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    May 26, 2020

    Dear Members of the Hewlett-Woodmere Community,

    I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and that you and your family are safe and healthy.

    Last week, Governor Cuomo announced that schools are not permitted to offer in-person summer school programs. I know this is not the news that any of us were hoping to receive, but the health and safety of all our students and staff must remain paramount in all reopening decisions. As a result of the governor’s announcement, our Summer ENL, 9-12 Academic Summer School, and our Extended School Year services for students with disabilities will be offered online. Instead of our traditional Summer Playschool program, the District will be offering an online P-8 Enrichment Academy. More information will be forthcoming about these four programs.

    As we all know, the end of the school year is marked by many events, celebrations, and graduations. Our award ceremonies and honor society ceremonies will take place virtually via livestream or YouTube Premiere in May and June. Please keep an eye on our online District calendar for dates and times of all upcoming events.

    Our five moving up ceremonies/graduations will take place virtually via livestream or YouTube Premiere on the already scheduled days in June if we are not permitted to have in-person ceremonies in July or August. We are still awaiting guidance from the governor on these very important events.

    The District will continue the distribution of meals each weekday (including kosher meals from Bagel Boss) at Hewlett High School from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. In addition, kosher meals from Elite Catering will be distributed each week at select dates and times. Please click HERE for information on kosher meal distribution.

    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.