Dear Elmont Families,
I want to take a moment to thank the entire community, including parents, teachers, administrators, and staff for making the first two months of school a success for all our scholars; in-school and virtual. We are truly in this together. The Board of Education and I are very grateful for the support of the community as we navigate these challenging times together.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Long Island seems to fluctuate daily, but the numbers in Elmont have remained stable, and I remain hopeful that our schools will remain open. I would like to remind the community that it is essential to monitor your child’s health on a daily basis and use the attached flow chart to determine if your child can attend school and, if not, when they may return. As we enter cold and flu season, it becomes even more important that we remain vigilant in assessing the health of our children and keeping children who are ill home. We are committed to keeping our children and staff safe as we head into the fall and winter seasons.
In July, I promised that there would be limited opportunities for students in the Virtual Academy to return to in-school instruction in January. At this time, we are reviewing our plans for some students to return to in-school instruction and I will share the details of this plan as soon as possible. If you are requesting to have your child return to in-school instruction, five (5) days a week, please email your home school principal by Friday, November 20, 2020. The number of students that return to five (5) day in-school instruction will be based upon available space in the school and staff availability. Please note that we will continue to follow all social distancing guidelines (6 feet apart in all classrooms). Our goal is to accommodate as many students as possible in their home school; however, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Please note that our hybrid model was used to transition into full five (5) day in-school instruction. We will not be exploring the hybrid model as an option, as our goals have been to provide as much in-school instruction as possible while adhering to all CDC and New York State guidelines for opening our schools.
As I visit all the schools and “Zoom” into the various virtual classrooms, it is evident that our staff is providing our children with the best education possible. I would be remiss if I did not mention our families at home who are supporting all our children with the love and care they deserve. I am grateful to work in such a supportive community. Thank you for all you are doing.
Superintendent of Schools