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Coronavirus Information

Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District officials are in ongoing contact with the New York State Department of Health, the Nassau County Department of Health, and the New York State Education Department regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Any COVID-19 guidance for our schools will come from these agencies.

We will continue to update this page with resources and information as it becomes available.

 

NYS Travel Advisory and Quarantine  11/6/2020 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families:

Recently, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order that revised the NYS Travel Advisory and Quarantine requirements for travelers arriving in NYS effective November 4, 2020. In the upcoming weeks, there will be two significant breaks in our school calendar. Therefore, as we approach the holiday season, more than ever, we strongly encourage you to be cautious in your interactions to minimize the risks associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, for those who may be planning to travel, it will be imperative that you adhere to the new requirements associated with the NYS Travel Advisory. For more information regarding the revised NYS Travel Advisory and Quarantine requirements please click here. 

Please know that the health and safety of our school community remains our foremost priority. Further, adhering to the NYSDOH health and safety protocols, as well as, Travel Advisory and Quarantine requirements strengthens the likelihood of the BMCHSD being able to continue to provide full in-person instruction.

We appreciate the partnership and continued support our school community has provided during these challenging times and we look forward to continuing to offer the type of educational opportunities our community has grown accustomed to.

Should you have any further questions, please contact the building your child attends and we will be happy to assist you. May you and your family stay safe and remain healthy. Thank you.   

 

Respectfully,

John DeTommaso

Superintendent of Schools

 

Transitioning to a Full In-Person Learning Model  9/16/2020 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

I hope this email finds you well.  As we approach the end of the second week of classes, to say that I am pleased with the start of our school year would be an understatement.  The reality is that I have never been more proud of our students and staff and the ways in which they have navigated the first two weeks, adapted to our new routines and procedures, and abided by the new health and safety protocols.  Starting the year in our Hybrid Model allowed us opportunities to implement, execute, practice and make the necessary enhancements and revisions to our plans.

As mentioned last month, there is no substitute for in-person learning and our goal has always been to safely bring all students back to our schools.  Over the last two weeks, we have developed an understanding of our new procedures, protocols and routines and how best to maintain the safest and healthiest environment for all who enter our buildings.  The district has and will continue to closely monitor the infection rates everyday on Long Island and in the Bellmores and the Merricks.  Along with following guidance from Governor Cuomo’s office and the NYSDOH, the district will remain in close contact with the Nassau County Health Department as we move through the school year.

With all of that in mind, the Bellmore-Merrick Board of Education has given approval to move towards our full in-person learning model, and we will once again do so in the smartest and safest way possible.  In order to return to full in-person learning, our building administrative teams need a few extra days to adjust class sizes, solidify safety procedures and protocols, put up additional barriers and finalize preparations for welcoming back the entire student body.  Students, staff and parents can expect a return to full in-person learning on Friday, September 25th. 

Next week, we will follow the hybrid model for Monday (9/21) and Tuesday (9/22) and continue our ongoing evaluation and assessment of our daily routines and procedures.  On Wednesday (9/23) and Thursday (9/24), we will stagger in-person learning by grade level so that we can continue practicing and perfecting the navigation of entrances, exits, stairwells and hallways with a decreased population but give students and staff an opportunity to attend classes that have full in person attendance.  Understanding how to navigate our classrooms with full attendance will be our final step in preparing for the full in-person return.  Please see the schedule below:

Week 3: Transition Week

Monday, 9/21 – Hybrid Group A (A-L) in person and Group B (M-Z) remote

Tuesday, 9/22 – Hybrid Group B (M-Z) in person and Group A (A-L) remote

Wednesday, 9/23 – Grades 7, 9 and 10 attend in person (Grades 8, 11 and 12 remote)

Thursday, 9/24 – Grades 8, 11 and 12 attend in person (Grades 7, 9 and 10 remote)
Friday, 9/25 - Full in-person instruction

***Please note: If at any point, the Board of Education and school district personnel determines that full 5 day in-person instruction is not manageable and/or if cases in the area spike or the infection rates in Nassau County rise, we will return to our Hybrid Model of Learning.  The district will take guidance from the Governor’s Office, the NYSDOH and the Nassau County Department of Health. 

We know that making the decision to send your child back to in-person learning is an important one and we know that there are families who will not send their children back to full in-person learning.  Some of those families however, did send their children to hybrid learning the last two weeks and have grown comfortable with that particular learning model.  In an effort to accommodate as many families as possible, the Bellmore-Merrick Board of Education has made the decision to keep hybrid as a learning model option for families.  Starting on September 25th, Bellmore-Merrick parents will now have the option to choose any one of our three learning models for the remainder of the school year.

When the district moves to full in-person learning on Friday, 9/25:

  1. Parents may choose to send their child to full in-person learning five days a week.
  2. Parents may choose to keep their child in a hybrid learning model keeping in mind that class sizes will be larger as most of the student body will be in attendance.  Students enrolled in the hybrid model would follow the same schedule determined by alphabet (2 in-person days and 3 remote days following normal bell schedule).
  3. Parents may choose the alternate virtual learning model and students will attend all classes remotely five days a week. 

All students who did not initially select the full alternate virtual learning model will be scheduled for full in-person instruction.  If you wish to change your child’s learning model or select the hybrid learning model, please contact the building principal to make your request by Monday, 9/21.  If you would like to keep your child in the learning model selected prior to the school year, no further action is required.  Please understand that students who are participating in the alternate virtual or hybrid learning models may not move into full in-person until the start of the second quarter.

Once again, thank you for your patience, understanding and collaboration.  We truly look forward to the return to full in-person learning on Friday, September 25th

Take care and be well,

John

John DeTommaso

Superintendent of Schools

Bellmore-Merrick CHSD

(516) 992-1001

 

 

Reporting COVID-19 Cases Update 9/11/2020 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

I hope this email finds you and your family well and safe.  As the first week of classes comes to a close, I want to tell you how proud I am of the students and staff in regards to the reopening of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District.  The life that returned to our schools as students and staff entered our doors on Tuesday was a reminder of why all of us who work in the CHSD, chose this profession.  All six of our schools got off to a wonderful start and we worked diligently every day to improve in our practices, routines and procedures.  In addition to the new safety protocols and the ways in which we now enter, navigate and exit our hallways, stairwells and classrooms, we also successfully followed the appropriate steps and guidelines in dealing with a positive COVID-19 case.  We know that this will certainly not be the last time the BMCHSD has to manage a positive case so this email is to reiterate information regarding possible communications if a positive case of COVID-19 is reported in the District. Please know that communications will only be sent in the event that there is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Our schools may receive a report of a staff member or student with COVID-19 in two ways:

1: The school is notified by the Nassau County Department of Health (“confirmed case”)

2: The school is notified by a staff member or by the parent on behalf of their child (“self-report”). Please note that before any actions take place, a “self-report” must be confirmed by the Nassau County Department of Health.  (Please note that the BMCHSD will not respond to anonymous calls, emails and/or hearsay of potential cases of COVID-19.  We will follow the guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the Nassau County Health Department and follow all protocols and regulations for “confirmed” and “self-reported” cases.)

In either case, once a positive COVID-19 case in the schools is confirmed, the following guidance from the Governor’s NYS Department of Health and the Nassau County Department of Health must be followed:

Anyone who has had close contact (within six feet for more than 10 minutes)  must quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with the diagnosed person.  If a student or a staff in the same classroom is diagnosed with COVID-19, the entire class may not be considered close contacts.  Only those students or staff members who are within six feet for more than 10 minutes and identified by Nassau County Health Department as close contacts will be required to quarantine. 

In addition, if the bus driver or a student on a particular bus route is diagnosed with COVID-19, the entire bus may not be considered close contacts.  Only those students or staff members who are within six feet for more than 10 minutes and identified by Nassau County Health Department as close contacts will be required to quarantine. 

Those identified as close contacts and the number of days to be quarantined will always be determined in consultation with the Nassau County Department of Health. The school will cooperate with the Nassau County Department of Health’s contact tracing efforts. Contact tracing will include determining the people with whom the positive diagnosed person has been in close contact from 48 hours before symptoms began until the present.

The following are sample communications that will be sent out in the case we are notified of a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 in a staff member or student.  Please note, there may be occasions when staff members and/or students are asked to quarantine by the DOH if they are a close contact (not a diagnosed case) of someone outside of our school community who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  In these instances, communications will not be sent concerning that individual’s need to quarantine. 

Classroom:

This is to inform you that there has been a diagnosed case of COVID-19 in your child’s class. As a result, your child may not come to school, and per the Governor’s NYS Department of Health and the Nassau County Department of Health guidance, your child must quarantine until xx/xx. If any symptoms of COVID-19 occur, please see your child’s physician. Further information regarding remote instruction will follow.

School bus:

This is to inform you that there has been a diagnosed case of COVD-19 on your child’s school bus. As a result, your child may not come to school, and per the Governor’s NYS Department of Health and the Nassau County Department of Health guidance, your child must quarantine until xx/xx. If any symptoms of COVID-19 occur, please see your child’s physician. Further information regarding remote instruction will follow.

Related Services, Counseling Groups, Extra-Curricular Activities:

This is to inform you that there has been a diagnosed case of COVID-19 in a related service/counseling pull-out group/extra-curricular activity that your child attended.  As a result, your child may not come to school, and per the Governor’s NYS Department of Health and the Nassau County Department of Health guidance, your child must quarantine until xx/xx. If any symptoms of COVID-19 occur, please see your child’s physician.  Further information regarding remote instruction will follow.

We have been preparing for the reopening of schools for months, and by working together and following all recommended guidance, we are certain to have a successful school year.  Thank you for your continuous support, collaboration and cooperation! 

Staying Strong Together.

Be well,

John

 

John DeTommaso

Superintendent of Schools

Bellmore-Merrick CHSD

(516) 992-1001

 

 

Board of Education Letter to Governor Cuomo regarding the Fall High School Athletic Season - 9/9/2020

Please read the letter the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Board of Education sent to Governor Cuomo, NYSPHAA and Section VIII regarding the Fall High School Athletic Season.

Please click here to view the letter

 

Interscholastic Athletics Update 8/27/20 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families:

Yesterday, a decision was rendered by Section VIII to delay the start of interscholastic athletics until January of 2021. The official announcement, in part, was as follows:

“…Please be advised that based on an abundance of caution, Section VIII has decided to delay the start of all fall sports and plan for the model of running three sports seasons starting in January; Winter sports, January and February, Fall sports March and April, Spring sports May and June.”

We have received many questions regarding the process by which this decision was made. As stated in previous correspondence, the Section VIII Executive Director met with the Executive Director of NYSPHSAA on Tuesday and earlier yesterday, the Executive Director of Section VIII called a meeting with the Superintendents who serve on the Section VIII Executive Board.  The result of the Section VIII Executive Board meeting was a unanimous decision to delay the start of fall sports until January of 2021.

The weight of a decision of this magnitude is no doubt difficult. Balancing the health and safety of faculty, students and staff, while also taking into account the benefits of interscholastic athletics is no easy task. That being said, we have received many emails asking if we voted in favor of the decision. In response, no individual in the BMCHSD serves on the committee that made this decision and therefore, we did not have a vote.  

In Bellmore-Merrick, we pride ourselves on creating opportunities for all students to participate in extracurricular activities whether it be in athletics, music or the arts. If the decision of the Section VIII Executive Board stands, Bellmore-Merrick will do all it can for its student-athletes. Please know that we have already begun discussions internally on how we as a district can provide meaningful athletic experiences for our students after the successful reopening of schools is completed. This will be a herculean task given the inconsistencies in the state’s guidelines and mandates that currently exist, in addition to, much of what is being communicated regarding schools out of the Governor’s office. However, we assure you that members of our Board of Education, Central and Building level administrative teams and our coaching staff are committed to providing the types of experiences our students have grown accustomed to as soon as conceivably possible.

As we approach the start of the new school year and become acclimated with our new “normal”, we remain steadfast in our approach in creatively making these opportunities a reality. Information will be forthcoming. Until then, may you and your family be safe and remain healthy.   

Sincerely,

 

John DeTommaso

Superintendent of Schools 

Bellmore-Merrick CHSD

 

Eric Caballero

Director of Physical Education, Athletics,

Drivers Education & Health

Bellmore-Merrick CHSD

 

 

BMCHSD Reopening Update 8/24/20 - Alternate Virtual Learning Model 2020-21

Please click here to view the update

 

 

BMCHSD Reopening Update 8/10/20 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

I hope this email finds you well.  As you know by now, Governor Cuomo has decided that schools across NYS can reopen to in-person learning starting in September. Certainly, the decision is not surprising given the extremely low infection rates on Long Island.  The  Governor also made it clear that local school districts will decide the model used to reopen schools. 

Toward that end, the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District has been working tirelessly to solidify its reopening plan.  Reopening committees made up of all the various constituent groups in the district have been incredible in their efforts to help reopen our schools in the safest and smartest way possible.  Governor Cuomo has made it abundantly clear that the decision to reopen schools rests with the wants and needs of parents in the community and in the ability of the school district to reopen safely for students and staff.  In order to further inform our decision in that regard, the recent survey sent home to district parents about the preferred method of instruction (Full In-Person, Hybrid, Remote) netted nearly 4600 responses out of a possible 5200.  81% of those respondents preferred a full in-person opening.  And an additional 9% of respondents would prefer to send their children to school in a hybrid model.  Also, leadership from our various unions have been actively involved in our reopening plans and their wants and needs are being taken into account as well.  The Governor also stated that school district reopening plans require NYSED approval prior to implementation and all three BMCHSD plans have been approved.

With the reality that there is no substitute for In-Person learning, the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD submitted plans to NYSED with the hope of bringing all students back full time.  With Governor Cuomo’s decision, the district now has the approval to move towards that goal, but BMCHSD has made the thoughtful decision to do so in the safest and smartest way possible for students, parents and staff.  Nothing we do is more important than that and our ability to create the safest, healthiest environment for all who enter our buildings is paramount in our reopening decisions.  

Therefore, with this and more in mind, below is the initial BMCHSD Plan for reopening schools on September 8, 2020:

*All district schools will reopen on September 8th utilizing a variation of the district’s approved Hybrid Model.  Even though our goal is to transition to a full 5 day in-person learning model, we will use our hybrid plan to decrease the number of students in school during the opening days and observe, monitor and adjust our new procedures, protocols, and routines that students and staff will be navigating for the first time.  We know that adjusting to this new world in the educational setting will take time and it will be critical for school district personnel to assess and evaluate our procedures, protocols and routines with less students before making the transition to full in-person learning for all.  It will also be critical for parents to reinforce with their children the importance of abiding by these new health and safety procedures that will be sent to you over the next days and weeks from your school principals. 

***Please note: If school district personnel determines that a transition to full 5 day in-person instruction is not warranted or possible given that building conditions will not allow for everyone to follow proper social distancing guidelines and safety protocols, we will remain in a Hybrid Model of Learning. 

Our hope is that utilizing our Hybrid plan for nine days gives students and staff an opportunity to practice and perfect new routines, procedures and protocols so that we can return to Full In-Person learning on September 21th.  Please know that our principals will be communicating with you on a daily basis during those first two weeks updating you on our progress and whether our protocols and procedures are being strictly followed by everyone. 

Below are the plans for the first two weeks of school as they stand now.  These plans could change depending on a number of factors both within and outside of the school district and thus are NOT set in stone.

Week 1: September 8th - September 11th:

A to L Tuesday, 9/8 and Thursday, 9/10
M to Z Wednesday, 9/9 and Friday 9/11

Week 2: September 14th - September 18th:

A to L Monday, 9/14 and Thursday, 9/17
M to Z Tuesday, 9/15 and Friday, 9/18
On Wednesday, 9/16, students will attend live classes remotely from home as per the hybrid plan schedule.  This will give students and staff the opportunity to familiarize themselves with full class, live remote lessons which may be necessary in the future.  The administrative team will meet on this day to discuss our plans to either move forward with full in-person or to remain in the hybrid model.  Parents will be notified of that decision on or before September 16th.

Week 3:
Potential Full in-person instruction – September 21st.

According to our survey, 9% of our parents were comfortable sending their children to a hybrid model and not comfortable sending their children to a Full In-Person model.  If BMCHSD decides to transition to a Full in-Person model, parents can opt for the Alternative Remote option at that time. 

As a reminder, parents who choose not to send their children back to in-person schooling in September will be scheduled for our alternative remote learning option and specific details regarding our plan will be communicated soon.  In addition, building principals will be scheduling virtual meetings with parents soon to discuss our plans in further detail.  During the next few weeks, communication will be frequent and ongoing and as always, make the health and safety of our school community as our top priority. 

Once again, thank you for your patience, understanding and collaboration as we look forward to the start of the 2020-21 school year.

Take care and be well,

John DeTommaso

Superintendent of Schools

 

BMCHSD Reopening Update 8/10/20 - FAQ Document

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

Please click here to find a  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document which provides responses to commonly asked questions regarding our reopening plan.  As you know the window for submitting questions extends through Wednesday, August 12th.  We will continue to update our FAQ document over the next couple of weeks as more questions are submitted and the finalized document will be posted on the Bellmore-Merrick website.  

Take care and be well,

Mike Harrington

Bellmore-Merrick CHSD

Assistant Superintendent

Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

(516) 992-1040


 

BMCHSD Reopening Update 8/7/20 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

This afternoon Governor Cuomo announced that NYS schools are allowed to reopen. Consistent with prior guidance, plans must be posted on the District website.  As stated in our Reopening Plan on Page 36, Bellmore-Merrick’s intention is to open in person unless the metrics change, and the Governor directs us otherwise. 

Information about an Alternate Virtual Remote Model will be forthcoming for those parents who choose not to send their child back to school in person.  After giving the parents an opportunity to review the details of our Alternate Virtual Remote Plan and ask questions through either our FAQ document or one of our parent forums (which will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks), the district will ask for a final commitment to one of the two learning models. 

As an integral part of the reopening process, communication with the school community was initiated for feedback.  One of our initiatives that we have put forward in seeking community feedback was to gather data from a survey regarding the varied learning models and parental preference.  We also sent an open invitation this week to submit questions to be included in our FAQ document.  As a reminder, questions may still be submitted to https://forms.gle/47gDhfAEEA2BpHB18 through Wednesday, 8/12.  The completed FAQ document will be posted on our website at http://www.bellmore-merrick.k12.ny.us/  .

Once again, we thank you for your active participation as we prepare for the start of the new year.

Be well,

John DeTommaso

Superintendent of Schools

Bellmore-Merrick CHSD

(516) 992-1001

 

Bellmore-Merrick's Comprehensive Plan for Reopening Schools 7/31/20 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

I hope this email finds you safe, well and enjoying the summer.  As we enter the month of August, I am overcome with gratitude for the work that has been done the last two months as we prepare for the reopening of schools in September.  This morning, the BMCHSD submitted our finalized plans to the NYS Department of Education and the NYS Department of Health.  Although all NYS school district plans were due today, please note that Governor Cuomo has communicated that the final decision regarding the reopening of schools will be made by August 7th.

The Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Reopening Committee and sub-committees made up of central office and building administrators, teachers, custodians, clerical and parents have worked diligently and collaboratively throughout the entire summer to make sure that Bellmore-Merrick is prepared to begin the school year in the healthiest and safest way possible.  I would be remiss if I did not say how thankful I am to all committee members who gave up sacred summer time with their families and friends to actively participate in our reopening planning.  They have spent many hours reviewing and discussing the guidance documents and developing our Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year.  In accordance with this guidance, the District has developed three options/models:

  • In-Person Learning
  • Hybrid Learning (a combination of In-Person and Remote Learning)
  • Remote Learning

The BMCHSD Reopening Plans can be found on our website and may be accessed by clicking here

It is important to understand that this is a “living” document that will undergo changes, revisions and updates as we move closer to the start of school and as more guidance from the various agencies (Governor’s Office, NYSED, NYDOH) we rely on becomes available.  I understand that you may have additional questions:  please know that we will be reaching out early next week and will be in close communication to share plans for building procedures, transportation, technology, and health screening, among others.

On Monday, you will receive another email containing the link to an important parent survey addressing the preferred learning model and transportation.  We are going to ask families to complete the survey by Friday, August 7th.

As we all deal with this new world that has become part of all aspects of our daily lives, now more than ever we need to work together, to stay strong together in ways that benefit everyone who lives and works in Bellmore-Merrick.  We can and will continue to do many wonderful things for kids and families each and every day regardless of how those days will look.  As always, the health and safety of our students and staff remain paramount in all of our reopening decisions. Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation and support. 

Staying strong together,

Be well,

John DeTommaso

Superintendent of Schools

Bellmore-Merrick CHSD

(516) 992-1001

 

Coronavirus Update 7/24/20 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso Regarding Reopening Schools 2020-21

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

I hope this email finds you and your families safe and well.  The Bellmore-Merrick School Districts are continually working together, and meeting with our individual district committees reviewing the requirements from the State Education Department to develop plans for reopening schools in September. In addition to the guidance previously released, as late as this week the New York State Education Department sent new and updated information which changed previous guidance. We want to assure you that we continue to work together as a Bellmore-Merrick community to develop plans that focus on the health, safety, and educational success of all students.

