Roslyn Public Schools
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 
March 11, 2020
Dear Roslyn families,

We are keeping up to date every day with the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation and the information provided by local, state and federal health authorities. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. If we do receive notification from the Department of Health that a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, we will be required by New York State to close for a minimum of 24 hours, in order to allow health authorities to determine the extent of that individual's contact with others. If you or your child has been in contact with an infected individual, the Department of Health will contact you directly. We will not re-open school until authorized to do so by the Department of Health. In the meantime, we have hired additional substitute nurses in order to better monitor students who may be ill for any reason.

We will be issuing a directive within the next few days about limiting the use of the schools in the evenings and on weekends so that we can have more time to clean and disinfect our buildings on an ongoing basis, as well as reduce the number of non-essential gatherings. Our custodial staff and bus drivers continue to undertake extensive cleaning and disinfecting of our buildings and buses daily.

I also want to take this opportunity to explain how we plan to maintain continuity of instruction in the event of an extended school closure. A closure of only a few days will have a minimal impact on instruction, similar to snow days. However, in case schools close for an extended period because of COVID-19, teachers will begin communicating with students.

  • All teachers pre-K through 12, including special education and special area teachers, will provide instructional content, reading and other assignments, with directions on how to return assignments, when appropriate, to the teacher.
  • For secondary students, teachers will communicate using students' Roslyn network email accounts, Google Classroom, and/or other platforms to which the teacher and students have access. 
  • For elementary schools students, teachers will communicate with parents/guardians using email address(es) we have on record.
  • Teachers will make themselves available to students via electronic communication during the school day.

Students who have district-issued electronic devices should bring them home every day.

Families with limited internet access or other concerns about maintaining communication during a school closure should contact the school social worker listed below as soon as possible to assist us in planning.
Heights: Tanya Fernandez, tfernandez@roslynschools.org, 801-5066
East Hills: Stephanie Liebowitz, sliebowitz@roslynschools.org, 801-5313
Harbor Hill: Julie Lomot, jlomot@roslynschools.org, 801-5414
Middle School: Jared Levenson, jlevenson@roslynschools.org, 801-5222
High School: Dot McHugh, dmchugh@roslynschools.org, 801-5134

As I have mentioned in my previous communications, it is not possible to provide a full school experience electronically, nor has the New York State Education Department as yet recognized any form of distance learning as official instructional time. Nonetheless, we are fortunate to have exceptional teachers and building leaders who have been working together to prepare meaningful learning for all students in order to keep us connected during a potential health emergency. We will provide additional details when and if this plan needs to be implemented.

Thank you for all of your support and cooperation through this challenging period.

Sincerely,
Allison Brown


Roslyn's Coronavirus Information Page: www.roslynschools.org/coronavirus 
New York State's Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065.