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Principal's Weekly Message (The Week of November 16)

The Petrides School


The Week of November 16, 2020 


Dear Parents, 

As you may have heard, NYC's coronavirus positivity rate is now above 2%.   NYC Public Schools will close if that number hits 3.  The Chancellor sent an email last night advising us to prepare for the possibility of a temporary closure.   Our current organizational structure should allow us to transition to fully remote smoothly, as your children will continue to work with their current teacher(s).  We will provide updates as we have information to share.   


Parent-Teacher Conferences 

Teachers have completed a detailed Progress Report for every student.  Parents of elementary school students who attend in-person learning will receive this document in their child’s back pack.  Progress Reports will be mailed home to remote only elementary school students and to ALL middle and high school students.   


Parent Teacher Conferences will be conducted, virtually, throughout next week.  Teachers have been/will be in touch to arrange to “meet” with you at a convenient time to discuss your child’s participation and progress in learning this school year.   Please be aware of the following:  Thursday, November 19th is a half day of school.  Students will be dismissed at 10:30 am. 



School spirit face masks now available!!!  Check out our website: and click on the Online Pay! tab to select your mask.  Straps are adjustable so that mask can be worn by child or adult.   



As you may be aware, the State launched a cluster action initiative to mitigate higher than average COVID-19 transmission in communities around the state. Per the State’s zone designations, our school is determined to be located in a geographic area identified as a “precautionary zone” (“yellowzone”).  As a result, we will be undergoing random COVID-19 testing on a weekly basis.  Please see attached letter for more specific details and to submit consent form for your child(ren)’s testing.   


Here’s what’s happening next week: 



MONDAY 11/16 

Cohort A students report to school 


TUESDAY 11/17 

Cohort A students report to school 




Cohort B students report to school 


7:00 pm (Virtual) PTA General Membership Meeting  



Cohort B students report to school 


HALF DAY of SCHOOL – 10:30 am dismissal time for all students  


FRIDAY 11/20 

Cohort B students report to school  


Enjoy the weekend! 



Joanne Buckheit 



Yellow Zone Letter