May 13, 2020                                                                                                                                                   

Dear Rocky Point School Community,

I hope this message finds you well and that all are staying healthy and safe.

When we learned from the Governor that schools would remain closed for the remainder of this school year, we can all agree that this was not how we would have wanted to conclude this school year; however, we understand and recognize that the decision was made in the best interest of the health and safety of all of us.

Even before the closure decision was finalized, our staff had started to work collaboratively to plan for the continuation of distance learning and what was to come of the events traditionally scheduled in the weeks and months ahead. We are fortunate that our students and staff have met this challenge and are finding different and inventive ways to adjust to this new way of learning. Our goal is not only to provide meaningful learning experiences but to also support the mental health of our students and staff.  If needed, please reach out to your teachers or our support staff for guidance. We are all here to help support you on this journey.

Additionally, information regarding grading was shared last week with parents in grades 6-12.  Information regarding grading for grade K-5 will be provided by the building principals in the coming days.  We encourage all of our students to do their best. We know you are working very hard and your efforts are and will be acknowledged.

In the coming days, we will be communicating the Rocky Point High School’s plan for a reimagined graduation ceremony.  This plan is being developed with input from many stakeholders and with careful consideration of New York State guidelines and the Governor’s Executive Order. We, as a district, believe it is especially important to hold a closing ceremony for our Class of 2020 that honors and acknowledges their time in our Rocky Point School District. Greater details about the graduation plan will be forthcoming.

In addition to our seniors, our building principals and their teams are also planning alternative and special ways to recognize and memorialize events for our middle school and elementary schools. Families will be hearing from their respective school principals about the momentous ways these celebrations will be recognized in the coming weeks.

Furthermore, we acknowledge that there are still many unanswered questions that exist with regard to the conclusion of the school year, return of schoolbooks and collection of personal belongings in lockers and classrooms, summer programs, and the future of the 2020-2021 school year. Please know, we are working to address these issues and concerns and will provide information in the upcoming days and weeks.

I hope you have had the opportunity to view our Rocky Point Hometown Heroes through our Facebook and Instagram sites.  Thank you for submitting your Rocky Point family and friends and helping to honor our frontline champions.  We extend our gratitude to all of our essential workers for their tireless efforts and resolute devotion. You are the true heroes in this battle and we hope that you have enjoyed seeing this special tribute. On behalf of our school community, we thank you!

To all of our students, families, and staff be well and stay safe!


Scott O’Brien, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools