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    IP BOE, administration share updates at meeting

    The Feb. 22 meeting of the Island Park Public Schools Board of Education included updates on in-person instruction, announcements about upcoming events, details on registration and an overview of the tax levy. The meeting opened on a bright note with Student of the Month recognitions, which honored students who exhibit qualities of being principled.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School Principal Cynthia Cameron and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Dr. Bruce Hoffman announced each Student of the Month honoree and read remarks shared by their teachers. Congratulations to Ruby Porcelli (kindergarten), Anthony Alonzo-Contreras (grade 1), Vincent Garone (grade 2), Liam Fallon (grade 3), Julia O’Connell (grade 4), Gia Mosey (grade 5), Valentina Boncina (grade 6), Gianna Hidalgo (grade 7) and Anasia Rodriguez (grade 8).

    Superintendent of Schools Vincent Randazzo noted that the CDC and US administration are recommending the return of K-8 students to full in-person instruction and shared that to date, there is no scientific evidence of community spread in schools. He summarized the district’s phased-in return plan, which has successfully brought pre-k through sixth grade students back to learning five days a week in person in their buildings. Grades seven and eight will return fully to in-person instruction on March 22, dependent upon community infection rate. Masks are required to be worn by all, and sneeze guard barriers are placed on all desks.

    The shift will dissolve the district’s hybrid model; however, the remote only option will remain available for all students. A family survey has been administered to parents of seventh and eighth graders, and staff members are in touch with families in anticipation of their full return to in-person instruction.

    Looking ahead to spring, many exciting activities are in the planning phases. Fall and spring athletics are set to begin on March 22 and outdoor concerts and a socially distant Lincoln Orens theatre production will continue longstanding traditions in a reimagined way. A virtual art show will spotlight students’ talents across the grade levels.

    The meeting also included an announcement about the Universal Pre-K Program. A total of 47 students are currently enrolled for the 2021-22 school year, and a second registration period will be held on April 13 to fill the remaining 13 spots.

    With the 2021-22 school budget development under way, School Business Administrator Idowu Ogundipe explained the tax levy limit calculation and shared other budgetary information. The allowable and proposed levy for Island Park is 1.23%, which does not factor in the proposed LIPA settlement. The anticipated budget-to-budget change from 2020-21 is 0.70%. This represents the eighth consecutive year that the district’s budget has been at or below the tax levy cap and the 12th year that it has been in the 1.55% range or lower.

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    Special Business Meeting

    ISLAND PARK UFSD BOARD OF EDUCATION
    Island Park, NY
    N O T I C E

    As authorized by Executive Order No. 202.1, signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on March 12, 2020, as extended by subsequent Executive Orders, the Board of Education of the Island Park Union Free School District will hold a Special Business Meeting on March 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm at the LOMS Auditorium remotely by video-conference and/or telephone conference and the public will not be permitted to attend the meeting in person. The public will be able to view and follow the Agenda and see the actions taken by the Board on the Recommended Motions. The public will also be able to listen to the meeting in real-time via a live-stream on the District’s website as follows: go to the District’s website (http://www.ips.k12.ny.us/), select BoardDocs (located on the left- hand side of the screen), and then Meetings will appear in the center of the screen with the current meeting date. Public participation is encouraged through the email inquiries addressed to PublicBeHeard@islandparkschools.org. Questions may be submitted by Noon of the Board meeting day to the appropriate contact above to which the Superintendent, Board or staff members will reply during the Public Be Heard portion of the meeting or as soon as practicable providing individuals have included first and last names with their address. Community members attending the meeting remotely, may also make inquiries during the Public Be Heard portion of the meeting by clicking on the Raise Hand button in the participant list; the Board President will signal the district’s IT host to call on participants in the order in which the requests were received. When called upon, participants must provide first and last names as well as address. (Please note: Participants must install the Cisco WebEx meeting app on a desktop, tablet or smartphone in order to use the hand raise feature.)

    If you have any questions about accessing the meeting remotely, you can contact webmaster@islandparkschools.org or techspecialist@islandparkschools.org.

    Cindy Pastore, District Clerk

    Meeting Information

    Meeting link: https://islandparkschools.webex.com/islandparkschools/j.php?MTID=m35c3b2e9c0cdbe26fa02a88b1908cf74 

    Meeting number:132 430 3513
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    Update Playgrounds and Athletic Fields 3-1-21

    Para leer este mensaje en español, haga clic en el archivo adjunto.

    Dear Island Park Community Members,

    I am writing to share an important update regarding community use of the district’s playgrounds and athletic fields. On March 14, 2021, our clocks will “spring forward” for the beginning of daylight savings time. As a result, beginning on March 14, 2021, the playgrounds and athletic fields at Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School will close at 8:00 PM each day, Monday through Sunday. As a reminder, the playgrounds and athletic fields are closed to the public during school hours and/or during outdoor athletic practices and games. On weekends, any individual(s) observed on district property outside of the posted hours (8:00 AM –8:00 PM) will be considered trespassing, and further police action may be necessary.

    The district’s security firm has been directed to continue to closely monitor our cameras.
    Specifically, on weekends the security firm will monitor our cameras to ensure that all individuals using the district’s playgrounds and athletic fields are following all posted rules, regulations, and protocols. Any individual(s) not complying with the rules and regulations will be directed to leave the premises.

    Of particular importance are the following posted rules and regulations:

    • Beginning on March 14, 2021 playgrounds and athletic fields will close at 8:00 PM each evening
    • Playground equipment is specifically designed for children between the ages of 5 through 12
    • Children under the age of 12 must be supervised by an adult at all times
    • Bicycles and motorized equipment are not permitted on the premises
    • Large groups are not permitted based upon the current Governor’s Executive Order
    • Children and adults using the playgrounds and athletic fields must follow all posted COVID-19 Guidelines

    We kindly ask all of our families to remind their child(ren) to follow the posted rules, regulations,
    and mandatory COVID-19 protocols when using the district’s playgrounds and athletic fields so that
    they may remain open for community use.

    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

    Fondly,

    Vincent Randazzo
    Superintendent of Schools

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    Application for School Transportation 2021-22

    To the Parents/Guardians of Private and Parochial School Students:

    Residents of the Island Park School District with children who will be attending a private or parochial school during the 2021-2022 school year must submit a transportation application to the Transportation Department on or before April 1, 2021. Island Park residents must use our application as we will not accept any private/parochial school’s applications.  An application is enclosed with this letter.  It is also posted on the District’s website, www.ips.k12.ny.us and copies may be picked up at the Transportation Office.  The top of the form must be completely filled out by a parent/guardian.  The bottom of the application must then be completed, verified and signed by the school the student is attending.  Please do not delay in submitting this form, a delay in response from the school will not change a missed deadline. 

    FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FORM ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF APRIL 1, 2021 WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT BEING INELIGIBLE FOR DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR.  IF THE FORM IS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE, THE COST AND THE ARRANGEMENT FOR TRANSPORTATION WILL REST WITH THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN.

    Please be advised that enrolling a student in a school after the April 1st deadline does not constitute a reasonable excuse for the failure to submit a timely transportation request to our office. If you are awaiting acceptance from a school(s), you should complete an application prior to the April 1st deadline for each school that your child might attend.  Transportation authorization is not automatic or continuous from one school year to the next.  A request must be filled out for each individual child, each school year. (Example: If 4 children in the household are attending, then you must submit 4 applications each year).  All new residents and students who move within the Island Park School District must prove residency.  Mrs. Paula Di Lorenzo can be reached at (516) 434-2618 if you have any questions concerning the registration procedures.

    Transportation is not provided for schools over 15 miles from the student’s home.  It is understood that transportation will not be provided on the following days: Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, the day after Christmas, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.  In addition, each general election day and any day appointed by the President of the United States or by the Governor of New York may be declared public holidays and transportation will not be provided on those days, as well.  There will be no bus service for orientation days that occur prior to the Island Park School District’s opening date.  If the Island Park School District is closed for inclement weather, there will be no transportation provided for any school and that will include any private/parochial schools. If the District is operating on a delayed opening schedule all schools will be on this delay.  School closing information can be found on the District website, Facebook page and Channel 12 News.  Please refer to the District calendar for any additional information. If you have any questions, please contact this office at (516) 434-2607/2608.

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Kelly Angelo
    Transportation Supervisor
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    Island Park Public Schools
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    District Safety Plan – Posted for 30-Day Public Comment Period

    District Safety Plan – Posted for 30-Day Public Comment Period (Plan de seguridad del distrito: publicado para un período de comentario público de 30 días).

    Any question or comments regarding the District Safety Plan can be emailed to webmaster@islandparkschools.org.

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