From the Principal
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Please review this Nanuet Health FAQ from the school nurse.
**No PE Uniforms this fall**
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!!
Please find answers below to frequently asked questions related to the opening of school.
- Masks must be worn at all times with the exceptions of mask breaks and while eating lunch
- Mask Care:
- NEVER share masks
- NEVER borrow or lend a mask
- Change your mask at least daily
- Make sure your mask is clean
- Make sure your mask fits snugly but not too tight
- Mask breaks will not take place in the classrooms
- For mask breaks/bathroom breaks during class time only one child per classroom will be allowed to leave the classroom at a time
- For most classes, mask breaks can be taken as needed
- Teacher will bring class to the door near the side of the building (near teachers room)
- Teacher will exit the building and lead the class for a short walk down the bus platform- allowing everyone to remove their mask while maintaining social distancing
- As the class re-enters the building at the front entrance, masks must be back on before coming back into the building
- Classrooms in the new wing will use the back-of-building access points to allow mask breaks similar to those conducted on the bus platform
- Only one student per classroom will be allowed in the hallway at a time for purposes of an individualized need for a mask break or to use the bathroom
- Only one person will be allowed in the bathroom at a time
- Upon arriving at the bathroom, knock before entering and wait in the hallway while social distancing to enter the bathroom
- Always wash hands thoroughly before heading back to class
- All common areas will be labeled with arrows to keep to the right and to remind occupants to maintain social distancing
- All hallway/stairwell traffic will move at a safe pace while keeping to the RIGHT and social distancing
- Staggered access may be implemented when needed to avoid crowding
- Classrooms will be equipped with fans, placemats, wipes, and sprays
- Furniture in each classroom has been set up with the maximum amount of desks allowed based on the size of the room (in most cases the number of student desks is 15)
- Student and teacher desks will be arranged to allow social distancing
- Prior to entering the building, all entrants must complete a screening attestation
- Link to Required COVID-19 Screening Attestation Form: https://entry.neric.org/NanuetUFSD
- Students riding the bus in the morning will be required to load the bus from back to front.
- Students will be required to wear a mask while riding the bus and students (aside from siblings) will be seated to allow for social distancing and windows will be cracked open when weather permits
- Busses will be lined up on the bus platform and will be unloaded beginning at 7:30
- Students being dropped off should have masks on by the time they step onto the bus platform
- All students arriving to school will be supervised to maintain social distancing as much as possible
- 7th and 8th grade students that arrive prior to 7:30 should proceed directly to the new gym until it is time to go to homeroom
- 6th grade students that arrive prior to 7:30 should proceed directly to the old gym until it is time to go to homeroom
- 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students that are getting breakfast will be given directions for doing so
- 5th grade students will be assisted to go directly to the cafeteria upon arrival to the school and if getting breakfast, can do so at that time
- New students to the building- both fifth graders and new registrants, will be greeted upon arrival and assisted to navigate their day
- All entrants to the building (staff, students, parents) must complete a quality assurance questionnaire
- Busses will be lined up on the bus platform in numerical order as in the past
- Students riding the bus home will have assigned seats- this information is available on the bus cards mailed home
- Students must keep masks on while boarding busses and for the ride home
- Students being picked up after school will wait in the lobby
- Parents can pull in to the bus platform immediately following the busses at 2:40
- Students will exit the building when their parent pulls up to the bus platform and move efficiently so that all pick-ups can take place in a timely manner
- At this time, all students should go directly home after school each day
- At this time, there will be no after school activities and the public library will not be available after school
- Grades 5 and 7 will be eating lunch and having recess in their homeroom classrooms and go outdoors when space and weather allows
- Grade 6 and 8 will be split for lunch and recess with half of the students going to the new gym for recess and half going to the cafeteria for lunch. Midway through the period, students will move to the opposite location.
- Students buying lunch will complete a lunch request slip in homeroom so that lunches can be prepared and ready for pick up/delivery. Sixth grade students will come to each homeroom with a basket to collect lunch orders
- Students arriving late to school will complete their lunch request slip when signing in if arrival is before the end of first period, otherwise students should bring their own lunch
- Students can remove masks while eating lunch, but must wear them during recess unless the recess location allows for consistent and safe social distancing
PREVIOUS MESSAGES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:
I hope this letter finds you and your family doing well during this unique time. The purpose of this communication is to bring you up to date on a schedule change for next year.
The 2020-2021 school year schedule will revert to the nine period schedule that we had prior to the current 55 minute block design. All classes will be 42 minutes long and will meet every day with the exception of Earth Science labs and physical education, which will meet every other day. This model provides alignment with the high school schedule for next year and incorporates a daily advisory period to support the social and emotional growth of our students. It also offers additional opportunities for remediation in math and reading. Lastly, this model aligns more closely with the schedule we implemented for last year’s at-home learning should we need to continue using this model this year.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding any of these items, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Important Phone Numbers
Barr Main Office......627-4040
A. MacArthur Barr Middle School
143 Church Street, Nanuet, NY 10954
Title I Schools Information
Schools in the Nanuet Union Free School District that are eligible to received Title I federal funding for the upcoming year are: Highview, MacArthur Barr 5-6 Academy for Excellence, and MacArthur Barr Middle School. In accordance with the parent involvement goals of Title I of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), the Board of Education encourages the participation of parents of students eligible for Title I services in all aspects of their child's education, including the development and implementation of district programs, activities, and procedures designed to carry out NCLB parent involvement goals (refer to District Policy section 1900).
In addition, the school district is required to inform parents of their child’s academic progress on each of their state assessments. Please be assured that if your child takes a state assessment, you will receive notification by mail of your son’s/daughter’s results along with an overview and explanation.