NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – With a partial ceiling collapse at Daniel Webster Elementary School displacing students until the end of the year, New Rochelle schools and government officials have been busy making arrangements at the Holy Family School as they get ready to start the academic year.
Infrastructure issues at Webster have led to district-wide inspections, and a series of headaches for schools officials, who have had to scramble to get students situated in recent weeks.
With schools set to open on Wednesday, several parking changes have been made in the area to increase student safety. According to City Manager Charles Strome III, Mayflower Avenue, between Clove Road and Webster Avenue will be designated for staff parking only on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Additionally, Clove Road and Mount Joy from Mayflower to the end of school property will be designated as pick-up and drop-off zones between 8 and 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays. Mayflower Avenue in front of the church will be used for school bus drop-off and pick-ups only. Parking on the opposite side of the street will be prohibited during arrival and dismissal times.
Police units will be assigned to the area to assist with traffic flow during the trial period. Special signage has been put up in the area, alerting motorists about the changes.
“These temporary changes will provide some parking for the Webster School and the least possible impact on the surrounding neighborhood,” Strome noted. “We appreciate the patience and support of all involved as we work through this in the coming weeks.”
While students are attending Holy Family, they will adhere to their normal Webster schedule, with school starting at 8:25 a.m. and dismissal at 3:15 p.m. Bus service will remain unchanged, though any student that lives a mile and a half from the new location will now be eligible. Osborne said that Principal Melissa Passarelli will touch base with parents regarding where “children should be dropped off, picked up and other relevant contact information for the school and room locations.”
The afterschool YMCA program that is normally held at Webster will continue in the new wing of the school that has already been deemed safe for inhabitation. There will be transportation from Holy Family to Webster immediately after school.
The examination into Webster’s infrastructure and the rest of the district’s buildings is ongoing. Any questions can be directed to WebsterQA@nredlearn.org, with answers posted on the district website.
“The school district and city government worked together to develop a plan that aims, as well as possible, to balance different needs, minimize impacts, and, most importantly, ensure that New Rochelle’s kids get the educational experience they deserve,” Mayor Noam Bramson noted.
“But there is at least one reason to feel good about all of this, because it’s shown our community’s ability to come together quickly and effectively to address a pressing need.”
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