Dear Parents and Guardians,
As a follow-up to my message from Saturday, I want to update you on our preparations for dealing with issues related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). I want to emphasize that as of now, there are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 among our students or staff; however, we continue to prepare in the event that we are directed to close by the Nassau County Department of Health.
Please be assured that the DOH will be notifying me directly should there be any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. At the Governor’s directive, we would be mandated to close school for 24 hours. That time would allow the DOH to conduct further investigation and determine if schools must close for additional days.
While we are maintaining a normal in-school routine as much as possible, below are additional precautionary steps we are taking starting tomorrow, March 13 to April 19th:
- All field trips are cancelled.
- All activities will end by 5:30p.m. Principals will contact parents with information about particular programs and services affected by this change. We will use this additional time to clean and disinfect on a daily basis, which is more effective with fewer people in the buildings. No visitors will be admitted after this time each day. Primary and elementary buildings will close at 6:30p.m., once afterschool childcare ends.
- After school large group gatherings and assemblies, including concerts, drama productions, etc. are being postponed or cancelled. This includes canceling our Middle School production this Friday evening and Saturday.
- The SAT administration on Saturday, March 14, has been canceled.
- All use of facilities to outside groups is suspended.
- Club meetings and practices may continue until 5:30p.m.
- Specific changes to our athletic schedule will be communicated to you by Ms. Cerrone. As of Friday, March 13th, Section VIII has decided to cancel the remainder of the Middle School Winter II Athletic Season.
In the event we were directed to close by the DOH, I have met with all district and building-level administrators to map out a contingency learning plan that involves the use of various e-learning applications for students. These applications will be tested by our teachers over the next several days. They will also review these virtual platforms with students in class.
Since this is an unprecedented situation for all school districts, I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding in the event we have to close our schools. While I believe virtual learning can never replace our students experience inside of a classroom, our goal will be to ensure continuity of instruction for our students as they continue to learn (just in a different way).
As this is a rapidly-changing situation, I will continue to keep you updated on any important developments. Please know the health and safety of our students and staff are at the forefront for us all. Again, thank you for your cooperation and patience during this time.
Kusum Sinha, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools