The Board of Education of the South Orangetown Central School District will convene a special meeting at 7:30AM on Tuesday, July 27 at which time it is anticipated that the Board will move immediately into Executive Session to discuss matters pertaining to a particular individual. The public meeting will reconvene at approximately 7:45AM. The meeting will be held in Room 309 at the South Orangetown Middle School, 160 Van Wyck Road, Blauvelt, NY.
District-Wide School Safety Plan
Posted July 15, 2021
The South Orangetown Central School District Board of Education shall review the 2021-2022 District-Wide Safety Plan for adoption at the August 17, 2021 Board meeting. View the 2021-22 District-Wide School Safety Plan. The public may submit their comments/questions regarding the plan to [email protected] by August 16, 2021.
School (Building Level) Emergency Response Plans Summary
Posted July 15, 2021
The South Orangetown Central School District Board of Education shall review the 2021-2022 School Emergency Response Plans for each school building for adoption at the August 17, 2021 Board meeting. Due to the sensitive information contained in these plans, only the summary below is available for the public to submit their comments/questions to [email protected] by August 16, 2021.
The South Orangetown Central School District has developed and maintains confidential School Emergency Response Plans (a.k.a. School Tactical Plans) for each of its schools. These plans include sensitive information unique to each school (i..e building floor plans, evacuation sites, master class schedules, etc.) and therefore only a summary of the plans shall be made available to the public; this overview will serve to meet this requirement. Included in each school’s plan is a building-level school safety team which is appointed annually by each building principal. The teams included the following:
● Representatives of teacher, administrator, and parent organizations
● School safety personnel
● Other school personnel (i.e. facilities and medical)
SOCSD Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act Funding Proposal
Posted July 1, 2021
As stated during the 2021-22 budget presentation, the District has been allocated $2,169,755.51 from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act – Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. This is a grant-funded program better known as the CRRSA ESSER Monies. The District will be spending these funds based on the draft plan that was previously presented to parents and community members. The majority of this grant is targeted to provide services and supports to students to address learning loss and regression and mental health at all four schools. These supports will run in the summer and throughout the school year and allow every student an opportunity to participate.
- The District has specifically targeted monies to provide additional support for students in the area of reading at the elementary levels.
- The District is also looking to provide ongoing access to the new instructional tools that students learned to use and found highly engaging, including those for social emotional learning.
- SOCSD is also seeking to recoup monies expended related to COVID-19 including, but not limited to, cost of required health and safety training, contact tracing, daily screening tools, cleaning supplies and provision of free school meal service.
- The District will also recoup monies incurred by purchasing technology equipment for staff and students.
- In addition, SOCSD has also been allocated $299,092 through the CRRSA’s Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER 2) Fund, another grant-funded program.
The CRSSA GEER monies are targeted to:
- Provide direct support for academic needs at the secondary level through the creation of a student academic support center where students can drop in to request assistance at any time during the day. This will be partnered with the new Tappan Zee High School Counseling Center.
- To provide additional reading support at the secondary level.
The Board of Education is currently reviewing school district policies. Click here to go to the Policies Under Review webpage.
The Rockland County Department of Health posts information regarding upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics for those ages 12+ on its website at rocklandgov.com/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19.
District & Community Events
Scroll down to view Events (one-time activities) and Programs. Click here for e-Backpack submission guidelines. Click here to go to the PTA webpage for PTA and TZ Red & White events, activities and updates.
The Rockland YMCA will resume before and after school childcare programs for South Orangetown students starting September 2021. For information or to register, visit the YMCA’s School Age Child Care webpage or call (845) 727-1037.
The Town of Orangetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting special outdoor events in addition to its regular programming. Please click on this link to view spring programs and find out more about Bike NY, a learn-to-bike program; Movies in the Park, a Friday night movie series; Orange Bike Road, a family biking event; and Gone Fishing, a catch-and-release learn to fish program.
Preschool Storytime in the Park
Ages 3-5 years: Join us outdoors for stories, songs, and more. Register at tappanlibrary.org.
Baby/Toddler Storytime in the Park
Ages infants to 2 years: Have fun with your little one in the park. Register at tappanlibrary.org.
Preschool Storytime (Virtual)
Ages 3-5 years: Enjoy picture books and have fun singing and dancing. Register at tappanlibrary.org.
Baby/Toddler Storytime (Virtual)
Ages infants to 2 years: Shake your sillies out with puppets, scarves, and a short book. Register at tappanlibrary.org.
Storywalk in Tallman State Park
June 21 – August 8
Take a walk at Tallman Mountain State Park and read a children’s book at the same time! Our StoryWalk® features Richard T. Morris’s Bear Came Along—a story about animals who find community and joy on a wild river adventure. As you take a short walk, you’ll follow numbered sign posts that display pages of the book. Everyone who finishes the StoryWalk® will have a chance to win a copy of the book. Register at palisadeslibrary.org.
Orangeburg Library’s Virtual Summer Reading Program: Tails & Tales
Starts Tuesday, June 22
This year we will be using READsquared to track books, reviews, and minutes read. Earn points, collect special badges and earn prizes as you read. Register at www.orangeburglibrary.org.
Crazy 8s in the Park
Wednesdays, 3:00PM (starts June 30)
Grades K-2: Crazy 8s is a fun, hands-on way to explore math through play. Each week, children will experiment with bouncy dice, glow sticks, and more. Kids should attend the entire 8-week program. Register at tappanlibrary.org.