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Principal- Leslie Handler

Welcome Back Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

I want to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. The staff and I are very excited to begin this new year. We are looking forward to seeing all of our returning students and welcoming all of our new students to the beautiful Valhalla Center campus.

Southern Westchester BOCES, along with all other school districts in the region, has been working on our district reopening plan, which is now accessible on the Southern Westchester BOCES website.  The plan provides an overarching framework that is consistent with the New York State Education Department, DCD and Department of Health guidance.  We are currently in the process of developing procedures and processes in accordance with the guidance document for the implementation of the SWBOCES plan at the Valhalla Center.

 I am aware that this past Spring and Summer has provided challenges to all of the students and their families as well as all of the staff. While this has been a difficult time there are many amazing experiences that have occurred during this time period. Students, families and staff had to face situations which caused them to rise to the occasion and develop abilities and skills that were required to participate in on line learning. When I reflect upon what each and every student has learned during this time it makes me incredibly proud to be the Principal of such wonderful accomplishments.

The current plan for the Valhalla Center for September allows for in-person instruction five days per week for all of our students. As part of our procedures we will be following the guidelines including social distancing, face coverings, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting to control potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus and specific changes in our daily routines. Some of these changes will include our arrival and dismissal procedures, meal preparation/cleanup and location, Physical Education, along with other changes to increase the safety for the students and the staff.

We have already been working with many of our students through the Spring and Summer on line learning to develop their understanding and ability to follow many of the new procedures that I am sure you have all been following at home. When students return we will work with them to adjust to the new changes that they will encounter and assist each student to make sure they are comfortable and supported during the transitions.

Should there be a need to return at any time to remote learning we are working on the preparations currently so as to be able in case this must occur based on conditions in the school or an escalation of the virus transmission in the region. The staff will work with families and caregivers to develop individualized academic schedules that will be implemented upon the initiation of remote learning.

I want to thank you for all of your assistance and support during this time.

It is a pleasure to partner with all of you and to have you trust your children to us.

We are committed to making this a successful year academically, behaviorally and social-emotionally. We are determined to provide a safe, supportive and enriching learning environment for all students.

Please remember I am always available to speak with you regarding any questions.

Take Care and Stay Safe,

Leslie Handler