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Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope you are all enjoying the first days of summer, a season I am sure we were all greatly anticipating.
I think we can agree that the end of the 2019-2020 school year has been unlike any other. Typically, during this time of year we are reminiscing about our traditional graduation and moving up ceremonies. Despite the fact that our events looked a little different this year, we were excited to celebrate our students in new and innovative ways that also allowed us to comply with social distancing guidance. I thank all those who participated in our wonderful in-person and virtual events. On the horizon are six graduation ceremonies for the Hewlett High School Class of 2020.
Although the in-person 2019-2020 school year ended somewhat abruptly, it does not diminish the vast successes and milestones of our students throughout the year. They have achieved on all stages and arenas possible, both in and out of live and remote classrooms. I cannot express the pride I feel for each one of our students for their resilience and determination to thrive in the face of adversity. They are all truly champions!
I would be remiss if I did not thank our caring and dedicated staff for helping all students reach their true potential! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents and community members for sharing in our school activities, District events, meetings, and celebrations, even though the most recent were via livestream. Your continued support of Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools is truly appreciated.
I am pleased to share that the District will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program beginning Monday, July 6 through Friday, August 21. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all children free of charge. Meals will be served from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM each weekday at Hewlett High School. Please enter through the East Rockaway Road entrance and follow directions from personnel. Kosher meals will continue to be served at Lawrence Public Schools throughout the summer. Please click HERE for more information.
In addition, childcare for first responders and health care professionals will also remain in place throughout the summer. More information on the childcare program can be found HERE.
As I shared with you previously, District staff will be hard at work this summer preparing for fall. Although we have not yet received official guidance regarding the re-opening of schools, our Re-Opening Task Force is already working diligently to ensure that our students, staff, and visitors remain safe. The Task Force has been divided into six distinct work groups that are each charged with reviewing guidance and developing recommendations surrounding their topic. These work groups include Facilities, Health and Safety, Instruction, Building Practices, Transportation, and Extra-Curricular Activities.
As you can imagine, there is much work to do, and we are energized and ready to create our re-opening plan to share with the NY State Department of Education in July. Please know that we will share our plans for fall with you once guidance has been determined and our plans approved.
In the interim, please remember to visit our Website in August for the District calendar that will list all of our important dates for the upcoming year.
It is my fervent hope that we will reunite in the fall to begin an extraordinary 2020-2021 school year together. Wishing you and your families a wonderful, safe, and relaxing summer.
Ralph Marino, Jr., Ed.D.