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School Superintendents Reflect on the Shutdown, and Its Effects, and Look for a Path Forward

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Remsenburg-Speonk School District Superintendent Denise Sullivan welcomes students and staff back to school September 6, 2022. REMSENBURG-SPEONK SCHOOL DISTRICT

Remsenburg-Speonk School District Superintendent Denise Sullivan welcomes students and staff back to school September 6, 2022. REMSENBURG-SPEONK SCHOOL DISTRICT

A Springs School car parade during the COVID-19-related shutdown. DEBRA WINTER

A Springs School car parade during the COVID-19-related shutdown. DEBRA WINTER

Superintendent Denise Sullivan welcomes Averie Soyturk back on the first day of school in the Remsenburg-Speonk district.

Superintendent Denise Sullivan welcomes Averie Soyturk back on the first day of school in the Remsenburg-Speonk district.

Bridgehampton School  Assistant Principal Michael Cox check's a little one's temperature before he goes inside the building on the first day of school at the Bridgehampton School on September 14, 2020.  MICHAEL HELLER

Bridgehampton School Assistant Principal Michael Cox check's a little one's temperature before he goes inside the building on the first day of school at the Bridgehampton School on September 14, 2020. MICHAEL HELLER

The rapid testing of 400 faculty and students began late November of 2020 at the Hampton Bays Middle School.   DANA SHAW

The rapid testing of 400 faculty and students began late November of 2020 at the Hampton Bays Middle School. DANA SHAW

The rapid testing of 400 faculty and students began late November of 2020 at the Hampton Bays Middle School.   DANA SHAW

The rapid testing of 400 faculty and students began late November of 2020 at the Hampton Bays Middle School. DANA SHAW

Senior Hallie Kneeland watches the proceedings during the Pierson High School 2020 Commencement Ceremony at Pierson High School on June 27, 2020. Students were seated at a safe distance from each other due to COVID 19.  MICHAEL HELLER

Senior Hallie Kneeland watches the proceedings during the Pierson High School 2020 Commencement Ceremony at Pierson High School on June 27, 2020. Students were seated at a safe distance from each other due to COVID 19. MICHAEL HELLER

Students at Hampton Bays Elementary School during their first week back in September of 2020.  COURTESY HAMPTON BAYS SCHOOL DISTRICT

Students at Hampton Bays Elementary School during their first week back in September of 2020. COURTESY HAMPTON BAYS SCHOOL DISTRICT

Parents, family and friends of a graduating student at Hampton Bays High School watch from a distance and in a

Parents, family and friends of a graduating student at Hampton Bays High School watch from a distance and in a "pod" during commencement in 2020. DANA SHAW

Springs School elementary science teacher Sean Knight works with students on an assignment. KYRIL BROMLEY

Springs School elementary science teacher Sean Knight works with students on an assignment. KYRIL BROMLEY

Springs School elementary science teacher Sean Knight answers students' questions. KYRIL BROMLEY

Springs School elementary science teacher Sean Knight answers students' questions. KYRIL BROMLEY

Students inside Springs School's gymnasium during Spirit Week. KYRIL BROMLEY

Students inside Springs School's gymnasium during Spirit Week. KYRIL BROMLEY

East Hampton High School Principal Sara Smith. LORI HAWKINS

East Hampton High School Principal Sara Smith. LORI HAWKINS

A teacher inside a classroom at East Hampton High School. LORI HAWKINS

A teacher inside a classroom at East Hampton High School. LORI HAWKINS

East Hampton High School Principal Sara Smith. LORI HAWKINS

East Hampton High School Principal Sara Smith. LORI HAWKINS

Desirée Keegan on Mar 15, 2023
When East Hampton School District Superintendent Adam Fine got wind of the COVID-19 pandemic-related shutdown in March 2020, he assumed it would only be temporary. “I thought that we would... more

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