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TES Principal Memo (December 30): Checking-In Before Students Return

December 30, 2020

Please see the memo below from Turnpike Elementary School Principal, Ian Knox. This was sent to all Turnpike families on December 30 and contains a few things Mr. Knox wanted to check in with families about before we welcome students back to the building on January 4, 2021.

All school reopening news and COVID-19 updates can be found on the district’s Reopening Updates page here.

Turnpike Community,

I hope everyone is having a happy and safe holiday recess. All of your children have worked so hard for the first several months of school and a break such as this is much needed.

On Monday, December 14th, Dr. Abitabile sent out a memo regarding required COVID-19 testing in our district if we were designated as a “yellow zone” by NYS. As of now, we do not need to conduct any testing in our district and we plan to open Turnpike Elementary on January 4, 2021 .  We are excited to welcome your children back to school and we will work tirelessly to ensure a safe environment is provided in order to continue in-person instruction.

On January 13, 2021, a survey will be going out to all parents/guardians so that they may choose whether to keep their child in person for the third quarter (2/1/2021 - 4/16/2021) or opt them into a remote learning section. The survey will be pushed out on your child’s Chromebook.

I also want to take this opportunity to remind you to please fill out your child’s health screening each and every morning. When classes resume, a robocall will be sent out daily to remind you to do so.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at We look forward to seeing your children on Monday!

Be well,

Ian Knox