South Orangetown Central School District

Reopening 2020


Three Parent Information Sessions were held August 11-12 and covered 100+ questions submitted by parents in advance and during the live webinars. Videos of the Parent Information Session webinars are posted on the SOCSD Events YouTube channel. View the Q&A here.

On August 7, Governor Cuomo announced additional steps school districts must take as part of their reopening planning process. By August 14, school districts must post their remote learning plan and how it addresses equity issues, their testing plan, and their contact tracing plan. By August 21, school districts must host three discussions with parents and at least one discussion with teachers.

Parents are asked to complete and submit the Transportation Request Form (English | Español) to indicate whether or not their child requires transportation for the 2020-21 school year. Deadline is Friday, August 15.

Governor Cuomo extended the ability of school boards to meet virtually through September 4.

SOCSD submitted its 2020 School Reopening Plan to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) on July 31. View the District’s Reopening Plan (HTML | Google Doc), Reopening Plan At-A-Glance overview and Reopening FAQ #1. A final version of the reopening plan will be posted on this page by August 14, with more detailed resources to follow. Please keep in mind that our plan is subject to change according to evolving NYSED guidance; local, state and federal guidelines; and regional health indicators.


In May, South Orangetown Central School District administrators, educators, health and safety experts, mental health clinicians, transportation planners, communications staff joined the County-Wide Reopening Work Group convened by Rockland BOCES to plan for the reopening of Rockland County schools, in the wake of the state-mandated school closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which began on March 18 and remained in effect through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

On June 17, the District launched its own task force and subcommittees to focus on reopening planning and logistics specific to South Orangetown schools for the 2020-21 school year. Subcommittees will be chaired by administrators to cover the following topic areas: Curriculum and Instruction, School Health and Safety, Pupil Personnel Services, Facilities, Food Service, Transportation, Technology, Staff Relations, Athletics and Communications.

The task force and subcommittees will be meeting through the summer, with the goal of presenting a reopening plan to the Board of Education by August 1.

District Reopening Task Force Members

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Brian Culot, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Finance and Management Services Alicia Koster
Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services Karen Tesik, Ed.D.
Director of Technology George Brady
Director of Staff Relations Joseph Lloyd, Ph.D.
Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Bill Pilla
Coordinator of Assessment and Accountability Jeanne Corcoran
Public Information Specialist Jen Citrolo
Instructional Technology Coach (K-12) Marc Eckert
Instructional Literacy Coach (6-12) Mark Stanford
Teacher-At-Large Bill Hughes

William O. Schaefer Elementary School
Principal Sheila Beglin, Acting Assistant Principal Brian Galvin and Teacher Kathryn Cuccia
SOCES PTA Representative Andrea Kheocha-on (WOS & CLE)

Cottage Lane Elementary School
Principal Karen Ramirez, Assistant Principal Rob Schliessman and Teacher Sunita Hill

South Orangetown Middle School
Principal Chad Corey, Ed.D., Assistant Principal Joseph Onativia and Teacher Ron Scherer
Student Representatives Dean Batelli, Mark Cavalli, Angelique Cerbolles and Sue Cho
SOMS PTA Representative Liz Dudley

Tappan Zee High School
Principal Rudy Arietta, Assistant Principals Melissa Luciano and Rich Neidhart, and Teacher Marisa Premus
Student Representatives Rachel Alexandre, Hannah Lustig, Matt Tobin and Adith Vettom
TZHS PTSA Representative Jeanne Irizarry



Email general district- and department-level reopening questions to [email protected] to be included in upcoming FAQs and reopening communications.

For specific school or department questions, please contact our schools or departments directly. Go to the Contact Us webpage.

Committee Meetings

District Task Force: 6/17, 7/1, 7/16, 8/5
Athletics: 7/1, 7/14
6/18, 7/9, 7/23
Curriculum & Instruction: 6/22, 7/9, 7/22
Facilities & Safety: 6/25, 7/20
Food Service: 6/24, 7/20
Instructional Technology: 6/16, 6/24, 7/1, 7/22
Nursing: 6/18, 6/22
Pupil Personnel Services:
6/22, 7/7, 7/15
6/25, 7/20