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     Welcome to the 2020-2021

    School Year!

    Student Start and Ending Time: 9:15 AM - 3:28 PM  


    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Today, a student from Mt. Marion was designated positive for COVID-19. The student was last in attendance on October 20, 2020. As a result of this case and 2 prior cases, 25 students and 15 staff members have been identified to be in proximate contact with these individuals and are now mandated to quarantine for 14 days from the last day of exposure. The school has notified these individuals already and the Ulster County Department of Health will be following up. If you did not receive a phone call, your child was not considered to be in proximate contact with the student designated positive. 

    The student designated positive will remain in isolation in accordance with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidelines (see page A-2 of the NYSDOH Toolkit), which is available at As a reminder, due to many privacy laws, we are unable to identify the individual who was designated positive for COVID-19. 

    Due to the high number of faculty and staff who have been mandated to quarantine at Mt. Marion Elementary School, we have made a determination to pivot the building to 100% remote learning through November 4, 2020. We are planning to return to our hybrid model of in-person learning at Mt. Marion Elementary School on November 5, 2020. Please be advised that this adjustment to remote-only learning does not impact the remaining schools in the district (they will continue with in-person learning). 

    The classroom teacher and/or building principal will provide more information to families regarding the instructional schedule during this period of remote instruction. More information is available at

    While the building is closed, it will undergo an extensive cleaning and disinfecting process. The District will continue to work closely with the Ulster County Department of Health and follow all guidance provided in order to ensure our students and staff are safe.

    As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that COVID-19 spreads mainly from having close contact with someone who has a COVID-19 infection. This virus can be spread by people without symptoms. This is why wearing a mask, social distancing, and frequent hand washing/sanitizing is so important.

    Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus and include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, the new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. It is essential that if your child has any of these symptoms related to COVID-19, that they stay home from school. Consult with your child’s doctor for advice whenever needed. 

    We continue to urge vigilance and responsibility. The only way to prevent the spread of this virus is by taking precautions and personal responsibility for your interactions. We are in this together. 


    Kirk Reinhardt


    UPDATE: 10/5/2020

    Cohort A - Students whose last name begins with A-K will report on Mondays and Thursdays.

    Cohort B - Students whose last name begins with L-Z will report on Tuesdays and Fridays.

    Wednesday will be designated as 100% remote learning for all students.

    Please note:

            ● There are exceptions to this for students who have different last names but are in the same households, and to meet the needs of our programming to provide services.

    IMPORTANT: Please have your child wear earbuds/earphones if they are in a live google meet. It minimizes noise and feedback as teachers are teaching live.

    Arrival: 9:00 - 9:15 School officially begins at 9:15 AM Staff will greet students and direct them to the appropriate entrance. All students must follow the COVID-19 guidelines required by the New York State Department of Health. This includes wearing masks while riding the bus and during school except for designated times throughout the day (ex. lunch and outdoor socially distanced classes and activities). All walkers and vehicle drop off students must also follow these guidelines as soon as they enter school property.


    8/28 UPDATE:  Teacher assignments are on their way!  Letters were mailed 8/28 and families will receive their letter soon.  After receiving your letter, please email your child's teacher with the contact information requested in the letter so teachers can do the following:

    • Make contact with students and share Google Classroom codes for the first day of remote learning.
    • Make direct contact with students and their families so they can answer questions.
    • Provide a schedule and updated supply list.
    • Scheduling an in-person or virtual teacher meeting.
    • Arranging for material/textbook pick-up.

    Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.  As always, I appreciate your flexibility and support. Stay healthy!


    Mrs. Kelder



    Mrs. Carole A. Kelder, Principal 

    Ms. Karen Krzywonos, Secretary

    Mt. Marion Elementary School’s mission is to establish a positive and safe learning environment where students are inspired and given the opportunity to reach their greatest potential in order to become compassionate and responsible citizens.



    Mt. Marion Elementary School is a respectful community that is committed to academic excellence and values hard work and service to others.