March 10, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The City School District of New Rochelle is pleased to announce that local community organizations have stepped up to help mitigate the food shortage that will be experienced by some students during the two-week closure of three schools in the state-designated Coronavirus (COVID-19) “containment area.”
We understand that some of our students are food-dependent on the district. As we await support from the state government to help provide these students with food support, we are very thankful to local organizations who have stepped up in this critical time.
Additionally, we will share information about the 2,822 students who are food dependent with Governor Cuomo’s office. We anticipate that the National Guard will help distribute food to these students in need.
As we have made clear, the choice to close specific schools came from the Governor's office in consultation with federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health professionals. The Governor chose to close schools within the containment area – within one mile of the impacted synagogue. The impacted schools are New Rochelle High School, Albert Leonard Middle School and William B. Ward Elementary School.
The impacted schools MUST close based on the latest guidance from the Governor. In addition, the CSDNR PREP Plan, which aligns with the plan provided by the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Education Department, contemplates closing schools when there is a confirmed case of COVID-19. We will continue to be guided by these documents.
At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. We are closing the three schools from March 11 to March 25 in compliance with the Governor’s directive.
Dr. Laura Feijóo
City School District of New Rochelle