North Salem, N.Y. - The North Salem Central School District is closed now until March 31, at a minimum, after Westchester County Executive George Latimer issues an emergency declaration.

The following is from Superintendent Dr. Ken Freeston and offers more information about what this means for the community:

When Will We Reopen?

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The decision to reopen public schools in Westchester County will be determined by the county executive.  We are planning for the likelihood of being closed beyond March 31st. 

180 Day Waiver

The Governor reiterated that he will grant waivers for the required days and hours IF school districts use all available vacation and snow days first.  This is the reason why in North Salem we rescheduled all available vacation days in the calendar including spring break and Friday of Memorial Day weekend.  Unused snow days and the change of the PQ parent/teacher conference day to a student day accounts for March 23-25 at PQ. At the MSHS, we have an additional snow day, which brings us to March 23-26 as no school days.

Student Engagement with Learning

Beginning March 23rd, learning resources will be available on the school webpages as we transition to online learning.  The purpose of these materials is to reinforce skills previously taught as a means of staying connected to learning.  Should we remain closed for an extended period of time beyond March 31st, we will update you on additional online learning resources.  

Career Fair

The Career Fair scheduled for March 27th at the MSHS is canceled.

Food Pantry

We have arranged for “Feeding Westchester” to bring their mobile pantry to North Salem on Wednesday, March 18th and 25th from 9:00 - 11:00 am in the MSHS parking lot.  There will be a farmer’s market-type set-up with free food distribution for those in need.  The pantry will offer frozen food, dry pantry items, canned foods, etc…  Please bring bags if you have them, otherwise, they will be provided for you.  Anyone who needs food is welcome.

State and National Testing

Directives, recommendations, announcements regarding 3-8 State Testing, Regents, AP exams, and SATs/ACTs are being issued frequently, sometimes multiple times a day. We will keep you posted as information regarding testing is made available to us.

Technology Access 

Families who are still in need of a district device and/or Internet access should complete the technology survey found on the MSHS and PQ website under Announcements.  ONLY complete the survey if you need a device and/or Internet access.  We will let you know the date and time we will be issuing equipment in a later update.

If you are in need of WIFI, some companies are offering free service to eligible families.  Parents should contact your cable or cell phone provider for information regarding free WIFI services. 

CSE Meetings

All CSE meetings are canceled for the next two weeks.  Maria Bruen will be in contact with parents in the near future regarding rescheduling these meetings.

Athletics

Section One announced on March 16th (today) that all scrimmages and games will be postponed until March 30th where the Section One Executive Committee will re-evaluate the Spring Season.
As of today, all practices, scrimmages and games in the North Salem Schools are suspended until further notice. Captain's practices are not permitted.

Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Match 18th is canceled.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 25th.  The items on this week's agenda will be moved to the agenda on the 25th.  Time and location will be sent out in one of our next updates.