On July 31, each district, as required, will submit a framework reopening plan to the New York State Education Portal. A copy of the submitted plan will be available on our respective district websites for the community to review.   As August begins, the district and the reopening task force teams will continue planning the details relative to each of the educational models submitted to the state.  We anticipate receiving more specific guidance in the next several days, and therefore we will be sending out information and surveys to assist with our planning.

This is a challenging time for all of us, and we want to sincerely thank you for your continued commitment and support. 

Staying strong together,


John DeTommaso, Superintendent of Schools, Bellmore-Merrick CHSD

Dr. Joseph S. Famularo, Superintendent of Schools, Bellmore UFSD

Marie Testa, Superintendent of Schools, North Bellmore UFSD

Dr. Dominick Palma, Superintendent of Schools, Merrick UFSD

Dr. Cynthia Seniuk, Superintendent of Schools, North Merrick UFSD

 

 

Coronavirus Update 7/17/20 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso Regarding Reopening Schools 2020-21

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

I hope this email finds you and your families safe and well as we move through the summer season. As you may have heard or read, the New York State Education Department released a guidance document yesterday entitled, “Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York’s Schools,” with guidelines for all New York State school districts for reopening schools in September. Although this guidance document presents some very complex and challenging mandates for school districts to safely reopen schools in September, please rest assured that the Bellmore-Merrick, Bellmore, North Bellmore, Merrick, and North Merrick school districts are working together to provide the best and safest educational experience for all our students and their families.

We are fortunate in the Bellmore-Merrick community to be part of an educational component system that collaborates and works in unison for the betterment of all children. As superintendents with a shared and vested interest in the greater Bellmore-Merrick community, we are developing plans that focus on the health, safety, and educational success of all our students. These plans will be similar in nature, while at the same time recognizing the special circumstances of each district and school community.

All of the component districts formed Reopening/Task Force committees to provide a forum for our stakeholders to discuss and formulate plans essential to the reopening of schools. Their mission, as set forth by Governor Cuomo and the NYS Education Department, is to develop and submit three distinct reopening plans by July 31, 2020:

1. Remote/Distance Learning

2. Hybrid Model of Learning (a combination of Remote Learning and In-Person Learning)

3. In-Person Learning (a regular opening with certain health and safety restrictions)

Our reopening committees consisting of various stakeholders such as parents, teachers, paras, clericals, nurses, custodians, board members, and administrators have been working extremely hard to create plans that will meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all students in the safest way possible. The safety of students and staff has and will continue to be our top priority as we navigate through the various guidance documents from the New York State Education Department, New York State Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control.

Lastly, Governor Cuomo stated, “During the first week of August, the State will announce a decision on whether or not schools reopen, and we want to make that decision with the best available data because facts change here day to day and week to week.” Over the next couple of weeks, the five districts will continue to communicate and send updates regarding the details of our plans for reopening schools in our communities.

On behalf of the Boards of Education in the Bellmores and the Merricks, thank you so much for your continued commitment to our districts through these most difficult times. We are proud and honored every day to serve the Bellmore-Merrick community and will continue to do our best as we eagerly await seeing all our kids and families in September.

 

Staying strong together,

John DeTommaso, Superintendent of Schools Bellmore-Merrick CHSD

Dr. Joseph S. Famularo, Superintendent of Schools Bellmore UFSD

Marie Testa, Superintendent of Schools North Bellmore UFSD

Dr. Dominick Palma, Superintendent of Schools Merrick UFSD

Dr. Cynthia Seniuk, Superintendent of Schools, North Merrick UFSD

 

Coronavirus Update 6/26/20 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso Regarding Reopening Schools 2020-21

Click here to view the update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

 

Coronavirus Update 6/4/20 - Message from the BMCHSD Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

Please click here to view the message

 

Coronavirus Update 6/3/20 - June 2 Board of Education Meeting Video

Please click here to access the June 2 Board of Education Meeting Video

 

Coronavirus Update 6/1/20 -Board of Education Announcement

The Board of Education announces a virtual meeting for Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. The meeting will be taking place via videoconference with no in-person attendance.

Please click here for the full agenda.

