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    May 1, 2020

    Dear Members of the Hewlett-Woodmere Community,

    I hope this letter finds you and your families safe and well during this unparalleled time in our world. I know that the past seven weeks have been challenging for everyone in our wonderful community. It has changed the way we live, work, and play in ways that none of us could have possibly imagined.

    As you may have already heard, today Governor Cuomo announced that schools in New York will remain closed through the remainder of the school year. I know this is not the news that any of us were hoping to receive, but the health and safety of all New Yorkers must remain paramount in all reopening decisions. 

    Based on the extended closure, remote learning will continue for all students through June 26. The instructional guidelines that began on April 20 will remain in place through the end of the school year. Information regarding end-of-year grading and the retrieval of belongings will be forwarded under a separate cover.

    The District has a limited number of devices that will be made available to families who do not already have a District device in the home. Please know that at this time we can only provide one device per household, while supplies last. If you have not already received a device from the District, please complete the Parent Request for District Device Form by clicking HERE.  The Parent/Student IT Support Request form has been updated to include hardware repair and replacement issues as well as needs for chargers.  Please submit this form if you require a replacement device or equipment. 

    For those of you who do not have access to the Internet in your home, there is information on the website HERE that details how access can be gained from Optimum.  In addition, the high school has extended the reach of the WiFi network into the East Rockaway Road parking lot. Students from any building are welcome to come during the hours of 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday, to access our District WiFi network. To do so, please park in the first row of spots near the Pool Lobby and remain in your vehicle.

    The District will continue the distribution of meals each weekday at Hewlett High School from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Childcare for first responders and health care professionals will also remain in place throughout the school closure.  More information on the childcare program can be found HERE.

    The end of the school year is marked by many events, celebrations, and graduations. Please know there is nothing we would like more than to celebrate these achievements and milestones with our students, parents, staff, and community, however, health and safety must be our top priority. Our hope is to postpone our traditional ceremonies until July or August. We will not know if this is possible until the governor announces his decision regarding summer events at the end of May. We are currently researching alternatives that will allow us to celebrate and recognize achievements, while still adhering to the social distancing guidelines, if necessary. 

    Similarly, the decision regarding summer events will affect our Summer Playschool, Summer ENL, Academic Summer School programs, and how we provide our Extended School Year services for students with disabilities. We know that many of our families rely on these programs for both enrichment and childcare during the summer months. We will provide you with additional information as soon as it is received.

    We are also awaiting information on school budget voting across the state. As you recall, the original May 19 date for school budget voting has been postponed. We will share information regarding voting with you when it becomes available.

    On behalf of everyone here at Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools, please know that we miss seeing the students, parents, staff, and community each day. We all look forward to the time when we can be together again. Until that wonderful day, we wish you good health and peace.


    Warm regards,

    Ralph Marino, Jr., Ed.D.