NWCS School Opening Day (9/11/21) – Welcome Letter, Policy, and Instructions

Dear NWCS Families,


Welcome to the 2021-2022 Northern Chinese School year! Our first day of school is on Saturday 9/11, starting at 9am. We are excited to see many of you back to school. Although it has been a very challenging situation for all of us to face in the past year and a half, we are back now and even more prepared to provide a safe environment for our kids to learn the Chinese language and culture. Please take a few minutes to read over the details below and the attached documents. You will find the protocols for our opening day, welcome letter from school, school calendar, and assigned classroom floor map.


I would like to use this opportunity to outline areas that we need your attention and help:


1). NWCS will follow Briarcliff School District health guidelines in conjunction with New York State Health Department and School Education Department -

Beginning on Monday, August 23rd and until further notice, all students, staff, and visitors must wear a mask while inside school facilities.  All students will be stationed at least three (3) feet apart while in classrooms.


Each classroom will be provided with sanitizer and wipes.  If any students or parents feel sick or not well, please stay at home and do not come to school.


Although temperature check is not mandatory by the school district, to be extra cautious, we will measure temperature periodically when students or families enter the school building.  Please use the front entrance ONLY for the ease of managing foot traffic flow.


2). Most classes will be offered in-person with a few exceptions due to teachers’ personal health considerations.  If your kids have the following schedule conflicts, please consider bringing your kids to school.  We will host classrooms for students to take online classes with counselor’s supervision.

(a). Families with multiple kids that have both in-person and online classes

(b). Students taking in-person language classes but having a online elective class – i.e. Chess, or vice versa

(c). Students who prefer to have school learning set up instead of home even for remote learning


Please bring the laptop with a headset to school for the cases listed above.



3). Instead of our regular intermission break time at 10:00 AM for all students, we will create 2 periods of break time for different age groups.

(a). 9:50 ~ 9:50 AM -> 5th grade and higher.

(b). 10:05 ~ 10:15 AM -> 4th grade and lower.


4). Our breakfast club will offer only packaged snacks/drinks and self-serve coffee/tea until further notice.  Therefore, please feel free to pack snacks or small bites for your kids to bring.


5). We will not have an open assembly this year.  Instead, we will have volunteers at the front entrance to guide families/students to their classrooms.  Please bear with us if the traffic flow is a bit slow on the first day.


Classroom Guideline


  • Kindly bring your kids to school 5-10 minutes before 9:00 AM.


  • There is no eating when inside the classroom so please make sure your kids have breakfast before arriving at school.


  • Respecting the class teacher is one of the most important traditions in Chinese culture.  We cannot stress enough of this value. Please emphasize this point to your kids at home.


Below is the classroom and teacher assignment with an indication of in-person or remote teaching.  Please review carefully along with the building map. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.


2021-22 Classroom Assignments