27 August 2020
Dear Shelter Island Parents and Guardians:
I am extremely excited to welcome you back for the 2020-2021 school year! We have all been through a great ordeal these past six months. I would like to thank the staff, faculty, administration, board of education, and you, our parents and children, for all being so supportive, patient and providing us with your input and suggestions. I cannot wait until the first day of school to welcome everyone back!
Things will look a bit different. I ask that you please refer to our school district reopening plan and the Covid-19 Resources tab on the district’s website. This tab contains all the information that you need to know in regards to safety for our school year. Students will be asked to wear masks and socially distanced themselves. Arrival and dismissal procedures will be a little bit different. Classrooms will be arranged in a more traditional format. While these are all inconveniences that we have to work through, one thing will remain constant – the love that our staff will show your children each and every day they step foot in the building.
There was not much downtime at the school this summer. The custodial staff has worked tirelessly to move classes, empty classrooms of extra material, clean the building, install all sorts of new safety materials – all while doing their normal summer tasks. Our summer team of administration, business office, secretarial staff, nurse, technology staff, registration office, and many others have been working without break to make sure we are ready for September 10.
One thing that remained the same during our physical closure/distance learning program is that we care for you and your children a great deal. While there may be a different feel to school this year, I am quite confident our staff is up to the task of providing your children with a top-notch education. I am even more confident that your children will feel the genuine care that our staff has for them. We will continue to adapt to this pandemic until it is over. We will get through this together and we will all be better off for it. In order to go over procedures with you and your children, we invite you to virtual reorientations on September 9th during the following times:
- Pre-K through 3rd Grade: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
- 4th Grade through 7th Grade: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
- 8th Grade through 12th Grade: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
I hope that you enjoy these remaining days of summer.
Brian Doelger, Ed.D.