Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year. Some of you may be attending school in person every day, while others are doing so remotely. At the secondary level, you will be participating in our hybrid model. While our classrooms may look a little different, we are happy to have all of you back.
No matter how you are attending, our main concern is your health and safety. We are working to make sure our buildings are clean and our classrooms orderly. We need you to be our partners in these efforts. Please come to school with your masks on, wash your hands frequently, and keep six feet away from anyone else.
Our teachers, principals, and entire staff have been waiting for your return. We really missed you. During the first few days of the school year, we will be practicing some new routines and working to re-familiarize you with some old ones.
You may need some help with these routines. You may need help with log-ins or other technology, or scheduling or class placement. Please be patient. We want to help you. It may take us a day or two to get back to you.
Some time ago, I learned that a plane uses up about 20 percent of its fuel on takeoff and climb. Once it has reached its desired altitude, fuel consumption lessens. Let's keep this in mind as we begin a very unusual year. I think we will need the most fuel during our takeoff. We are trying out some ways of instruction that we have never done before.
By being creative and working together we have an opportunity to uncover new paths and begin new traditions. Let's make this a great year. Lean in, Islip.
Best wishes for a safe and healthy year.
Ellen Semel, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools