MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac Central School District will use two of its emergency closure/snow days to close on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17 and thus there will be no classes for students or staff. All school buildings will be closed. This includes all afterschool, community and athletic activities.
Gov. Cuomo on Friday (March 13) announced that New York State 's requirement that students receive 180 days of instruction will be waived due to the coronavirus pandemic. He said with the 180-day requirement waived, schools can make their own decisions if they don’t have any positive cases about whether to close or not.
The decision to close the schools on Monday and Tuesday comes in the wake of meetings between Mahopac school officials and other area superintendents, the acting commissioner of the state Education Department, and the state Senate head of the Education Committee, Shelley Mayer, along with representatives from Gov. Cuomo’s office and both the state Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH).
Mahopac officials say they hope the state will take decisive action by early next week and provide further guidance that is consistent with all area school districts. That would give both the District administration and families the opportunity to create a plan in the event of an extended closure while awaiting further guidance from local, state, and federal agencies.
District officials said they will also take this opportunity to continue the deep cleaning of its facilities and bus fleet.