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9/18/14 > Important Health Information on Enterovirus

Enterovirus Information

Enteroviruses are very common viruses.

Most enterovirus infections occur during the summer and fall. There are no symptoms or only mild symptoms however the current strain of virus can cause severe respiratory illness in children especially those with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions. This virus is transmitted through close contact with a person who is already infected with the virus and then touching one's mouth, nose, or eyes.

To help reduce the risk of this infection the following is recommended:

  • Individuals wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching of eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when feeling sick.
  • Use the same precautions used to prevent the spread of influenza.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to, fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and body aches. Most infected individuals have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious.

If you or your child have any such symptoms please see a healthcare provider for accurate treatment and diagnosis.

If you have further questions please contact your child's school nurse.

10/19/14 > Letter from the Superintendent
Dear Parents:

I am writing to clarify the situation regarding a proposed alternate transitional learning program in the East Ramapo Central School District.

This program was suggested to meet the needs of some older immigrant students who, through no fault of their own, find it difficult to meet requirements for graduation by the age of 21. These students are in some cases required by law to cram four years of learning into one year to graduate before they are no longer permitted to attend public high school.
At their specific request, the district began to explore the possibility of creating a new program that would, in effect, be a crash course in language skills that would allow them to enter the workforce as soon as possible.

The district consulted with state education officials, university experts as well as representatives of various community groups about the creation of a new voluntary program. There was a general consensus that creating an additional educational option for these students had merit, but then a problem arose.

At a recent board meeting, I was asked about factors influencing the school district’s dropout rate and I talked about this proposal using language that led some people to believe that I was being disrespectful to the Latino community. Many members of the community have now expressed their concerns regarding my comments.

I am profoundly sorry for this. It was not my intention to be disrespectful or insensitive to these students or to the Latino community. It was not my intention for this program to become a divisive issue. I had actually hoped that this new program would be seen as an educational innovation and that it would bring the community together.

I am to blame for not choosing my words more carefully. I sincerely apologize to all those who were offended.
I continue to believe that the school district should have a dialogue about meeting the needs of these older students. The students should be heard, and so should any and all community representatives.

In the end, a program of this kind should be implemented only if it is good for the students, and only if the community supports it.

Sincerely,


Joel M. Klein, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools



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16 de octubre del 2014
Estimados Padres:
Les escribo para aclarar la situación con respecto al programa de aprendizaje de transición alternativo que fue propuesto por el Distrito Escolar de East Ramapo Central.

Este programa fue sugerido para satisfacer las necesidades de algunos estudiantes inmigrantes de más edad, que por causas ajenas a su propia voluntad, tienen dificultad de cumplir con los requisitos para poder graduarse a la edad de 21 años. Estos estudiantes son, en algunos casos requeridos por la ley de hacer cuatro años de aprendizaje en un año, para graduarse antes de que ya no se les permita asistir a la escuela secundaria pública.

En base a su petición específica, el distrito, comenzó a explorar la posibilidad de crear un nuevo programa que en efecto, sea un curso intensivo en habilidades de lenguaje, que les permita entrar a la fuerza trabajadora tan pronto como les sea posible.

El distrito consultó con funcionarios estatales de educación, expertos universitarios, así como representantes de los diversos grupos de la comunidad, sobre la creación de un nuevo programa voluntario. Hubo un consenso general de que la creación de una opción educativa adicional para estos estudiantes tenía mérito, pero luego surgió un problema.
En una reciente reunión de la junta, se me preguntó sobre los factores que influyen en la tasa de deserción escolar del distrito escolar y hablé sobre esta propuesta utilizando un lenguaje que llevó a algunos a creer que estaba siendo irrespetuoso con la comunidad latina. Muchos miembros de la comunidad han expresado su preocupación con respecto a mis comentarios.

Estoy profundamente apenado por esto. No fue mi intención ser irrespetuoso o insensible a estos estudiantes o a la comunidad latina. No era mi intención que este programa se convirtiera en un tema divisivo. Yo realmente tuve la esperanza de que este nuevo programa sería visto como una innovación educativa y que serviría para unir a la comunidad.

Yo tengo la culpa por no elegir mis palabras con más cuidado. Pido disculpas sinceramente a todos los que se sintieron ofendidos.

Sigo creyendo que el distrito escolar debe tener un diálogo acerca del cumplimiento de las necesidades de estos estudiantes de más edad. Los estudiantes deben ser escuchados, así como cualquier y todos los representantes de la comunidad.

Para finalizar, un programa de este tipo debe implementarse sólo si es bueno para los estudiantes, y sólo si la comunidad lo apoya.

Atentamente,

Joel M. Klein, Ed. D., Superintendente de Escuelas

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16 Oktòb 2014
Paran ou Gadyen ak Mannm Kominote a:

Mwen ekri lèt sa a pou mwen klarifye sitiyasyon konsènan pwopozisyon pou nou kreye yon lòt pwogram transitional learning ke nou pwopoze nan distri lekòl East Ramapo Central School District la.

Nou te pwopoze pwogram sa a nan bi sèvi bezwen elèv Imigran ki pi aje yo ki, san se pa fòt yo, rankontre difikilte pou yo ka diploma avan ou nan limit laj 21 an. Elèv sa yo, nan sèten ka, oblije daprè la lwa boure konesans kit a dwe pran 4 lane pou aprann andedan en an sèlman pou yo ka gradye anvan yo vinn twò gran pou yo ale lekòl segondè ak lòt elèv ki pi jèn.

Kòm yo te mande sa, distri a te fè devwa li pou kòmanse eksplore posibilite pou kreye yon nouvo pwogram ki ta, an efè, yon kou solid ki ta adrese pwoblèm akizisyon lang angle a byen vit de kwa pou ran li posib pou yo antre nan mache travay la le pli vit ke posib.

Distri a konsilte avèk reprezantan ofisyèl edikasyon leta, ekspè inivèsite osi byen ke reprezantan ki nan divès gwoup kominotè sou kreyasyon yon nouvo pwogram volontè. Te genyen yon konsansis jeneral ke kreye yon opsyon edikasyonèl anplis pou elèv sa yo te gen merit, men tout swit yon pwoblèm te soulve.

Nan yon reyinyon konsèy administrasyon an ki pase tou dènyèman, Yo te poze mwen yon kesyon sou faktè enfliyanse ke anpil elèv ap kite lekòl nan distri a, Lè mwen te pale osijè de pwopozisyon sa a langaj ke mwen te itilize an pote kèlke moun à panse, menm kwè ke mwen te pale yon fason ki te derespektan à kominote Panyòl la. Anpil pèsonaj nan kominote a kounye a eksprime enkyetid yo konsènan kòmantè mwen te fè yo.

Sa reyèlman fè mwen mal. Se pat entansyon mwen di tou pou mwen te derespekte pèsonn ni pou mwne te parèt kòmsi mwen pa kè pou elèv sa yo ni kominote Panyòl la. Anplis li pat entansyon mwen pou mwen te kreye yon pwogram ki tap vinn mete divizyon. O kontrè mwen te espere ke pwogram sa a tap parèt kòm yon kreyasyon nouvo sou plan edikasyon epi li tap rapwoche kominote a.

Se mwen ki an fòt paske mwen pat chwazi mo mwen ak plis prekosyon. Mwen eskize’m devan tout moun ki te ofanse.
Mwen kontinye kwè ke distri sa a dwe gen dyalòg sou jan pou adrese bezwen elèv ki pi aje sa yo. Elèv sa yo dwe gen yon vwa menm jan ak reprezantan et tou lòt moun nan kominote sa a.

Pou mwen konkli, yon pwogram konsa dwe mete sou pye sèlman si li bon pou elèv pou li sèvi yo epi sèlman si kominote a sipòte li. Ak tout

Mèsi ak anpil onè e respè,

Joel M. Klein, ED. D., Superintendent of Schools

10/27/14 > 403(b) 2015 Contribution Limits
Click on link below to see memo regarding 403(b) 2015 Contribution Limits

11/18/14 > Board of Education - Audit Committee and Regular Meeting
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE a meeting of the audit committee (Committee of the Whole) to the East Ramapo Central School District Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, November 18th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Board room at the central administration building at 105 South Madison Ave, Spring Valley, NY.

PLEASE ALSO TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Education of the East Ramapo Central School District will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, November 18th immediately following the audit committee meeting, at which it will consider all matters lawfully coming before the board. It is anticipated that the Board may enter an executive session to discuss matters lawfully to be so considered


Date: November 14, 2014

Catherine Russell
District Clerk

11/21/14 > RHS Fall Play - The Show - Fri. Nov. 21& Sat. Nov. 22 @7:30pm

Friday November 21 and Saturday November 22
Ramapo High School
7:30pm for all nights

The Ramapo Players present "The Show". Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students.

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11/27/14 > Thanksgiving Recess (11/27- 11/28)
Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014
Thanksgiving Recess

No School for All Students

12/04/14 > SVHS Fall Play - Midsummer / Jersey - Thurs. Dec. 4, Fri. Dec. 5, Sat. Dec. 6

Thursday Dec. 4, Friday Dec. 5, Saturday Dec. 6
Spring Valley High School
7:30pm for all nights

Spring Valley High School's International Thespian Troupe #721 proudly presents "Midsummer / Jersey". Tickets are $10 at the door, $5 for Students & Senior Citizens. For more information call 845.577.6544 or go to thespiantroupe721.org

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