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May 19 Parent Update

Dear NCS Families,

As we move further into May, I wanted to take a minute to pass along a handful of updates from NCS. However, if you can think of additional ways we can provide support for your son or daughter, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Calendar Update

Because the State Department of Education has modified its testing schedule for June, we have also adjusted our end-of-the-year calendar. You can access the revised calendar by clicking this link, and I have also noted the last days of school for students below:
  • High School students will have full days through Monday, June 21
  • Elementary School students will have full days through Monday, June 21, and an 11:00 a.m. dismissal on Tuesday, June 22
COVID-19 Safety Protocols

As you probably know, Governor Cuomo recently announced that New York State would be adopting the CDC’s “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People” for most businesses and public settings. However, it is important to note that there have not been any announced changes regarding safety expectations in public schools. We will continue to monitor the most recent information from the Department of Health, and keep you posted if there are changes related to masking or social distancing.

Additionally, our region continues to see its number of COVID-19 cases drop steadily. This is great news, but it is difficult to predict whether the case count per 100,000 will increase as masking and spacing restrictions ease. Because of the uncertainty, we are going to continue with our current learning models in both buildings through the end of the year. I know that this will be disappointing news for some, but I also believe it will limit new disruptions for students who have found effective ways of successfully managing their learning in recent months.

With that being said, I would encourage you to reach out to Ms. Saucke (Elementary School Principal) or Mrs. Green (High School Principal) if your child is struggling academically, socially, or emotionally. Our faculty and staff have developed effective ways of supporting students this year, and I am confident we can improve the experiences of our kids if we work closely together.   

Note of Appreciation

Most importantly, I wanted to say thank you for voting yesterday. At a challenging point in time, the passage of our 2021-2022 budget was a reminder of how lucky we are to be part of a community that cares deeply about teaching and learning. After the disruption students have experienced over the past year, we are confident the spending plan will help to maintain the educational excellence that has existed in Naples for many years.

Hoping this finds you healthy and well.