The 6/2/20 Board of Education meeting will be streamed via Zoom Webinar

Please see the details below:

When: June 2, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: 8:00pm BMCHSD Board of Education Meeting - Tuesday, June 2 

Please click the link below to join the webinar: 


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86749692092?pwd=S0hJK2g5ejVyUjZJYmhuV0tNMmFxUT09 


Password: 093860 

 

Coronavirus Update 5/27/20 -Academic Summer Refresher Courses

Click here to view the update from Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Michael Harrington

 

Coronavirus Update 5/15/20 -2019-20 School Year Update

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families and Staff,

As per Governor Cuomo’s most recent Executive Order on May 8, 2020, the Bellmore-Merrick Distance Learning Plan will remain in effect until Friday, June 12th.  District administration and faculty will utilize Monday, June 15th, Tuesday, June 16th and Wednesday, June 17th to finalize grade reporting and process 4th Quarter Report Cards.  NYSED’s decision to cancel Regents Exams, the district’s decision to cancel all final exams, and the decision to continue Distance Learning during the Spring Recess were all determining factors when making the decision to end the school year on Wednesday, June 17th (Please note that May 22nd and May 26th, which were originally designated as snow make-up days, will now be instructional days with scheduled distance learning). The Central High School District also worked in coordination and collaboration with the four component elementary school districts when making the final determination of the last school day.  Please know that the Bellmore-Merrick School Counseling and PPS teams, as well as the Central Office and Building Administrative teams, will remain available to assist students and families throughout the summer months. 

As we move towards the completion of the 2019-20 academic school year, Bellmore-Merrick Administrative and Faculty teams have also been identifying skills, concepts, and content that are essential to future success, and will be offering a series of Academic Refresher Courses by subject area and grade level for students to access prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year.  More details to follow. 

Decisions about year-end celebrations like Middle School Moving Up Ceremonies and High School Graduations are still being discussed, and further clarification from the Governor’s office will be needed before we finalize our plans.  Please know that we will do whatever is needed to provide our students and families with these memorable events that recognize our students’ achievements.  We are hoping to conclude those discussions and finalize our plans as soon as possible.

Be well and stay safe,

John DeTommaso

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

Coronavirus Update 5/1/20 -Extended School Closure Update

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families, 

I hope this email finds you all safe and well. I am writing to you this afternoon to let you know that Governor Cuomo has just announced that schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 academic school year.  We are expecting further information from the Governor’s Office as to the specific details.  As soon as that information becomes available, we will communicate that with you. 

As difficult as this is to comprehend and write, it was certainly not unexpected.  Although significant progress has been made to stop the spread, it is hard to argue this decision as COVID-19 continues to bring daily heartache and fear to our friends and neighbors. I am more than aware that the loss of life and tragic circumstances faced by many we know makes the closing of school, in reality, less devastating.  However, I cannot help feeling a tremendous sense of loss for our Bellmore-Merrick family…our students, parents and staff, with this last decision to close school.  The finality of it is hard to handle for all of us, but especially for our kids.  Let us be certain to keep them in the forefront of our thoughts as they try to deal with something that very few people on this planet have ever experienced. 

While we are truly heartbroken for the members of the Class of 2020, know that the Bellmore-Merrick Administrative Team has been working tirelessly to find ways to celebrate our seniors and preserve as many end-of-year events as possible.  The team has also been working on culminating events for our middle school students as well.  Even though these events will look very different this year, we are fully committed to finding creative ways to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of this extraordinary group of seniors.  In the weeks to come, guidance from the Governor Cuomo, the CDC and the NYS Health Department will allow us to finalize plans in regards to our end-of-year events. As soon as decisions are made, we will communicate our finalized plans.

Please know that our hearts and thoughts go out to all of our students, especially our seniors and their families during this most difficult time, and we look forward to recognizing their incredible accomplishments to the Bellmore-Merrick community and celebrating their high school graduation.

Be well and stay safe,

John DeTommaso

Superintendent of Schools

 

Coronavirus Update 4/29/20 - Updates on Distance Learning Plan and 4th Quarter

Dear Parents/Guardians:

When we first received word that schools were closing on March 16th, none of us could have imagined how long and challenging this spring would be.  During the course of the last two months, the Bellmore-Merrick administrators and faculty have worked diligently to enhance, improve and refine our distance learning plan, and offer an experience that is fair, consistent, and manageable.  I am writing to provide you with an update in regards to the most recent changes relating to the Bellmore-Merrick Distance Learning Plan and the 4th Quarter.

