VILAGE OF TUCKAHOE, NY — March 15, 2020 — Excess supply of food will be delivered to ECAP, located at 142 Main Street in Tuckahoe.
Information on Free and Reduced Meal Program
In light of the fact that the school closure has displaced our meal plan, any students on the free and reduced meal plan or students in need of food may pick up a bag of shelf stable food at ECAP.
ECAP is open for distribution on weekdays from 10am-2pm and is located at 142 Main Street, Tuckahoe.
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Tuckahoe School District News By Interim Superintendent AMY GOODMAN
Dear Tuckahoe Community:
Thank you for your continued understanding during the current health crisis. Despite a short lead time, our teachers and administrators have successfully implemented e-learning opportunities for our students. I am incredibly grateful to them for enabling our students to continue their educations during these difficult times. Please note the following contact information should you require support in these areas:
For any difficulties with devices: email@example.com
For questions about e-learning, please contact your child’s specific teacher OR
- at William E. Cottle School: firstname.lastname@example.org Opens in a new browser tab
- at Tuckahoe Middle School: email@example.com Opens in a new browser tab
- at Tuckahoe High School: firstname.lastname@example.org Opens in a new browser tab
If your child is having anxiety or unease around the current state of events:
- at William E. Cottle School: email@example.com Opens in a new browser tab
or firstname.lastname@example.org Opens in a new browser tab
or email@example.com Opens in a new browser tab
- at Tuckahoe Middle School: firstname.lastname@example.org Opens in a new browser tab
or email@example.com Opens in a new browser tab
- at Tuckahoe High School: firstname.lastname@example.org Opens in a new browser tab
THS college application questions: email@example.com
For information on the current school closure, please check our webpage on the matter here. If you have additional questions or concerns on the matter, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you again for your ongoing support. We are thankful to all of our faculty, administration and staff, and Board of Education for their professionalism during this time and are extremely grateful to our local partner organizations for their support including the Village of Tuckahoe for their support in distributing food to students who need it and the Town of Eastchester for facilitating information from government officials. We thank our parents for their understanding and support and our students for their hard work and perseverance.
We remain committed to sharing any further developments as they are available. During this critical time our continued partnership and care for one another is essential to successfully navigating this challenge.
March 11, 2020
Dear Tuckahoe Community,
We remain strongly focused on the health and well-being of your child and our school community. As you know we were notified by the Governor’s office and the State Department of Health that our schools had to close from March12-March 25. We have been working with state and local officials to ascertain various details related to the closure of our schools. We are cognizant of the difficulty that this closure presents and the questions and concerns around it.
The information below is based on what we know right now. We are committed to keeping the school community informed of any changes as we are made aware of them.
What does this containment mean?
The State has created a containment area within a 1-mile radius around the center of where the outbreak started in New Rochelle. The purpose of establishing the containment circle is to identify an area that will be aggressively cleaned and restricted with regard to large gatherings like schools, places of worship, and other places of assembly where large numbers of people gather in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Under the Directive of the NYS Department of Health and the Governor’s office our schools will be closed from March 12-25.
Please note there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community.
What are the plans for continuity of education?
The district will use “eLearning” and work packets that were sent home to maintain instruction during the school closures. We are ensuring the opportunity for our students to continue the learning process.
Please see the letters from the TMS and THS principals regarding expectations at the upper schools. Parents/guardians of Cottle students will receive a letter from their student(s) classroom teacher(s) with instructions.
Is anyone allowed in the building?
No members of the public will be permitted in either building until we are informed otherwise. There will be no before or after school activities or school related events. As this applies to our buildings, and in keeping with the intention of this closure to limit large gatherings, this will include postponing the scheduled March 16 Board meeting. The Board meeting on March 30, has been changed to a business meeting.
How will the buildings be cleaned?
We have been informed that the National Guard will clean and sanitize our buildings.
Will spring break be cancelled?
We are awaiting guidance from New York State Department of Education.
Will students on the free/reduced lunch plan have access to meals?
We have been coordinating delivery of food with the Governor’s office. If students receive free or reduced lunch or if students are in need of food because of school closure, we will have breakfast and lunch at no cost on a grab and go basis at the Tuckahoe Community Center. More information will be forthcoming this evening, please watch for an additional email.
Will out-of-district placed students still go to their programs?
We are transporting Tuckahoe students who attend private and parochial schools as well as out of district full day programs during our district school’s closing. Please check if your private school is open.
What will happen to the State ELA exam scheduled for March 25, 2020?
We have posed this question to state officials and will report back when we know more.
Who can I contact with additional questions about the school closure or its impact?
We understand that community members may want additional information and/or have continued questions. District and building administration will be working to answer any questions which are received via email. We will also be providing regular updates and will ensure that frequently expressed questions and concerns are addressed in our wider communications. We strongly encourage the community to continue to contact us via email with any questions or concerns, and follow our regular updates for responses.
Please check our website which I will update regularly or email me your questions.
Will district meetings continue to take place?
Given the guidance and restrictions we have received, the District feels strongly that any public meetings, including Board meetings, would run counter to these recommendations. The Board meeting on Monday, March 16 is cancelled. We will hold a board meeting on March 30, which will be a business meeting open to the public.
How Should I Talk to My Child About Coronavirus COVID-19?
- Remain calm and reassuring. Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.
- Make yourself available to listen and to talk. Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.
- Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma. Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.
- Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online: Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.
- Provide information that is honest and accurate: Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
- Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.
- Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.
- Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
- Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
- Get children into a handwashing habit.Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities.
Where can I get more important information on health matters?
DOH Hotline and Phone Numbers:
- People under self-quarantine or exposure to known case, call (866) 588-0195
- NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline (888) 364-3065
- Westchester County COVID-19 Information Call 211
For those of you who want accurate and vetted information about Covid-19 the best source is the CDC website which you can access here
. The key messages for individual citizens have been well summarized on the county site (see here)
We are grateful to everyone in the various corners of our school and local community for pulling together during this time. By working together in challenging times, we serve as examples of collaboration, empathy and leadership for our students. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation.