BOE Meeting Highlights October 6, 2021

BOE MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

October 6, 2021 

(The entirety of this meeting can be viewed on this NPCSD YouTube Channel

 https://youtu.be/2X_0cnb1VvQ?t=828 

 **Superintendent Angela Urbina-Medina announced that the District will hold a “VAX to School” Program on Saturday, October 23, at the New Paltz High School (NPHS). All students ages 12 and up who wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may receive it. More information will be going out to parents and families shortly.

 **The District has now entered its second week of COVID-19 testing of students and staff. We have found no current positive cases through our testing. The option is still open for parents and families to have their students tested. The test administered by the District is a non-invasive nasal swab that is quick and painless. Please visit the “COVID-19 Information and Resources Page” on the District website to opt into this program.

 **Superintendent Urbina-Medina urges parents and families to be extra vigilant when checking their children for other viral infections this fall. We are seeing an uptick of students being sent home for garden-variety illnesses such as colds and non-COVID viral infections. If children have any symptoms of viral infection or cold/flu, please keep them at home.

 **The New Paltz Central School District’s Director of Student Support Services, Ricki Butler, presented the “Student Support Services Counseling Plan.” This plan was initially implemented during the 2019-2020 school year but was updated and revised over the last two years. New York State mandates that all public school districts have a mental health plan and a social-emotional learning plan. The NPCSD Advisory Council comprises members of our student support services team, with student voices also involved. Our K-12 plan is a comprehensive one, featuring many programs and services in place at each building and grade level. Ms. Butler will continue to work with Dr. Janety Encarnacion, our Director of Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education, to maintain and improve services and programs for all students.

 **Glenn LaPolt, the Chair of the District’s Legislative Action Committee, reported that the committee spoke about several bills under discussion in our region, including the Cahill Bill, which focuses on disentangling school funding from property taxes. Also discussed was State Aid funding over the next two years and funding for COVID-19 testing.

 **Teresa Thompson, Chair of the District’s Facilities Committee, reported that the committee is exploring changes to the Field Usage and Facilities Request Form. The District has asked the SED to expedite our permit to install the Amphitheatre sails. The sails have not yet arrived but are expected soon. Our Facilities Director reported that the District is fully stocked up on all necessary COVID supplies for the coming months. He also stated that the air quality and ventilation in all buildings meet SED standards and, in most cases exceed, SED standards. The Facilities Committee will be discussing ways to best communicate this information to staff, families, and students since there may be some concern as the winter months approach.

 **The District’s Policy Committee will be working on a Board of Education Code of Ethics in the coming months.

 **Congratulations to the following students and staff who were appointed to the District’s Racial Equity Initiative Advisory Committee (REIAC). Students: Bentley McNulty, Sisa Castellanos, Suri Castellanos. Staff: Laura Bryant. We thank you and appreciate your dedication to this vital work in our District.

 **Other Discussion: Board President Bianca Tanis reported that the Board of Education held an informative Board Retreat last month through NYSSBA (New York State School Boards Association) on the topic of District Goal Setting. Another retreat on the same subject is planned for this month.

 The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 20, at 6:30 PM. Location to be announced.