March 13, 2020

Dear Rocky Point School Community,

The district has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While there is no confirmed case of an individual with COVID19 in our area, there are cases within our surrounding communities and the overall numbers in the county continue to rise. Therefore, in an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our students and staff, the district has made the decision to close school for students on Monday, March 16, 2020. All staff will report to school to continue to prepare for the possibility of online learning should school remain closed for an extended period of time.

Additionally, all after-school activities will be cancelled on Monday, March 16th, and Section XI has notified the district that it has suspended all athletic games and scrimmages in Suffolk County until April 3rd.

During this closure, the district will perform a deep cleaning of all buildings, including all surfaces and spaces, while we await further guidance from health organizations and the New York State Education Department.

While learning in our district primarily occurs inside classrooms with face-to-face teaching by certified instructors, please be assured that our district has been planning viable options should a long-term school closure be necessary. Students were asked to bring materials home or travel to and from school over the next several weeks with textbooks, workbooks, and work packets so that needed materials for online learning may be facilitated by our teachers should a long-term closure be necessary.

Please know that this decision was not made lightly, and we recognize the impact such closure will have on our families. The district will continue to monitor this evolving situation and communicate any additional scheduling changes should they be warranted.

I thank you all in advance for your understanding and cooperation during this time. I know that these are certainly unprecedented circumstances.

Sincerely,


Dr. Scott O’Brien
Superintendent of Schools

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