The following is from the Lakeland Central School District:
We continue to work around the clock to get answers and needed testing from Westchester County and NY State Health Departments. While we are hopeful to open schools on Monday, March 16, that decision cannot be made at this time. I apologize to our families struggling with child care coverage, and financial concerns, my heart goes out to everyone, but health concerns are the current number one priority.
We understand that many of our families depend on the school breakfast and lunch given to their child, so our Food Service Supervisor has applied to the NY State to allow us to provide these meals. As soon as it is approved, we will make a plan for meal distribution as quickly as possible.
In a conference I attended today, I received information related to school matters. Most importantly, please note that the Health Department did not authorize the days we are currently closed. Still, our Chief Medical Officer strongly recommended it based upon facts and out of an abundance of caution. At this time, there is no State waiver or action on these days, and we are being advised to make sure we have snow make up days and vacation days available. Therefore, please do not make vacation plans for Spring Break. If we are required to close indefinitely, we may have to add these days to the school calendar.
We are still awaiting further direction on state assessment testing, which is scheduled to begin March 25, and on Regents testing and required seat time. I will, of course, keep you posted.
Also, out of an abundance of caution, we will be moving the location of our Board of Education Business meeting scheduled for next Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 7:30 to the District Office Board Room. The Board has pressing budget matters that must be approved by law based upon a specific timeline. The meeting will NOT be held at Lakeland High School as initially scheduled.
In the schools and administration building, We have been utilizing large sanitizing and disinfectant machines. We have cleaned the entire district, so if we are able to open schools, rest assured everything has been thoroughly disinfected and sanitized.
Once again, every day, I will be working around the clock to ensure we are doing everything we can for the community, and communicating as frequently as I have information. For now, stay well.
George Stone, Superintendent