Student & Family Resources
Here are handy links to some key resources and documents to help you find your way. Please reach out to staff members at any time with any additional questions you may have.
New Roots Charter School Reopening Plan
Developed in accordance with Department of Health guidelines, our plan integrates best practices for safety with opportunities for our students to learn in all of the ways that make a New Roots education unique and compelling.
COVID-19: Tompkins County Health Department
Tompkins County Health Department is a great source for local guidance and updates to support us in managing the health and well-being of our community with COVID-19 in Tompkins County.
SchoolTool provides easy access to current information to keep students and parents informed and connected to teachers and staff. With Schooltool you can easily e-mail teachers with a click of a button, access grades, in-progress averages, and assignment grades as well as view attendance and discipline history for your student.
The Student Handbook describes how our mission and vision translate into practice. It is intended to be a starting point, and each year our growth and development as a school community will be reflected in this document. Addendums of the Handbook will be published as needed to keep you abreast of our development.
Our core academic courses focus on four traditional subject areas: science, social studies, literacy, and mathematics. Students gain essential skills and knowledge while investigating critical sustainability and social justice questions and themes. Traditional learning will dovetail with a “whole earth approach” to motivate students to make concrete changes in their communities.
New Roots students engage in a four-year sequence of courses in each core curriculum area: Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, and English. Themes and essential questions provide opportunities for integration across disciplines. Interdisciplinary community-based projects draw on all core subject areas, with arts instruction infused throughout the curriculum.
The Monday – Friday daily schedule at New Roots starts at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm, except Wednesdays when students have early dismissal at 2:30pm. The academic calendar resembles the ICSD calendar with a few exceptions.
Our School Wellness Policy is based on nutrition science, public health research, and existing practices from exemplary states and local school districts around the country, which meet the federal requirement.
District Safety Plan
Every school in New York is required to have an Emergency Response Plan in accordance with State of Education Department guidelines. The plan outlines building annexes and exit plans in the event there is an emergency or safety issue.
Farm to School Meal Program
Our Farm to school lunch program is nothing like the school lunches parents may recall from high school!
All students enjoy a FREE breakfast and lunch featuring locally-sourced ingredients from our Farm to School
meal program, every day!