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Welcome Back Chester Elementary School

 

Dear Chester Elementary School Families,

We are very excited to be welcoming our students back as in-person learners for the 2021-2022 school year on September 1, 2021. We have been working hard to ensure that everyone will have a safe and healthy learning environment at CES! We hope you all have had an enjoyable, relaxing, and healthy summer and are feeling recharged for the new school year. 

This letter is going to provide you with the important information you’ll need to know for the start of the school year, including schedules, protocols, arrival/dismissal procedures, and a September lunch menu (school breakfast and lunch is free again this school year).

Please don’t hesitate to call with any questions or concerns at (845)469-2178. Our staff and teachers have been working throughout the summer and in the coming days leading up to opening day to ensure a happy, healthy and successful 2021-2022 school year. 

Sincerely,




Mary Kate Boesch

Chester Elementary School Principal

 

DAILY SCHEDULE

8:30am -3:25pm



Arrival Begins

Bus Transportation

Parent Drop Off

8:30am

Staggered Entry/Temp Screening

Breakfast

8:45am (following bus departure)

Staggered Entry/Temp Screening

Breakfast


Instruction Begins


9:00am





Dismissal Begins

Bus Transportation

Parent Pick Up

3:15pm-3:25pm

(staggered dismissal)

Busses scheduled to depart by 3:30pm

3:25pm-3:40pm (following bus departure)

Students will be called in the order of vehicle line up in the lower lot.


Student pick up closes at 3:40 pm, please make alternate transportation arrangements for your child if you’re unable to arrive by 3:40pm. 

We will continue to offer before and after school childcare through the Y Club Kid Program.

 

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL PROCEDURES:

BUSES

 

 

  • Students arriving on the bus will enter the building one bus at a time after all Pre K and Kindergarten students are walked into the building and into their classrooms by our staff.

 

 

 

  • We have social distance markings on the stairs and staff will be escorting children off the bus to ensure social distancing.
  • Breakfast stations are available at two “grab n’ go” kiosks in the cafeteria  which follow social distancing safety protocols.

 

 

 

  • Students eating breakfast will do so at their designated seat in the classroom. 

 

 

 

  • All students will be required to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer at the start of the day.

 

PARENT/GUARDIAN DROP OFF/PICK UP (after bus departure) 8:45- 8:55/3:25-3:40

 

 

  • You will drive around the lower lot and continue around the upper lot, lining up in front of the building as noted in the traffic flow diagram.

 

 

 

  • There will be several staff members stationed outside to direct vehicles/traffic flow.

 

 

 

  • Pre K, Kindergarten and first grade students will be walked into the building with a staff member who will help them locate their classroom.  Staff members will be available in the lobby to help direct students to their classrooms as well.
  • PLEASE REACH OUT TO THE MAIN OFFICE AND LET THEM KNOW IF YOUR CHILD WILL BE DROPPED OFF AND/OR PICKED UP EACH DAY.
  • PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO SUPERVISION FOR CHILDREN AT CES PRIOR TO THE DESIGNATED ARRIVAL TIME.  
  • PLEASE REACH OUT TO THE YMCA BEFORE/AFTER CARE PROGRAM (SEE FLYER) SHOULD YOUR CHILD NEED SUPERVISION PRIOR TO OR AFTER SCHOOL HOURS.  

 

 

DAILY SCHEDULE/PROCEDURES

 

  • The daily schedule follows an 8 block day, inclusive of one 43 minute block of Specials (Art, Music or Phys. Ed) and one 43 minute block of a combined recess/lunch.  
  • Students will be socially distanced with their classroom teacher on a daily basis.
  • We will follow an A-D day schedule which aligns to grade level Specials.
  • Classroom teachers will share their specific daily schedules with families.  Specials (Art, Music & Phys Ed) will take place on a 4 day rotation (A-D day).
  • Specials(Art, Music & Phys Ed) will take place on a 4 day rotation (A-D day).
  • Students will walk with their classroom teacher, socially distanced, mask-on, to their specials. Students will continue to be socially-distanced specific to the guidance provided in the NYS ED Health and Safety Guide for the 2021-2022 School Year.  
  • Phys Ed: Outside or in gym/cafeteria combined open space  
  • Art: Art Room  
  • Music: Band Room  
  • Students will continue to be socially-distanced at 3-6ft within the classrooms specific to the NYS ED Health and Safety Guide. Masks will be required with mask breaks embedded throughout the day inclusive of: lunch, recess, snack and additional smaller breaks as needed. 
  • Some classroom spaces are altered to ensure all students are socially distanced to the required guidelines.  
  • We will continue to provide hands-on, interactive learning experiences. We will have students sanitize their hands, utilize individual materials (markers, white boards / manipulatives / reading texts / etc.), and we will sanitize other items  between student use.  
  • Lunch will remain in the classroom. Students will have lunch and recess according to the chart below.

 

 

LUNCH/RECESS SCHEDULE

Lunch/Recess

Time

Universal Pre-K

10:50-11:40

K/1

11:21-12:04

2/3

12:08-12:51

4/5

12:55-1:38

 

 

  • One monitor is assigned to each class.  
  • Students will have lunch and recess with their classmates, within their scheduled block.
  • Recess will continue to be socially distanced by class.