Dear Greenburgh Central School District Families,
At the Greenburgh Central School District, we hold the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, administrators and community as our utmost priorities. As your Superintendent, I recognize the heightened anxiety throughout our school community and nation around this evolving health concern. I want to assure you that I do not take your concerns for granted and am committed to making the best decisions possible for all stakeholders.
This morning, more than 50 superintendents from around the region met with New York State Officials, a legislative representative and State Education Department officials to discuss the public health concern that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses to our communities and our schools. Here is a link providing some insight into our meeting: https://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2020/03/13/lower-hudson-superintendents-call-statewide-k-12-school-shutdown/5041529002/. 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, the Greenburgh Central School District will be closed on Monday, March 16 to students and Tuesday, March 17 to staff and students. On Monday, March 16, our staff and faculty will report to school for a Superintendent’s Conference Day in order to appropriately plan for remote learning to ensure continuity in education should I have to close school for an extended amount of time. This school closure is consistent with the model of social distancing recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and many medical professionals. There are many unanswered questions for school districts at this time, both as they relate to the potential for the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within our schools, as well as logistical implications for schools.
As a region, it is our expectation that we will obtain further guidance from New York State related to our questions and concerns during this temporary closure. On Tuesday, based upon the information available, the status of the school closing will be re-evaluated. I would urge parents to prepare for school closings beyond Tuesday, March 17 should it become necessary.
We understand the challenges and hardships that this decision may pose on our school families. Please trust that this was not an easy decision for any school district. However, we are at a critical juncture for the greater good of our school community and that of the people of New York.
The Greenburgh Central School District remains committed to sharing any further developments as they are available. During this critical time, our continued partnership and caring for one another are essential to successfully navigating through this unprecedented time. Your support is appreciated. Let’s stay in touch and let’s remain vigilant.
Dr. Tahira A. DuPree Chase
Superintendent of Schools