South Orangetown Central School District

Sent via SchoolMessenger on November 20, 2020

Dear South Orangetown Families,

All South Orangetown schools will operate on a fully-remote basis on Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1. This temporary measure will enable us to safely assess the impact of Thanksgiving Recess in terms of COVID-19 transmission and quarantine requirements before resuming in-person hybrid learning.

Please note:

  • Classes will be held virtually, as scheduled
  • Free school breakfast and lunch will be available for weekly pickup on Monday, November 30, 9AM-12PM, from the SOMS Auditorium entrance
  • Part-time CTEC students will be learning remotely both days. Transportation will be provided for students who attend out-of-district programs unless notified by their program administrator.
  • High school sports practices will be temporarily suspended

As a reminder, students and staff must comply with all New York State COVID-19 guidelines, including the latest travel guidance issued on November 4 (Travel Advisory | Traveler Health Form). In addition, I strongly encourage each of you to review the Centers for Disease Control guidance for Holiday Celebrations and do all that you can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We realize that fully-remote learning places additional stress on many families at an already challenging time. By implementing this two-day transition period, we aim to keep our school community healthy and prevent additional, extended post-holiday closures.

We are hopeful that, with everyone’s continued diligence and support, our schools may safely resume in-person hybrid learning on Wednesday, December 2.

Sincerely,

Robert R. Pritchard, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools