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Dear Community, 

Greetings from 95th Street! For the past few months, we have been immersed with educating ourselves about all aspects of health and safety during COVID-19, in regard to our children, parents, teachers, and staff, so that we have a well-informed plan for re-opening this September. As of now, in accordance with NYS, NYC, and DOH guidelines, we are planning to begin the year with in-person learning. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and regulations and will be ready with a hybrid and a remote plan should circumstances require it.    
 
We will be hosting a series of mandatory Zoom sessions next week, beginning August 3rd, to inform you of the plan in detail, including specifics as to how the children will be grouped. These sessions will be followed up with individual meetings. In the meantime, the school continues to prepare for reopening with renovations to the space, including opening up the wall between two classrooms on the second floor, the installation of additional hand-washing stations, and consultations with environmental and HVAC professionals to optimize our system’s capacity for fresh air circulation and filtration. Additionally, over the last few months, we have taken steps to sanitize the building as per CDC and City and State Department of Health guidelines.  We will also have scheduled a professional deep cleaning before the teachers arrive for their orientation and the children arrive for the start of school the week of September 7.  We will continue these protocols going forward.
 
This has and continues to be a challenging and anxiety-provoking time. Together, we have navigated months of learning and support for each other. Safety and health, both physical and mental, will always be our priority. We are very fortunate to be a smaller community with dedicated teachers, staff, parents, students, and Board of Trustees. I am heartened by the knowledge that we all will commit to following protocols and agreements, whether we like it or not, to the best of our ability, for the greater good-- having our children attend in-person school. 
Janet C. Rotter
Head of School
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