The Katonah-Lewisboro Learning Commitment
In the KLSD, we will strive to create learning experiences for all students that are engaging, relevant, and take place in an active learning environment.
5:30 p.m. - Anticipated Executive Session
Via private video conference
March 25, 2021
Dear IM Families,
We hope you have all been enjoying the spring weather and that you continue to remain healthy during these times.
As a follow-up to the Principal’s Coffee on March 17, we wanted to outline some important information for all of you, including timelines and changes, as we continue to prepare and plan for all our students.
Timeline for 5 Days In-Person
Week of April 5th (no changes to learning model)
Welcoming K-2 Remote Students transitioning to 4 Day In-Person.
Since we do not have the barriers yet, we cannot welcome back remote students for grades 3, 4, and 5 until their designated week.
Grades K-2: 4 Days In-Person
Grades 3-5: Hybrid Schedule (Cohorts A and B)
Special Classes: 4 ½ Days In-Person
Grades K-5: April 7 *Remote Wednesday
Week of April 12th (Starting Monday, April 12, all grade 3 students attend)
K-3 Grades: 4 Days In-Person
4-5 Grades: Hybrid Schedule (Cohorts A and B)
Special Classes: 4 ½ Days In-Person
Grades K-5: April 14 *Remote Wednesday
Week of April 19th (Starting Monday, April 19 all Grades 4 and 5 students )
Grades K-5: 5 Days In-Person
*Schedules for Remote Wednesdays on 4/7 and 4/14 may be modified due to teachers needing to prepare for the re-opening and transition of incoming students.
Health and Safety
In our K-2 classrooms, students will eat in smaller cohorts rather than as a whole group. While there are certainly benefits to being together and socializing, we are trying to limit exposure to the virus. When all students have their masks off, we are required to quarantine those students exposed for more than 10 minutes.
Teaching and Learning
Arrival and Dismissal
Please see the drop off and pick up times below. We made a minor adjustment to the times to prepare for the increased volume of cars in April. We appreciate your adherence to these times.
Drop off Schedule:
9:15 am – 9:25 am: Kindergarten with siblings in the circle by the gym
9:15 am – 9:25 am: Grade 1 with siblings. Drive past the front of the school and into the side parking lot.
9:25 am – 9:35 am: Grade 2 and 4 with siblings in the circle by the gym
9:25 am – 9:35 am: Grade 3 and Grade 5 Front of the school with siblings
Pick Up Schedule:
3:05 pm – 3:15 pm Kindergarten with siblings in the circle by the gym
3:05 pm – 3:15 pm Grade 1 with siblings. Drive past the front of the school and into the side parking lot.
3:20 pm – 3:30 pm Grade 2 and Grade 4 with siblings in the circle by the gym
3:20 – 3:30 Grade 3 with siblings and Grade 5 front of the school
We will continue to monitor drop off and pick up during the transition to 5 days a week. If any changes are needed, we will let you know. In the meantime, thank you for your cooperation in making these busy times of the day run safely and smoothly. Consider refreshing your Pick-Up/Dismissal signs to be displayed in your front windshield over the spring recess to help move the process along.
To support social and emotional wellness as our landscape changes, clinicians will be providing support and resources to classroom teachers. Teachers and clinicians will also work collaboratively to facilitate discussions and classroom lessons. During the week of April 5, clinicans will be conducting morning announcements for all our students. Topics include getting to know each other again, self-care, adjusting to new routines, and maintaining a positive mindset. As always, if you have a concern, please reach out.
Spring Break and Travel Guidelines
Spring break is March 29 to April 4. We look forward to students returning back to their programs on Monday, April 5. If your family is planning to travel during break, below is the most recent District communication regarding travel and quarantine guidelines.
Dear KLSD Community,
A number of community members have been asking about travel and quarantine in light of the upcoming spring break.
Governor Cuomo recently made statements about ending the need to quarantine following out-of-State travel, effective April 1.
As of this morning, however, the State’s Travel Advisory website (linked here) has not been updated to reflect the Governor’s statements. The most recent update was on March 10. That update created quarantine exemptions only for those who are fully vaccinated and those who have contracted COVID within a certain timeframe of their travel. All other travelers are, at this moment, still subject to quarantine, and all travelers are still asked by NYS to complete a traveler health form (linked here).
It is New York State, and not KLSD, that requires and enforces travel related quarantine. Our student health screener will continue to ask if the student is under any mandatory quarantine order, as an important reminder.
I advise all community members who are contemplating out of State travel to continue checking the State’s website to see if additional changes are reflected by April 1.
I hope this is helpful.
Andrew Selesnick, Superintendent of Schools
While we realize there is a lot of information in this communication, we wanted to be sure to answer as many questions as possible given the changes ahead. As always, we appreciate your feedback as we seek to create safe and positive learning experiences for our students.
We continue to be grateful for your partnership and the hard work and professionalism of our teachers and staff. They have been remarkable during these challenging times.
Be well and enjoy the spring recess as a family.
Kerry Ford and Michael Weschler