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July Message from Dr. Adelberg
Dear BCSD Community,
I hope you are well and enjoying summer break. I hope you’re able to celebrate some respite with family and friends. I especially hope this summer is providing you with lots of opportunities to be with important people in your lives, and to experience places and find lots of opportunities to relax, refresh and recharge.
This is NOT my “official” back-to-school communication. The good news is that it is still July and we have a number of weeks to go before we enter back-to-school mode. Recognizing that many members of the community are beginning to wonder about and eager to plan for the fall and the reopening of our schools, I thought I would give a brief update on our planning at this time.
As is the case every summer, our schools do not shut down. Many members of our faculty and staff are busy preparing for the 2021-2022 school year. Teams of teachers are developing new curriculum, and given the challenges of the previous year, we are all reexamining old assumptions and thoughtfully realigning curriculum at every grade level and in all courses. We also have many faculty and staff members leading a total of 180 students through our summer programs supporting “unfinished learning” from the pandemic.
As was the case through the previous school year, we are in close contact with our colleagues across the region, and we follow regular updates from the CDC, as we also receive updates from the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department. As we plan for our opening this year, at this time, we are excited in anticipation of a full return to school for in-person instruction for all. We are awaiting guidance from the NYSDOH regarding the wearing of masks indoors. Per changing CDC guidance in recent weeks, and recent guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, it appears likely that the mask mandate during indoor instruction will remain in place as we open our schools this year. We will continue to monitor all discussions and guidance regarding masks and will provide more definitive information in the coming weeks.
Last year, we were able to share information with our community regarding opportunities for vaccinations at pop-up clinics, as well as at a clinic we provided on our Fox Lane Campus in partnership with the Westchester County Department of Health (WCDOH). We will continue to share any information we receive on the availability of vaccines for members of our community. I have informed WCDOH that the BCSD would be willing to host additional vaccination clinics through the fall. Of course, at this time, vaccines are only available for ages 12 and up. We are all hopeful that vaccines will become available to those under 12 years of age in the coming months. We continue to encourage any who are able to get vaccinated to do so.
In preparing for a full opening this year, we continue to replace air filters, we enforce thorough cleaning protocols, and we continue to purchase, with aid provided through state and federal grants, all necessary PPE.
As we learned last year, the guidance and regulations could change at any time. I am optimistic that we are in a very good position for a full reopening in the fall. Please look forward to reopening information from your building principals and my “official” Back to School letter detailing all of our reopening plans in the coming weeks.
Enjoy the sunshine. See you all soon.