May 1, 2020
Dear OESJ families and staff,
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his May 1 press briefing that New York schools will remain closed through the end of the school year to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
This evening, the Governor also signed an Executive Order designating June 9th for school budget votes and school board elections. Additional information will be forthcoming.
While his decision regarding school closings may have been expected, it was difficult to hear. Our staff misses being with your children. Balancing your many responsibilities at home while we are closed is difficult, at best.
Although the Governor has closed schools for the remainder of the year, instruction will go on. Teachers and other professionals are working hard at providing continuity of instruction. They have been using many new and inventive ways to involve students in their lessons, even though they are apart. They continue to be in contact with students and their families to provide instructional materials and remote learning throughout this school year. The District’s food service department will continue to provide meals for our students.
In the meantime, I encourage you to keep your focus on what is most essential: the health and safety of your family, the emotional well-being of your children, and a willingness to try your best to keep your children engaged in their learning.
Please know that our faculty and staff are here for you and feel free to reach out to your children’s teachers, counselors, social workers, psychologist and principal(s).
The District will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. In the coming weeks, we will look at what today’s announcement means for closing out the school year.
We appreciate families’ patience and flexibility during this challenging time.
Dr. Joseph L. Natale