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A Letter to VES Families

Hello VES Families,

 There have been many substantial changes to the elementary schedule this week that I would like to share with you.  As we have stated from the beginning, all plans for the reopening of schools are fluid as we are continuously revisiting all options to best meet the needs of our school community.  

 The following information will be shared in Mr. Macri’s Thursday update, but we wanted to get this information out as soon as possible.  

  • The elementary school’s start time will now be pushed back 1 hour, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.  Drop off will begin at 9:30 and instruction for students will begin at 9:45. There will be no change to the dismissal time.
  • The fifth grade will now be housed back at the elementary school campus.  Students in fifth grade will follow the new elementary school start time. These changes were possible due to the number of requests from families for their children to engage in remote learning.  
  • The one hour delay for students will allow for specials (art, music, P.E., library) to be offered in a ten week rotation. Physical Education will be offered the first 10 week and last 10 weeks of the school year, which allows for classes to be held outside during the warmer months.

 We understand that this may have an impact on your household, but have found that this is the best option to meet the needs of in-person learning.  

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Vivenzio by email at  To modify your transportation requests, please contact Mrs. Potts by email at or by phone at 518-765-2382 ext. 508.

We do not plan on any other substantial changes to the placement of grade levels or instructional start times of elementary students.