On Thursday night, Springs School Superintendent Debra Winter and the Springs Board of Education announced it would close in district on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, in an effort to “be prepared for a possible long-term closure and an orderly shift to online instruction” in the wake of the COVID-19 virus, with more two dozen cases reported in Suffolk County. “We have been monitoring the situation and working closely with the New York State Education Department, New York Department of Health, and Suffolk County Department of Health,” wrote Ms. Winter and the board of education in a message ... 12 Mar 2020 by Staff Writer
The Montauk School will be closed Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, its website announced on Thursday, March 12, following similar announcements by the Amagansett, Ross and East Hampton schools the same day. In Montauk, faculty will be working those days to prepare for online learning programs should the need arise in light of COVID-19. The school building will also be cleaned thoroughly during that time, the announcement said. "This is a developing situation," said the notice on the school district's website. "If circumstances warrant further action, we will get that word to you as soon as possible." "There ... by Staff Writer
The East Hampton School District announced it will close all its schools on Monday and Tuesday for a deep cleaning, school board president J.P. Foster said Thursday, March 12, shortly after the board voted on the measure at a special meeting. "We have no confirmed cases" of Covid 19, the disease that has been declared a global pandemic, Mr. Foster said. "We are going to be precautionary." As of now, teachers will report to school on both days and prepare for online learning in the event it is necessary to close schools for a longer period, he said. Mr. Foster ... by Stephen J. Kotz
To help protect the community from the spread of COVID-19, both the Ross School in East Hampton and the Amagansett School announced on Thursday that they plan closings beginning next week. The Amagansett School will be shuttered for students from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27, as a “proactive” measure. Teachers have been designing lessons for them to continue instruction during the closure, and students are expected to return to school on Monday, March 30. The Ross School will close fully on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, to allow faculty to prepare for online instruction. The school ... by Virginia Garrison
Montauk School Superintendent Jack Perna confirmed on Wednesday morning that one family with a child or children in the school was in self-quarantine following a trip abroad over the school break to one of the five countries for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued travel warnings. Those countries are China, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan. Mr. Perna would not say which country the family had traveled to. The school break was from February 15 to 24, and he noted that the level of the risk of infection would depend on when travelers returned to this ... by Staff Writer
The Springs School District has announced cancellations of extracurricular events throughout March as a precaution in light of the coronavirus. “In order to be proactive, we are limiting opportunities for mass gatherings at this time,” said a letter to parents and staff sent on Wednesday morning. Among the events and programs that have been postponed or canceled are STEAM night, which has been postponed from its scheduled date of Thursday, March 12; the Festival of the Arts, postponed from March 27 and 28; Monday and Friday spirit meets, which have been canceled until further notice; middle school pep rallies, also ... by Staff Writer
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