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Hauppauge School District Responses to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

As per County Executive Steve Bellone’s mandate in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) that all Suffolk County schools remain closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020, Dr. Dennis P. O’Hara, Superintendent of Schools, has announced that all Hauppauge public schools will remain closed from now through Sunday, March 29, 2020. During this time, all Hauppauge School District activities, including athletics, are cancelled. Other than times and purposes specifically stated, all school buildings and grounds will remain closed. This includes all Hauppauge school fields, tracks, and indoor and outdoor facilities.

From Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020, the Hauppauge School District will utilize a combination of emergency school closing days and Spring Recess days. Hauppauge public schools will now be in session on Thursday, April 9, 2020 and from Monday, April 13, 2020 through Friday, April 17, 2020, which were originally scheduled for Spring Recess. Hauppauge public schools will be closed on Friday, April 10, 2020 for religious observance and will now be in session on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

From now through Friday, March 27, 2020 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., bagged lunches will be available for pickup at no charge for any student in need at the rear entrance of Hauppauge High School. Those trying to access the rear entrance of Hauppauge High School are advised to enter the south parking lot near the football field, follow the parking lot for the length of the school building, and turn right. The rear entrance is near the loading dock doors on the west side of the building. Parents are asked to alert kitchen staff of any food allergies that their children may have when they come to pick up meals. A limited number of meals for those with dietary restrictions will be available.

Using the Google suite of tools, the Hauppauge School District’s faculty and staff have been working on web-based content and support for students. Additional information will be forthcoming regarding a date for distributing Chromebooks to any students who do not have devices at home.

The Hauppauge School District will utilize make-up dates between March 30, 2020 through April 8, 2020 for New York State ELA Assessments of students in grades 3 through 8.

The Superintendent’s Conference Day originally scheduled on Monday, March 16, 2020 for Hauppauge School District faculty and staff has been postponed until further notice.

The “Annual Senior Citizen Recognition Dinner and Jazz Night,” which was scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 23, 2020, has been canceled.

Today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, school buildings were open for students to retrieve items. School nurses were also available to release medication(s) to parents/guardians or adults listed on students’ emergency medical contacts. Emergency medication and any medication used as needed could be left in the health offices. Medication was not released to students.

To practice social distancing and to limit the number of people in buildings at any one time, the following building access time slots were enacted:

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: For students with last names beginning with A – C

9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: For students with last names beginning with D – I

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: For students with last names beginning with J – M

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: For students with last names beginning with N – S

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.: For students with last names beginning with T – Z

Those with any questions, concerns, and/or insights can contact Dr. Dennis P. O’Hara, Superintendent of Schools, at oharad@hauppauge.k12.ny.us.

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