MESSAGE FROM DR. JOHN E. STIMMEL
December 23, 2020
Dear Sayville Schools Community,
There are many words that have been used to describe the year 2020. One word that I think many of us will use to describe how we feel about the end of 2020 is relief. I heard one person say that we may be reaching the point in the COVID crisis where we can see the “light at the end of the tunnel and know that it is not a train coming back at us.”
Given the rising COVID numbers in Suffolk County, Sayville Schools will maintain our current level of precautions. This includes, mask wearing, social distancing and rigorous hygiene and cleaning procedures. In a recent Newsday article, leading health officials from Long Island remarked that schools are among the safest places to be during the COVID-19 pandemic. They credit this fact in large part to the precautions, infection control and rigorous procedures that are in place to keep our schools safe places to learn and work.
We all know that the hybrid model employed in our secondary schools is not ideal; however, we are maintaining the hybrid model for now to avoid the need for full-time remote instruction in the event of a serious COVID-19 outbreak inside of our schools. Keeping schools safe while remaining open is our goal for right now. We look forward to a time in the upcoming future when COVID-19 numbers are reduced to a minimum. At that time, working under the guidance of the Suffolk County Department of Health, Sayville will look to safely return all of our students to in-person instruction. Until then the educators of Sayville remain committed to providing the best combination of remote and in-person instruction in the safest environment possible.
Micro-cluster Strategy and COVID Testing
There has been much discussion concerning the Governor’s Micro-cluster strategy. This plan provides a means to keep schools safely open in spite of surges in cases of COVID-19 in our community. The district has developed procedures to meet the requirements of the Governor’s plan in the event that Sayville is designated a Yellow, Orange or Red zone. This link https://www.sayvilleschools.org/Page/19967 will take you to an FAQ document that provides answers to many of the questions concerning the Governor’s plan and what it means to our students and staff. Also, if you have not already done so, please take a moment to respond to the parent/guardian survey regarding COVID testing.
COVID-19 Reporting positive cases over December Holiday and Outside of School Hours
Parents/Guardians and staff can report a positive case of COVID-19 to the district by completing the form attached to this link: https://forms.gle/LakWPQhUfPcYGd91A
Individuals who report a positive case to the school district will be contacted by one of our administrators.
I thank you all for your extraordinary efforts to keep our schools safe, and I urge everyone to remain vigilant as we move through the winter season. Following the safety guidelines outlined by the CDC and DOH offers us all the best chance of keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe. Our goal is to all be together after the pandemic ends and to keep our schools safely open while it lasts.
In closing I wish you and your loved ones blessed holidays and a happy and HEALTHY New Year.