R. Hamilton


    Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton

    Superintendente de Escuelas




    4 de março de 2020


    Queridos pais/responsáveis/alunos/funcionários:

    Fomos avisados pelo médico de dois de nosso salunos (mesma família, um na Columbus School eum na Rebecca Turner) que a família foi colocada em quarentena para uma possível exposição ao Novel Coronavírus conhecido como Novel 19. Fomos ainda mais avisados pelo médico infantil que os alunos não apresentaram nenhum sintoma real neste momento. Ambos os alunos não estarão frequentando a escola pelo menos nas próximas 2 semanas. Neste momento, nenhum consultório médico tem a capacidade de testar para COVID-19. Oteste só pode ser feito pelo NYS ou PELO CDC.

    Por precaução, o distrito comprou sistemas de desinfetantes de última geração e as equipes estã o trabalhando no tratamento de todos os edifícios emuma base rotativa. Neste momento, não temos razão para acreditar que há algo com que se preocupar. Os prédios continuarão a ser um ambiente seguro para nossos alunos e funcionários. Se esta situação mudar de alguma forma, tenha certeza de que será notificado imediatamente.

    Estou trabalhando ativamente com o Diretor Médicodo Distrito e buscarei orientação do Departamento de Saúde do Condado de Westchester para garantir que este assunto seja tratado de forma apropriada. Continuaremos monitorando a situação e continuaremos a mantê-lo informado na medida do possível.

    Enquanto isso, a prevenção é o melhor remédio. Aqui estão algumas maneiras de ajudar a protegerseus filhos e outros de contrair ou espalhar infecções.

    • Mantenha as crianças em casa que estão doentes pelo menos 24 horas depois de não terem mais febre ou sinais de febre, sem que ouso da febre reduza a medicina.
    • Ensine seus filhos a lavar as mãos muitas vezes com água e sabão por pelo menos 20
    • Ensine seus filhos a cobrir tosses e espirra com tecido ou tossindo no interior do cotovelo.

    Enviaremos estudantes para casa que apresentam certos sintomas, que podem incluir febre, dor de garganta, dor de cabeça, tosse e/ou dor muscular. Por favor, faça arranjos alternativos para cuidar dacriança caso seu filho precise ser mandado para casa mais cedo da escola ou no caso de um fechamento escolar.

    Estamos trabalhando na revisão do nosso Plano de Gerenciamento de Doenças de Infecção para que ele reflita as informações disponíveis mais recentes. Além disso, estamos preparando planos que estarão disponíveis para você no caso de um fechamento escolar se tornar necessário.

    Uma Força Tarefa está sendo desenvolvida para monitorar nossa preparação para abordar esteproblema de saúde pública.

    Por fim, estamos suspendendo incentivos perfeitos para a frequência este ano para que não estejamos incentivando indiretamente os alunos a frequentarem a escola quando estiverem doentes.

    Existem alguns ótimos recursos online disponíveis para você se você precisar de informações adicionais.

    Por favor, certifique-se de verificar nosso site para obter atualizações..

    Seu para o bem de todas as crianças,


    Kenneth R. Hamilton


    Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton

    Superintendente de Escolas



    Le 4 mars 2020


    Chers parents/tuteurs/étudiants/personnels :

    Le médecin de deux de nos élèves (la même famille, l’un à l’école Columbus et l’autre à Rebecca Turner) nous a informés que la famille a été mise en quarantaine en raison d’une exposition possible au nouveau coronavirus connu sous le nom de Novel19. Le médecin des enfants nous a également informés que les élèves n’avaient pas présenté de symptômes réels pour le moment. Les deux élèves ne seront pas à l’école pendant au moins les 2 prochaines semaines. À l’heure actuelle, aucun cabinet de médecins n’a la capacité de tester le COVID-19. Le test ne peut être fait que par NYS ou CDC.

    Par excès de prudence, le district a acheté des systèmes de désinfection à la fine pointe de la technologie et les équipes s’efforcent de traiter tous les bâtiments de façon rotative. À l’heure actuelle, nous n’avons aucune raison de croire qu’il y a quelque chose à craindre. Les bâtiments continueront d’être un environnement sécuritaire pour nos étudiants et notre personnel. Si cette situation change d’une manière ou d’une autre, soyez assurés que vous en serez immédiatement informé.

    Je travaille activement avec le directeur médical du district et je demanderai conseil au ministère de la Santé du comté de Westchester pour m’assurer que cette question est traitée de façon appropriée. Nous continuerons de surveiller la situation et de vous tenir au courant dans toute la mesure du possible.

    Pendant ce temps, la prévention est le meilleur remède. Voici quelques façons d’aider à protéger vos enfants et d’autres personnes contre la contracte ou la propagation de l’infection.

    • Gardez les enfants à la maison qui sont malades au moins 24 heures après qu’ils n’ont plus de fièvre ou de signes de fièvre, sans l’utilisation de la fièvre réduisant les médicaments.
    • Enseignez à vos enfants à se laver les mains souvent avec du savon et de l’eau pendant au moins 20 secondes.
    • Enseignez à vos enfants à couvrir la toux et les éternuements avec des tissus ou en toussant à l’intérieur de leur coude.

    Nous renverrons à la maison des élèves qui présentent certains symptômes, notamment de la fièvre, des maux de gorge, des maux de tête, de la toux et/ou des douleurs musculaires. Veuillez prendre d’autres dispositions pour la garde d’enfants si votre enfant doit être renvoyé à la maison plus tôt de l’école ou en cas de fermeture de l’école.

    Nous travaillons à la révision de notre Plan de gestion des maladies infectieuses afin qu’il reflète l’information disponible la plus récente. De plus, nous préparons des plans qui seront mis à votre disposition au cas où une fermeture d’école deviendrait nécessaire.

    Un groupe de travail est en cours d’élaboration pour surveiller notre préparation à s’attaquer à ce problème de santé publique.

    Enfin, nous suspendons les incitatifs parfaits à la fréquentation cette année afin de ne pas encourager indirectement les élèves à fréquenter l’école lorsqu’ils sont malades.

    Il Ya quelques grandes ressources en ligne à votre disposition si vous avez besoin d’informations supplémentaires.

    Le vôtre pour le bien de tous les enfants,


    Kenneth R. Hamilton


    Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton

    Surintendant des écoles 


Coronavirus Information

  • Dear Parent/Guardian,

    A new coronavirus called 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first found in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This virus had not been found in humans before. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and trouble breathing or shortness of breath. There are thousands of diagnosed cases in China and new cases being diagnosed in a number of countries including the United States.

    What do we know?

    Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working hard to learn as much as possible about this new virus, so that we can better understand how it spreads and causes illness. The CDC considers this virus to be a serious public health concern. Based on current information the CDC recommends avoiding travel to China. Updated travel information related to 2019-nCoV can be found at

    How Does 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus Spread?

    Health experts believe the virus probably spreads from animals to humans and from person to person. It’s not clear yet how easily the virus spreads from person-to-person. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) is not currently a concern for the general public and is not actively circulating among New Yorkers at this time. Therefore, there is no need to cancel school or social events, and there is no need for students or school staff to wear surgical masks at school.


    There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this virus. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
    • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all travel to China.


    Information to date suggests that 2019-nCoV causes mild-to-moderate illness and symptoms like the flu, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

    Are visitors from China being screened?

    Yes, as of February 2nd new screening protocols are conducted for individuals entering the US from China at designated airports. PreK-12 schools may have students who attend school and have traveled to various areas in Asia, including China. Students should not be excluded from school or any school activities based on race, country of origin, or recent travel (or a family member’s recent travel), including to any part of China. Schools may only exclude a student if a local health department informs the school that a student must comply with a quarantine order or the student is symptomatic of a communicable or infectious disease pursuant to Education Law §906.

    Important Health Information for Those Who Have Recently Traveled to Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and Experience Symptoms

    If you recently traveled to Wuhan, China and feel sick with fever, cough or trouble breathing; OR you develop symptoms within 14 days of traveling there, you should:

    • Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms.
    • Avoid contact with others.
    • Stay home, except for seeking medical care.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Contact your local health department.

    This is an emerging, rapidly changing situation. For questions please contact your local department of health or the NYS DOH Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

    We encourage you to keep up to date about 2019-nCoV, its treatment and prevention by visiting the following websites:

    Additional Resources

    CDC’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website at

    NYSDOH’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website at

    NYSDOH directory of local health departments

    New York State Center for School Health website at

    Yours for the Sake of All Children,


    Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton