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Over the summer, we decided not to use one of our classrooms due to an odor that permeated the room. We were unable to locate the source of the smell in the basement or within the classroom itself. When we went to investigate the crawl space in the attic, we discovered that we had no access to that area. This requires us to cut a hole into the classroom ceiling so we can investigate the area in the hopes of discovering the source of the smell, mitigate the cause, and restore the classroom back to regular use. As a precaution, we had the ceiling tile, and glue that holds the ceiling tiles to the ceiling tested for Asbestos. The test results came back positive.  Asbestos in the glue, or in other solid, when undisturbed, is not necessarily a concern. However, in particle form, the inhalation of these particles is potentially hazardous. As a result, we will have a professional environmental service coming into the school to create access into the attic area and abate the Asbestos in the area that we disturb. This work will occur on Friday, October 20, 2017, when students are not in school and faculty and staff are at professional development off-campus. Additionally, we are working with our architects to make sure we mitigate any Asbestos concerns after the access hole is cut and panel is installed. We may take further steps, depending on our investigation in the attic. If we determine that we need to fully abate the classroom to rectify the smell issue, we will do this work later in the year again when students, faculty, and staff are not in the building. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Posted by gloverd41  On Oct 17, 2017 at 2:32 PM
Seeking Nominations and Applications for the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award Every day, thousands of teachers across the State of New York are making a difference in the lives of children. These teachers hold high expectations and academic goals for each one of their students, fostering critical thinking, cultivating creativity, and instilling a love of learning. They are eager learners who pursue meaningful professional development throughout their careers. ?This year, Governor Cuomo will award 60 teachers from across the state to receive the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. Awardees will receive a stipend of $5,000 for continued learning and professional development, and have the opportunity to directly advise education policy makers. To apply for the award, or to nominate an exceptional teacher, visit:
Posted by gloverd41  On Apr 28, 2017 at 8:37 AM
This morning, we conducted our second required lockdown drill for the school year. This drill included an evacuation of the building, loading of the busses in an alternate location, and our annual emergency go-home drill. The drill did take longer than planned. We appreciate everyone's patience as we completed the exercise. Again, our faculty, staff, and students did a fantastic job! Enjoy the long, Veteran's Day weekend!
Posted by gloverd41  On Nov 10, 2016 at 12:48 PM
This morning, Thursday, November 3rd, the Salem Central School District held its first lock down drill of the school year. The purpose of this first drill was to focus on faculty, staff, and student be out of earshot, out of sight, and in a secure location. Once the lock down drill was initiated, administrative teams went to each classroom to check on these items and gave immediate feedback to students and teachers on the things they did well and the things they could do to improve. You should be very proud of your students! They performed exceedingly well. Once a room was checked, they were allowed to continue regular instruction in the classroom until the drill was completed. The entire event lasted approximately 30 minutes for faculty, staff, and students. New state regulations require four (4) lockdown drills in total for the school year; one per quarter. We will complete our second lockdown drill before the Christmas break and the last two (2) drills in the spring. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Thank you for your continued support of our school as we work to maintain a safe learning environment for all.
Posted by gloverd41  On Nov 03, 2016 at 11:43 AM
As you may know, New York State recently mandated that all public schools test their water to verify that the water is safe for students. Specifically, schools are required to test all water access points to verify that the amount of lead in the water is at a safe level (less than 15 parts per billion).   We completed our water testing at the end of last month and recently received our test results for the District. In all our buildings on campus, we had 61 access points test above the maximum limit allowed to be considered safe for drinking. We tested a total of 198 locations. The high lead areas are mainly in the main building and include classroom sinks, science lab worktables, and showerheads in the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms. A detailed report will be posted to our website.   All areas of concern are signed or shutoff as appropriate. We are working on resolving the problem areas, which mainly involves replacing fixtures where the lead tests were high. We also notified, or will notify, the appropriate local and state agencies as required.   We continue to make the safety a priority at our school. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Posted by gloverd41  On Nov 02, 2016 at 4:23 PM
The State Education Department is asking schools to let parents know that they are working to update the parent listserv beyond PTA type organizations.  Any parent who wishes to  sign up to receive the latest updates from the State Education Department may join.  By subscribing to this list, they  will receive a monthly newsletter, News and Notes, and other important updates from Commissioner Elia and the State Education Department.   Follow these directions to subscribe to the parent listserv:   ·Send an e-mail message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NYSED.GOV ·The body of the message must read: SUBSCRIBE PARENTS <Your Name> Example: SUBSCRIBE PARENTS Jane Smith ·You will receive an email confirming your subscription 
Posted by gloverd41  On Sep 22, 2016 at 2:25 PM
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