On May 8, 2020, Dr. Dennis P. O’Hara, Ed., Superintendent of Schools, released a memo detailing updates regarding Hauppauge school closures in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Dr. O’Hara, Ed., says that all schools in New York State will remain closed through June. According to Dr. O’Hara, Ed., parents, students, and faculty have expressed a need to retrieve belongings from the Hauppauge School District’s buildings. In the coming weeks, Dr. O’Hara, Ed., says the Hauppauge School District will communicate a schedule that will allow access to school buildings in a way that will enable the maintenance of safety.
Dr. O’Hara, Ed., states that meals are still being distributed from the loading dock on the west side of Hauppauge High School (near the football field) Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. He says any family in need should feel comfortable going to Hauppauge High School to receive meals at these times. According to Dr. O’Hara, Ed., from May 4, 2020 to May 8, 2020, the Hauppauge School District provided over 1,400 meals to those in need.
Dr. O’Hara, Ed., has reiterated that it is important for members of the Hauppauge community to complete the 2020 Census. According to Dr. O’Hara, Ed., New York State’s federal aid and number of representatives in Washington, D.C., are directly related to its population count. The 2020 Census can be accessed here. Dr. O’Hara, Ed., has also once again asked members of the Hauppauge community to contact Congressmen Peter King and Lee Zeldin and Senators Kirstin Gillibrand and Charles Schumer asking for their support in seeking federal funding for Hauppauge schools.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Dr. O’Hara, Ed., concluded his memo by thanking the Hauppauge School District’s teachers for their commitment, dedication, professionalism, and compassion.