- Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
Message from the Superintendent
Dear TUFSD Families and Staff:
Let me begin this weekly update by recognizing that today is September 11, a day of national mourning and reflection. It’s hard to fathom that the majority of our high school seniors had not yet been born when these horrific acts occurred. Yet it is critically important that we continue to remember and honor those who were lost that day and to carry forth the memory of their loss and the valiant efforts of so many first responders.
While vastly different, we all know that our nation is currently dealing with a new and challenging reality. But, today, I want to share with you some good news - news that demonstrates our resilience and commitment to moving forward. Our students have begun the 2020-21 school year and our district is ready and eager to immerse them in learning and provide the support they need to succeed. I’ve already heard from our principals and teachers about how excited they are to engage with students and how receptive the students have been to being back. I also enjoyed the opportunity to personally observe several of our teachers conducting remote learning sessions with their students as they begin to develop the positive and supportive relationships which are so critical to student success.
As always, there are several reminders and updates to share with you for this week:
Orientations: Student orientations have been scheduled for each of our five schools from September 15-18. These orientations will occur in the morning and each school will begin remote instruction on a 3 hour delay. The building specific orientation details have been shared by your building principals. Transportation will be provided for eligible middle and high school students, while our elementary students will be brought to their orientation session by a parent/guardian.
Health and Safety: I have once again included a link to the COVID-19 Daily Health and Safety Checklist (Spanish) (English) which parents should use as a daily reference to ensure their child is healthy to come to school. On the checklist is a QR code which brings you to the daily attestation survey which the district is using. At the bottom left of the daily attestation survey you will now find a translate button which will translate the survey into 11 different languages. Beginning on the student orientation days and every day that your child attends school this must be completed. Please do your part to keep us all safe and healthy by following these daily procedures.
Hybrid Instruction Begins on Sept. 21: Beginning on September 21 students will begin learning in either the hybrid or remote learning model which was selected by their families. For your reference, the Phased Reopening Calendar serves as an overview of the opening month of school.
Technology: If you have not picked up a chromebook for your child, we will have a final round of distributions outside each of our buildings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, September 15-17. At JP, Morse and WI the distribution will be from 9-11AM and at SHHS and SHMS the distribution will be from 11AM-1PM. Ms. O’Brien will blast a reminder.
Bus and Lunch Passes: You should have received your child’s bus and lunch passes in the mail. If you have not, please contact the main office of your child’s school. If there is a change to your child’s pick up or drop off location please inform the main office as well and they will forward the information to transportation for the required changes.
We know that there will be challenges that we will continue to work through as we start this new and unique school year. We appreciate your continued feedback, support, and partnership. Have a wonderful weekend!