• March 2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    As you know, the District has activated its Continuity of Instruction Plan during this extended closure due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The District has sought to successfully engage its students in remote learning activities via the utilization of a number of tools and online platforms. As shared previously, instruction will vary depending on grade level and teacher and will include the following: 

    • Grades P - 5: Teachers will communicate with parents via e-mail or their established communication platform (i.e.: SeeSaw, Google Classroom) in order to share instructional materials, assignments, and/or submittal directions. 
    • Grades 6-12: Communication will flow through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, where teachers will outline the process for assessing instructional materials, completing assignments, and submitting work.

    Our initial approach to providing instruction was intentionally prepared to allow staff and students the flexibility to communicate, do meaningful work, and provide supports to the greatest extent possible.  We were very careful not to ask our staff, students, or parents to learn how to utilize new tools as we transitioned to this new, remote learning environment.  There was also significant concern about family dynamics and the rigid scheduling of students and staff.  Many of our teachers are home with their own children, with a level of responsibility for their instruction, in addition to their responsibilities they have for their Hewlett-Woodmere students.  We also have concerns about students having excessive screen time.  We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of our plan, and will make adjustments as the current crisis evolves.

     

    Please know that we will remain in ongoing contact with the appropriate agencies and keep you informed of any pertinent information we receive. In the interim, if you have any questions that are not addressed above, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

     

    Sincerely,                                                                                                       

    Mark Secaur, Ed. D.  

    Deputy Superintendent