Dear Locust Valley School Community Members,
As you have probably heard, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has ordered all county schools closed for two weeks beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16. That tentatively brings us back to school on Monday, March 30. During this closure, all school activities are canceled, including the Board of Education meeting originally scheduled for this week.
I will be meeting with the other Nassau County Superintendents tomorrow to discuss, among other things, the 180-day requirement and the possibility of absentee voting for this year’s school budget vote. I hope to be able to share with you in my Tuesday message, whether or not we will need to be in school during the spring recess. It looks likely as of now.
The LVCSD administrative team will meet on Monday, as already scheduled, to continue work on our plan for providing learning during this time. We will provide communication to our families on Tuesday, as previously promised. Teachers will be contacted regarding professional development plans. Custodial staff will report to school to continue cleaning efforts. Clerical staff need not report on Monday and Tuesday and will be contacted Tuesday with scheduling information moving forward.
We urge all of our families to remember that this closure has been ordered to prevent community spread of COVID-19. This is not the time to have children (or adults) gather in large groups. Outdoor play is recommended and social distancing is imperative. We need to work together to ensure the health and safety of everyone, and create an environment that will allow us to come back together as soon as possible.
We understand that a prolonged school closure can cause difficulties. We will be sharing information this week on how students who receive free and reduced lunches can obtain meals during this closure.
As things seem to change daily, we still wonder what will come as the days go on. No matter what challenges we face, I promise I will do the best I can to ensure your safety, while finding ways to provide the best education that we can during this unprecedented situation. We are in this together and I am going to make sure we weather this as best as we can.
You will hear from me Tuesday, as I promised, and we will have much more information for you then.
Stay safe, stay home and be well.
Thomas. P. Dolan, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent of Schools