Sept. 12: Friday update

Dear Parents and families,

It was great to welcome back your children this week!  We were honored to be visited on the first day of school by the NYS Commissioner of Education, Dr. Betty Rosa.  She welcomed students and visited classrooms.  There are some great photos posted to our Menands School Facebook page.  

We want to thank all of you for your patience, understanding and cooperation as we acclimate to the return to school and new procedures and protocols, especially our Arrival & Dismissal Procedures.  The first few days are always a bit challenging, but today was already smoother than yesterday.  Just a few important reminders in that regard:

  • There is one way traffic for both arrival and dismissal, please follow the direction of the school staff.
  • Arrival begins at 8:10 (please do not arrive early), remain in line, do not park and walk your child in.
  • At dismissal, park in your designated spot, and remain in your vehicle, staff will bring your child to you.
  • The school speed limit is 15MPH.
  • Your continued patience and cooperation are appreciated.

A few important dates and reminders for next week:

  • PTA mum sale  orders are due today, orders can be placed through the PTA Member Hub.  Mums will be available for pick up Tuesday September 14 in the courtyard after school.
  • There will be a ribbon cutting for the Nature Trail & Menands Story Walk on Tuesday September 14 at 4:30 PM, at the Park Drive Entrance of the trail.  This is an exciting collaboration between the village, library, and  school to provide opportunities to families and visitors to read while getting some fresh air and exercise.  
  • The regular meeting of the Menands School Board of Education will be held Monday  September 13 in the school gymnasium at 6:30 PM.  Members of the public are welcome. 
  • There is no school, Thursday September 16, in observance of Yom Kippur. 

As we have communicated previously, this year, in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are using a Layered Mitigation Strategy, based on the transmission rates in Albany County.  As of today, the transmission level remains at High (Red), so all current protocols will remain in place.  Please remember if your child is ill or experiencing symptoms, please keep them home from school and contact our school nurse for further guidance.

We look forward to having the students back again next week, as always should you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Dr. Long  & Mrs. Cannavo