May 14, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The purpose of this letter is to centralize the information we have been sending to you in order to keep communication clear as we navigate this period of school closure due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Schools Closed for the Remainder of this Academic School Year:
Governor Cuomo announced on May 1 that all New York State schools will remain closed for the remainder of this academic school year.
Budget Vote and Board of Education Election Postponed:
New York State has announced that the Budget Vote and Board of Education Election has been postponed to June 9 by absentee ballot only.
Last Day for the 2019-20 School Year:
The last day of instruction is June 16. Teachers will have a virtual "Hello to Summer Breakfast" with their students on June 17. Please refer to Dr. Seniuk's 3/13 letter for details.
Services Continue through Scheduled School Recess:
In order to be in compliance with the Governor's Executive Orders, and to meet the 180-day waiver criteria for state aid, the district will continue to offer free & reduced lunch pick ups, provide childcare for first responders and healthcare workers, and continue with the district’s learning plan during the scheduled spring recess. We understand that much of spring recess includes days of religious observance. As all of the Bellmore/Merrick component school districts respect the observance of religious holidays, there is flexibility relative to assignments for those students and families who choose to observe. Should your child be unable to complete the daily assignments due to religious observance, it is entirely understandable.
In adhering to new guidelines for school districts, North Merrick has closed all school grounds and locked all gates. Thank you for your support and cooperation.
Communication and Remote Learning:
School-home communication started March 18 through the Teacher Webpages on the district website at www.nmerrickschools.org. North Merrick teachers began using the Google Classroom platform starting Tuesday, March 24, at 9 a.m. More detailed information is being sent from your child's teacher. Please refer to the latest letter from Deputy Superintendent Beth Friedman.
Several companies are offering free WiFi if you need it. Here are links to Spectrum and Altice:
Free & Reduced Lunch:
The Free & Reduced Lunch program for students continues through the school closure but has been revised. Please note that families may pick up five (5) weekly lunches for their children on Mondays only from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the side door of the General Purpose Room at H.D. Fayette School, 1057 Merrick Avenue, starting March 30. There will be no pick up on Tuesday-Friday.
Parents who are First Responders or Critical Health Care Workers may register their children for Child Care through SCOPE educational services. On their website, please click the first button that says "CLICK HERE for SCOPE Emergency Child Care". On your behalf, please be advised that we are working with SCOPE regarding cost. Please register if you need this service and select the best location on the list for you. A list of Child Care Providers from BOCES is posted on this website.
Nassau BOCES has created a link for all parents from the Office of Children and Family Services to to a survey about their childcare needs. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3HSNNYJ
Kindergarten screenings are postponed and will be rescheduled.
The expectation is that students will complete all assigned work to the best of their ability. If they have an issue or difficulty, it is expected that they reach out to their teacher for assistance.
We ask that parents/guardians support and work with their children around this new and unique learning environment. If your child needs assistance with technology or is having difficulty with lessons, please be sure to contact your children’s teachers.
Please continue to follow the recommendations by the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding personal hygiene, social distancing and protocols for those who are not feeling well. While schools are closed, it is best to limit social interactions, including playdates and group activities. The District is working diligently to take every precaution to guard against exposure to COVID-19. We will continue to update you. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
Dr. Cynthia Seniuk
Superintendent of Schools