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    March 9, 2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    As I am sure you know, the impact of Coronavirus continues to develop. The District remains in daily contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Department of Education, and the Nassau County Department of Health.

    Since my February 28 communication, the District has continued to monitor the emerging Coronavirus disease and its impact on New York State and Long Island. At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of the disease in our community or schools. The situation is evolving rapidly and the District stands ready to respond if asked to do so by health officials.

    Please know that any decisions regarding school closures will come at the request of the agencies listed above. We are awaiting additional guidance from the New York State Department of Education. Despite this unlikely event, the District has developed contingency plans in preparation for the potential impacts from Coronavirus. These plans include:

    • Short-Term Closure (three days or less): The District may be instructed to close for a short time for enhanced cleaning of facilities. Due to the mild winter, the District has not used any of the three allotted snow-closing days. If a short-term closure occurs, these three snow days will be utilized. There will be no expectations for the continuity of instruction if we are closed for three days or less.
    • Longer-Term Closure: If the District is required to close for more than three days, a plan will be shared with all parents and students regarding the continuity of instruction.

    We continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect our facilities daily in adherence to the guidelines for schools shared by the New York State Department of Health. In addition, our school nurses have been trained on identifying and reporting any potential cases of Coronavirus.

    We have developed a section on our Website to share information and updates. The section includes resources for parents and the community, fact sheets, and links to important health agencies. Please click HERE to access.

    Please know that we have no higher priority than the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. We will continue to monitor this emerging situation and share information and updates as they become available. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work together to ensure the safety of our community.

    Sincerely,

    Ralph Marino, Jr., Ed.D.

    Superintendent


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