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Superintendent of Schools


A Message from Yiendhy Farrelly……


May 27, 2020

Good evening West Babylon Families,

First and foremost, I hope you and your family are healthy. As you know, we have begun to close out the school year by completing all the traditional end of year tasks in non-traditional ways. A process that allows for staff, faculty and students to safely pick up personal belongings is well underway. We have also begun discussions relating to the reopening of schools. Our discussions and plans will be guided by the CDC guidelines, future state executive orders and stakeholder input. Be on the lookout for a parent survey seeking distance learning feedback/ reopening of schools input. Thank you to everyone for working together to support our students and each other during these unprecedented times.

Since our distance continuity of learning plan continued throughout the previously designated April spring recess, our last day of school will now be Thursday, June 18, 2020. Be on the lookout for virtual, social emotional end of year activities planned for June 17th and June 18th!

Throughout the last few weeks, members of our administration team and I have participated in meetings with our board, other school district representatives, county, state representatives, parent groups and SHS student reps regarding graduation ceremonies. All stakeholders expressed a desire to have our graduating class graduate together. We recognize how important this is to our students and families, therefore, we have been working tirelessly to achieve this goal while simultaneously adhering to all NYS social distancing and gathering requirements.

*If approved by the State/County/ Dept of Health, we are going to move forward with our traditional 8th grade and 12th grade graduation ceremony on our JHS turf field. The SHS graduation date would be Thursday, June 18th at 5:00 pm with a rain date of Friday, June 19th at 5:00 pm. The JHS graduation date would be Wednesday, June 17th at 5:00 pm with a rain date of Thursday, June 18th at 10:00 am. In order to keep the graduating class together for this ceremony, we will adhere to social distancing requirements and allow for each graduate to have 2 guests with them. Each graduate and their two guests will be seated together on the field in designated socially distant areas throughout our beautiful field. The ceremony will be streamed live for all who are not in attendance to also enjoy. If this plan is approved, all of the logistics will be sent out to our secondary families by our building principal.

If this on the field graduation plan is not approved by the state/county/ Department of Health, our 8th grade and 12th grade graduation ceremonies will take place at Overlook Beach as a “drive in” graduation ceremony. The ceremony would take place on the same dates and times noted above. We are so thankful to the Town of Babylon for working with us and allowing us to have a drive in graduation at Overlook Beach as a backup plan that still allows our graduates to graduate together.

Our elementary principals are in the middle of meeting with 5th grade parents groups to gather feedback on ways to celebrate our wonderful 5th graders moving up to the JHS! Once these feedback meetings have concluded, we will finalize plans to celebrate our 5th graders and send a letter with all the details to our 5th grade families. Information relating to other end of year celebrations will also be sent out to families.   

We are excited and looking forward to seeing our seniors and their family drive by for the senior parade tomorrow!

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly
Superintendent of Schools


 

 

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