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Superintendent of Schools

A Message from Yiendhy Farrelly……


September 11, 2020

Good Afternoon West Babylon Families and Colleagues,
As we close out the first week of school, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your input, partnership and patience as we implement new procedures and iron out reopening details. It was absolutely AMAZING to have everyone back in person and virtually! We loved seeing students, staff and faculty smiling, laughing, and engaging with one another!
Unfortunately, within the first few days of school, 8 school districts have confirmed COVID-19 cases with either students or employees. As a reminder, the CDC has indicated COVID-19 symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. We recognize these symptoms are also symptoms of other health issues. We thank you for understanding that for the health and safety of ALL students, staff and faculty, we must have students and adults cleared by physicians when symptoms that could be related to COVID are exhibited.
I would like to also take a moment to address a few specific areas:

Chromebooks: Unfortunately, the delivery of our new Chromebooks has been delayed. Please know this is out of our control. As we receive Chromebooks, we will continue to distribute them to our students.  
Transportation: Due to new dismissal procedures, we experienced greater than normal transportation delays with some routes. We apologize for this inconvenience and assure you we have made adjustments that will expedite our dismissal.

Secondary Courses: Thank you for your patience as we adjusted individual student schedules throughout this week to address errors and/or try to accommodate family requests. As occurs every school year, students that are enrolled in secondary courses that do not have enough students enrolled are offered alternate course options. Not having enough students enrolled in some courses was certainly amplified this year with running two school programs at the secondary level (hybrid alternating days and full remote program). Although disappointing (understandably so), I thank you for your understanding.

Recess: We are working on outdoor recess experiences for our elementary and JHS students. Please allow us some time to coordinate recess programs that still maintain our safety protocols.

Masks: Thank you to all school officials and to our families for adhering to the mask requirement. We understand the concerns regarding the varying mask breaks procedures from class to class. We will continue to discuss and implement mask breaks in all classes - in a systematic, socially distanced manner.

Movement/Use of Outdoors: Now that we have successfully completed week one of school, (weather permitting) we plan to use the outdoors as much as we can. We will incorporate movement while still adhering to our social distancing protocols throughout the school day.

Athletics: Suffolk County school district athletic programs are postponed until January 2021. Winter, fall and spring seasons will take place between January and June. We will provide updates as county plans are finalized.

As you know, today is the anniversary of 9/11. Today our nation pauses to recall and reflect on the tragic event, the lives that were lost and the impact on our nation. Although each school has its own way of remembering this event and engaging in age-appropriate conversation, we all participated in a moment of silence as we began our day.

I thank you for your continued patience, support and partnership and wish you an enjoyable weekend. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!
Sincerely yours,
Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly

Superintendent of Schools