Message from Ms. GM 3/16/2020 - Distance Learning

  • Dear Irvington Families,
    We hope that you are doing well and are all safe at home with your families and loved ones. These are challenging times, but we are confident that the Bulldogs will rise to those challenges and come through stronger than ever!
    To that end, this message is intended to provide updates related to learning during this extended closure, access to the high school building for necessary materials and information related to how students and families might look to access support from the district in the event that needs arise.
    Distance Learning:
    Irvington High School will be providing learning opportunities for students digitally over the next several days. If you require support in accessing technology, the district may be able to provide you with a chromebook/internet access. If you feel you will need to access this support, please reach out to Gina Menendez at
    Teachers and faculty have prepared  materials to reinforce skills and knowledge on their Google Classroom pages that will support students for the next five days. During that time, the expectation is that each student will log in and complete the work provided by each teacher.  Our expectation is that students will continue to connect with their teachers via email and/or Google Classroom and that they bring any questions or concerns to the teacher’s attention.  
    Between March 18th through March 24th, teachers will be providing learning activities designed to maintain current levels of academic skill.  We anticipate that beginning on Wednesday, March 25th, instruction on new material will begin via a learn-from-home approach. On this date we will shift from maintaining learning to moving students forward with the established curriculum to best of our ability. Students will be expected to engage in learning each day through a variety of activities that may include live as well as asynchronous instruction. 
    This is a new frontier; we ask for your patience and partnership.  Please engage in direct communication with your teachers related to how instruction is going from your perspective during this time.  
    Building Access:
    Irvington High School will be open on Tuesday, March 17th from 10am-1pm for students/families needing to get access to any materials or instruments they may need during this period. Parents who need to pick up any of their child's mediation or medical supplies that is stored in the nurse's office are asked to email the Nurse Basha at  Medication retrieval must happen between 10:00-11:00 am.  Medications will only be released to a parent or guardian.  Please refrain from bringing other family members with you limit to the interactions among school community members. 
    In order to minimize interactions and provide safe access, the building will be made available to families on the schedule provided below.  Please note that we will enforce social-distancing expectations and students will not be permitted to congregate.  
    Ms. Colman’s students (Last Names A-C): 10:00am-10:45am
    Ms. Attenello’s students (Last Names D-J): 10:45am-11:30am
    Mr. Lund’s students (Last Names K-P): 11:30am-12:15pm
    Ms. Kruge’s students (Last Names Q-Z): 12:15am-1:00pm
    *Medication pick-up is for all students is between 10:00am-11:00am.  
    If your family has been exposed and/or are not feeling well we respectfully request that you not come to school so as to avoid exposure to others.
    Other Supports:
    We know that these are challenging times and stressors like the ones we’re experiencing may push other concerns to surface. Should you or your child be experiencing any level of need for social or emotional support, know that the team is prepared to help in any way possible. School counselors, psychologists (Kelly Murphy/Noreen Sabia), our Student Assistance Counselor (Danielle Gamar) and our district Social Worker (Gina Menendez) are easily accessible by email during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of your associated partners in the high school to help find solutions to whatever concern you or your student(s) may be facing. 
    In closing, while it’s clear that the next few days will pose challenges for us all, we would do well to think of the days beyond. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “With the new day, comes new strength and new thoughts.” We’re Bulldogs, there is nothing that we can’t overcome!
    Best always,
    Juliet and Matt