The following is from Somers Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch:
This morning, I joined more than 50 regional superintendents along with representatives from the New York State Education Department and the New York State government, to discuss the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our schools. There was a deep collective concern for the safety of our students, our employees, and all members of our respective communities.
As a result of these discussions, Somers schools will be closed to students throughout the weekend and on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17. This includes all school activities, athletic practices, and competitions. This school closure is consistent with the practice of social distancing, which has been recommended by the CDC and medical professionals.
Given that this situation changes day by day, even hour by hour, we are in constant contact with county and state officials and we will reassess these school closure plans as we receive more information and guidance. The health and safety of our students and employees is our utmost priority, and therefore we are prepared to extend the closure through March 27, if necessary.
In the event of an extended school closure, we will provide distance learning for our students. We are also working to support students who participate in our free and reduced lunch program and will share the necessary information when needed.
We understand the hardship that closing schools places on families. We appreciate your continued patience as we work through this unprecedented situation.