March 31, 2020
I hope this finds you and your family well and navigating these difficult times successfully.
Last week, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.11 extending the closing of school until April 15, 2020. Upon first read, most of my colleagues agreed that this order permitted us to continue instruction until April 8 and then commence our Spring Recess on April 9. However, further questions from educators around the state led to the New York State Education Department to issue guidance last evening to school districts. The most pertinent directive in the Executive Order from the governor is the following:
Districts must continue to provide remote instruction for students, meals for students, and child care for essential workers every weekday between April 1, 2020 and April 14, 2020, even if the district is scheduled to be on spring break during that time.
I know this is an unexpected development, but we must follow the Executive Order. Therefore, remote instruction will continue through April 14, 2020. We will have guidance from the Governor and the New York State Education Department prior to April 15, 2020 to inform us if schools will remain closed and for how long. The Governor has frequently stated in his daily briefings that decisions such as these will be made in two week increments.
This is a time where directives and guidance are being issued frequently. I will keep you apprised of these developments in as timely a way as possible.
I know this is a stressful time for everyone. Thank you for your continued support of our remote learning initiatives. Stay safe and be well.
March 27, 2020
Today, Governor Cuomo extended his Executive Order closing schools until April 15th. The Executive Order will be re-evaluated prior to that date to determine if it needs to be extended further.
This means that remote learning will continue as per our school calendar. If your child is not actively participating in remote learning, you will be contacted by school personnel, who will determine the reasons for non-participation and work with you to ensure the continuity of learning for your child. Please know that it is crucial that all students participate in remote learning so that they will be fully prepared when regular instruction resumes.
Thank you to the many parents that have contacted teachers and administrators regarding their tech concerns and for their compliments and support. We were asked to completely change the way we teach in a brief period of time. Our teachers are to be commended for their efforts and we will continue to refine this process as we now move forward for the near future with remote learning.
These are unprecedented times, and as we are all aware, the COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly. I have been in contact with the Nassau County Department of Health regarding several self-reported positive results for COVID-19 of faculty, staff and students. As March 12 was the last possible contact with any of these individuals, the quarantine period has passed. The Department of Health has assured me that any individuals who needed to be contacted regarding close association with any of these people who have self-reported positive results either already have been notified or will be notified by the Department of Health's investigative team.
The Department of Health also asked me to remind you that this virus is now present in our communities and that we should all be following the CDC recommendations. Those recommendations are to wash our hands frequently, cover your mouth and nose if sneezing or coughing, avoid contact with people who are ill, stay home if you are ill and thoroughly clean frequently touched surfaces in your home daily. If you are feeling ill, contact your physician before visiting a doctor's office or the emergency room of your local hospital.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation during these unprecedented times. I will keep you apprised of any updates.
Good health to you and your families,
James J. Grossane, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools