NEW ROCHELLE, NY — It will be a busy Monday as the City and School District respond to the recent spate of school violence.
New Rochelle High School will hold a series of student assemblies on Monday. This will also be a half day of school.
A controlled access posture will continue to remain in effect for the immediate future. This means that students will be prohibited from leaving the school building for lunch and free periods. While in this posture, students will not have access to the fields or exterior areas of the campus. There will also be limited points of entry to school buildings.
The assemblies will be in the Whitney Young Auditorium. Eleventh-grade students will report during first and second periods (8:15-9:07); 12th-grade students, third and fourth periods (9:11-10:03); ninth-grade students, fifth and sixth periods (10:07-10:59) and 10th-grade students, seventh and eighth periods (11:03-11:55).
Principal Reggie Richardson will review with students the updated safety protocols and procedures, including an explanation of controlled access, the police presence on campus and hall sweeps. He will also report some very creative ideas from a thoughtful and productive meeting with student leaders last Friday. Topics will include creating videos with positive depictions of the school; developing a peer mediation/conflict resolution program; and a campus-wide campaign for kindness.
He will also describe available locations for students to go during free or lunch periods. The school is making the Whitney Young Auditorium available to students during free or lunch periods, periods 4, 5 and 6. Students can do homework, talk to friends, listen to music with headphones or just relax. There will be sufficient staff on hand to supervise activities in the Whitney.
Students can also spend their periods in the cafeteria or the library (there is a maximum occupancy of 100 students). Some teachers offer extra help sessions in their classrooms during these periods.
Superintendent’s Day at New Rochelle High School will include a First Aid Session called “Stop the Bleed Training”
DHS Website: Stop the Bleed
Launched in October of 2015 by the White House, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care. According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46.
There will also be NARCAN training on how to deal with opioid overdoes and a Department of Health Meeting.
City of New Rochelle Officials are holding a North Avenue Business Roundtable on Monday, January 29 at Gemelli Pizza at 752 North Avenue in New Rochelle. There will be a media availability at 11:45 a.m.
The City of New Rochelle will host a roundtable with business owners in the North Avenue corridor. The meeting is closed to the media, but following the roundtable, City Officials will hold a media availability to discuss the immediate and long-term response to recent violent events involving students at New Rochelle High School.
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, Councilmember Jared Rice, City Manager Chuck Strome and North Avenue Business Owners will participate.