Letter from our Principal

Dear Parents / Guardians -

I am writing to share information about the Center for Career Services (CCS) for the 2020-21 School Year. Planning for this year looked a bit different from previous school years since we are faced with a new challenge. But our Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers are problem solvers by nature, and I am proud of the work we have done to prepare for technology­ supported instruction and to promote a safe school learning environment.

Our Board of Education recently approved a revised School Calendar moving our student start date to Monday, 9/14/2020. This gives our staff additional planning time as we continue to prepare for our students to arrive and as we finalize some of the logistics around our opening.

I ask that you take time to review the SWBOCES Reopening Plan on our website, and subsequent addendums , which can be accessed  on  our  main page at www.swboces.org. Please note  that  the plan  was  created at  the District  level,  not the  building level. Our responsibility at the CCS was to take that District-level plan, once it was NYSED-approved, and develop guidance around it as it relates to the day-to-day operation of the CCS.

We usually share campus-wide procedures with our students through a student orientation on campus once the students return, and then by sending a Student Handbook home for parents/guardians to review and sign off on. These two tasks will be done virtuallyIdigitally this year—the orientation will occur through Zoom (students only) and the Student Handbook will be shared through Google Classroom for your review. This year's Student Handbook will also include an addendum of items that relate specifically to additional protocols put in place in accordance with CDC, state Department of Health, and NYSED guidelines.

These procedures include, but are not limited to:

  • Daily student temperature screenings & weekly health screenings
  • Required use of facial coverings and social distancing
  • Reduced class sizes & modifications to student arrival & dismissal procedures
  • Limited movement between buildings, class rooms, & offices
  • Increased use of Zoom, Google Meet, digital textbooks, Google Classroom, & other digital resources
  • Additional nursing procedures and
  • Increased cleaning & sanitation protocols

I understand that the above procedures as well as the current educational environment we are in may cause some areas of concern and prompt some questions. So, I have planned a series of Parent Informational Meetings via Zoom, the first of which is scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM.

Information on signing up for this meeting and any future meetings, as well as how to join the Zoom meetings will be forwarded to you once you RSVP at this link. We are planning to keep these meetings to a manageable size to allow for a Q&A, so if you are unable to attend the above meeting  you  will  be given a  future date and time. Please frequent the CCS website for continuous updates.

If you have any specific questions or concerns, please reach out to me directly at jmatera@swboces.org or by calling (914) 761-3400. I appreciate all the feedback, comments, and questions I have received  to date - as the  information  is  extremely helpful to have as we continue to finalize our CCS guidance. Thank you.

James Matera
Principal

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Education and career training are what students get at the Center for Career Services in Valhalla. We offer classes in a variety of career and technical disciplines for students seeking to develop skills that will lead to rewarding, high-demand careers. 

Bell Schedule

Morning Session

8:25 AM to 10:55 AM 
Buses leave CCS at 11:00 AM

Afternoon Session

 11:55 AM to 2:25 PM
Buses leave CCS at 2:30 PM

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