Sept. 2 updates and information

It is hard to believe that this weekend marks the unofficial end of summer and that we will welcome back staff and students next week.  

Many of our staff members have been here planning and preparing during the summer months; they will return for two Superintendent’s Conference Days on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.  

We are incredibly excited to welcome back students on Thursday, September 9 for the first day of the 2021-2022 school year. In advance we wanted to send out one more update with some reminders and information:

We return this year to a more typical schedule compared to last year.  Student arrival, for all grade levels, will occur between 8:10 and 8:20 AM and dismissal will occur at 3:03 PM. Families should have received notification from our transportation providers (Durham or Star & Strand) regarding pick up and drop off times.  If you have any questions in that regard you can reach out to Sue McCormick, here at school: smccormick@menands.org or 518-465-4561 ext. 101.   

Further guidance and direction will be forthcoming to those parents who indicated they would be dropping off or picking up their children.  As in any school year, it takes a bit of time to settle into arrival and dismissal procedures.  We ask for your patience and understanding; morning bus students should plan to be at their stops a bit early the first few days, and we ask that parents transporting follow the directions of the staff members in the parking lot and at the entrances.  Our ultimate goal is that our students arrive safely.

“First Day Packets” were mailed home to families for each student.  This packet contains a great deal of information and a number of documents that will need to be returned to school.  We would ask that you return all those documents as soon as possible, and actually consider sending them on the first day of school. Of particular importance is the Student Information Sheet.  You want to be sure we have the most up to date contact information, including phone numbers and emails, as we use these to communicate via School Messenger or in the event  of an emergency. Also, time sensitive, is the Instructional Technology Form.  Students will be unable to have access to district technology, including Chromebooks until this form has been submitted. Again we would appreciate your returning the requested documents as soon as possible, and ideally the first day of school. 

If you have not already accessed them, School Supply Lists are available on our webpage: https://www.menands.org/school-supplies/  Please know,  if securing the requested materials is problematic for any reason, please contact Liz Mentiply at 518-465-4561 ext. 119 or lmentiply@menands.org so we can assist you with getting the needed materials.

We are excited this year to bring back some after school clubs and sports for our students this school year.  With the exception of soccer and cross country track for students in grades 7 & 8, after school activities will not begin until Monday September 20.  Club offerings and registration procedures will go out later next week.  Grade 7 and 8 students will receive specific information around cross country and soccer from the coaches during the first few days of school.  

Like last year, as a result of the COIVD-19 Pandemic, we have a number of procedures and protocols in place to keep our students and staff safe and healthy.  This year we are using a Layered Mitigation Strategy, based on the transmission rates in Albany County. Additionally we will comply with all mandates imposed by the Governor’s Office and the NYS Health Department; the latest update from these entities indicates: All students, staff and visitors in P-12 schools must wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.  This  requirement is true on school buses as well.  

Please be sure your child wears a well fitting mask to school each day.  In the event they arrive without one, one will be provided for them.  Staff will provide guidance and direction around mask wearing, as well as other protocols during the first few weeks of school, and regularly throughout the school year. Additionally, per our Opening Plan staff will be attentive to the need for mask breaks throughout the day, and provide opportunities for them.  

We look forward to welcoming back our students next week,  and are looking forward to a fantastic school year. Should you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out.   Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Mrs. Cannavo & Dr. Long