Update: Stage II Reopening Plan

Dear Longwood School Community,

First, let me thank everyone for all of your efforts to ensure that we had a successful first quarter of the school year. Our varied programs for students, including fully remote, and the hybrid model, are all working well. Our administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and wonderful students have been working very hard in this challenging environment and have persevered. Our students have been remarkably consistent in their compliance with our COVID-19 safety protocols. As a result, we have remained relatively healthy and have had no incidents of the transmission of the virus in our schools. 

As the scientific and medical community predicted, we are now seeing an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases as we enter the fall and winter seasons. There has been an increase of cases throughout the United States, in New York State, and here on Long Island. This week alone, Longwood has seen five positive cases throughout the district.

At the November 5 Longwood Board of Education meeting, Central Administration presented Stage II of the District's Reopening Plan. The Board and Central Administration chose to phase in additional instruction days for kindergarten through sixth grade beginning in mid-November. While we welcomed bringing our students back for four days of in-person instruction, we also promised our school community that our priority would always be our school community's safety and health. 

Due to the increased spread of the virus, we have made the difficult decision to remain on the current hybrid model of instruction until January 29, 2021. Students will continue with their current cohort or their current full-time distance learning model. In addition, students enrolled in special classes will continue to maintain their schedules.

As we move forward, we will continue to monitor the spread of the virus and local infection rates as we plan for the possibility of phasing students back in for additional in-person learning days. As always, the district will continue to update and refine our hybrid and distance learning models while seeking the support and input from our students and parents. 

We all know how difficult these past eight months have been.  Please stay vigilant about following the CDC guidance: practice social distancing, wear a mask, avoid large gatherings, and wash your hands frequently. Our community's health and continued schooling depend on it.  Let's demonstrate the importance of our community working together, so when our children are faced with future challenges, they'll remember and be inspired by our example. Let's stay Longwood Strong.

Thank you and please stay safe,

Dr. Michael R. Lonergan
Superintendent of Schools
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