SHRUB OAK, N.Y. - The Lakeland Central School District will be closed through March 31, following an executive order from Westchester County.

The following is from Superintendent Dr. George Stone and offers more information for families:

As many of you have probably heard by now, all New York State schools, including the Lakeland Central School District, will be closed at least through March 31, 2020. While this is by Executive Order, it appears that we must still utilize all remaining vacation days as part of the school calendar requirement for days in session regulations. As of now, although it is extremely unlikely, we will start back to school before the scheduled Spring Recess from April 6 through April 13. Should schools reopen, we will be in session through Spring Recess and Memorial Day weekend (excluding the scheduled holidays of Holy Thursday (April 9), Good Friday (April 10), and Memorial Day (May 25).

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Tomorrow, we will begin our food distribution program to families in need across the District. Our Food Service Department has contacted needy families to make arrangements for obtaining meals.

We have received numerous requests from students and staff wanting to pick up materials, musical instruments, Chrome Books, etc. Principals under the direction of our Assistant Superintendent of Instruction have developed a schedule to allow this to take place on Wednesday, March 18, so that everyone can get what they need for this uncertain closure. These schedules will be posted on our website, communicated through social media, and e-blasted to all families.

We have also been requested to provide child care classroom space and staffing for first responders and health care providers in our District. We plan to establish these classrooms at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School, and shortly will have a posting with contact information. If you are a first responder or health care provider in need of this service, please contact our Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Dr. Tammy Cosgrove, at
The hours will be tentatively 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

As far as our Continuity of Academic Instruction Plan, teachers will begin communicating daily with their students starting Wednesday, March 18. For those with internet access, Chrome Books and other devices with Google can be used. For those who do not have internet access, teachers will be creating packets, and arrangements will be made for pick up. Grading, report cards, State Testing, Regents, and AP Exams are all on hold at this time, awaiting further guidance from the State. For now, we want to get students into the practice of working constructively and enriching the work they were doing prior to this closure.

The Board of Education will continue to hold scheduled meetings to ensure legal and procedural requirements are met. There will be no special presentations, only the regular business of the Board. The Board invites the public to email questions you would like to have answered to the District Clerk. Your email must include your name and address, just as a speaker must do when addressing the Board in Public Participation. We will do our best to either cover them in the public meeting or get back to you with a response.