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New Rochelle Schools To Open Late To Test New Districtwide Procedures

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Students in New Rochelle will enjoy some unique “half-days” of school as district faculty and staff members conduct a dry run of certain procedures that were put in place for select situations.

Schools will open late for students on Monday, Oct. 1, “as a test run of procedures that may be employed during inclement weather and other situations.” Dismissals will be at the standard times and lunch will be served in all schools.

Officials said that for students, opening times will be staggered to allow the district to use the same yellow buses to make runs first to the high school and middle schools and later to the elementary schools. The high school and middle schools will open first because they are generally located closer to major roads, which are cleared more quickly in inclement weather.

The changes posted by the school district include:

  • Secondary Schools : Yellow buses will take over the runs of Westchester County Bee-Line buses to New Rochelle High School, Albert Leonard Middle School and Isaac E. Young Middle School. They will start their runs at 9:30 a.m. Students who normally ride the yellow vans to those schools, including special education students, will be picked up at their stops two hours later than usual. Bus runs for the two middle schools - Albert Leonard and Isaac E. Young -- will be two hours behind the usual schedule. So students can get to the stops two hours later than usual.
  • Elementary Schools: All elementary schools will open three hours later than usual. Parents and guardians are asked to bring their children to their bus stops three hours later than they usually do.
  • Pre-K: Pre-kindergarten morning classes are canceled for the day. The afternoon session will be held as usual.
  • Private and Parochial Schools : Classes and transportation runs are unchanged and will follow their usual schedules.
  • BOCES : Bus runs for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) classes will be unchanged for the day.

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