Distance Learning Plan

While distance learning is not equivalent to an “in-person” education, the implementation of a departmental schedule on April 1st has provided structure and consistency to our plan.  Entering the month of May, and awaiting further guidance from Governor Cuomo, now more than ever, our students need more opportunities to interact and connect with their teachers and classmates.  While pre-recorded and live instructional platforms have become the norm for most of our teachers, as of Monday, May 4th, we will be providing more instruction that allows for greater teacher-student interaction.  Students can expect to see more pre-recorded videos and/or may be asked to participate in live video or audio mini-lessons through applications like Zoom or Google Meets.  In addition, teachers will be available during extra help time blocks via live platforms such as Zoom or Google Meets to answer questions and give additional support.  The academic focus for the remainder of the school closure will be on skill development, completion of units of study, and preparing students for future learning.  With decisions made in regards to the cancellation of NYS Regents and BMCHSD final exams, teachers now have the ability to dig deeper into the curriculum and engage students in additional learning experiences. 

4th Quarter Grades

Teachers will continue to utilize their current grading practices to provide feedback and monitor student progress on assignments, effort, and online participation.  All distance learning will be converted to a Pass/Fail grade for the 4th Quarter Report Card.  Note that the decision to utilize a Pass/Fail quarter grade is in effect assuming that distance learning will continue past May 15th.

Please note if your child is enrolled in a Dual Enrollment Course for College Credit, BMCHSD teachers are required to submit numerical and/or letter grades to the participating college at the end of the semester.  Therefore, dual enrollment course teachers will continue to use numerical grades throughout the 4th quarter so that they can clearly demonstrate student understanding and successful completion of the unit of study.

Attendance and Active Participation

There still remains the expectation that students are participating, attending, and meeting the requirements of their teachers.  As always, BMCHSD teachers are committed to providing opportunities for student success and growth.  Now more than ever, it is important for students to take advantage of connecting with their teachers and classmates.  We ask that you speak to your children about the importance of staying engaged with their teachers and working hard to complete their units of study and develop the necessary skills so they are best prepared for future learning.    

Thank you for your never-ending support, patience, and understanding as we continue to work together through these incredibly challenging times.  Our district and building level administrative teams, along with our school counseling and PPS staffs remain available if you have any questions or concerns.  Once again, thank you for your active participation and cooperation.

Take care and be well,

John DeTommaso - Superintendent of Schools

Mike Harrington - Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum

 

Coronavirus Update 4/22/20 - Concerts and Musicals Update

Dear Bellmore-Merrick families,

I hope this email finds you and your family healthy & navigating as best as possible during this uncertain time.

The State and Federal guidelines for social distancing and school closures through at least May 15th  have now brought us to a point in our school calendar when many wonderful spring events take place, specifically our concerts and rescheduled musicals.  Most of these events were scheduled to start this week and continue over the next several weeks.  To say this is a devastating time is an understatement as we know how meaningful these events and memories are to all of us; their cancellation by virtue of the simple fact that we are not in school is heartbreaking.

As this unprecedented situation continues to evolve, there is always the possibility of things changing.  While we can with no certainty guarantee rescheduled future dates, there is always hope...and while it is becoming more and more difficult, the District will continue to hold on to that hope for our kids.

However, what we do know for certain at this time is the important role that the arts play in all of our lives,  perhaps now more than ever.  Therefore, we will continue providing meaningful musical experiences for our students involved in these programs while remote learning is taking place.  

And to all our students...We are so incredibly proud of you.  Remember, we are here for you and encourage you to use music right now for the powerful healing tool it can be.

Be well.

-Ms. Fontana

Cheryl Fontana

Director Fine & Performing Arts

 

Coronavirus Update 4/21/20 - Cancellation of Spring Sports-Section VIII

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Athletes:

Across the globe, from the professional ranks to little league, the widespread decisions to postpone or cancel virtually all athletic competition this spring come with an understandable and unavoidable level of disappointment, anger, and despair from all involved, including myself. Regrettably, this letter is to inform you that today, Patrick Pizzarelli, Executive Director of Section VIII Athletics, has made the difficult decision to cancel the Spring Sports Season in Nassau County. To say that this is devastating would be an understatement. I am so sorry.

Every athlete can connect to the fact that their hard work, team bonding, and championship aspirations feel abruptly taken without any sign of replacement. So many stories will likely go untold, but the playing field has been evened. The score is 0-0. Right now, in this time of unprecedented measures, sports shows character and that is why we love them the way we do. The challenge is to somehow become better as a result of it all.

For those seniors whose careers have been cut short, hold your head high. As challenging as it may be at this time, think about the lasting memories you have made with coaches and teammates and the time and effort that you have invested throughout your career. Reminisce about the excitement of achieving an off-season personal goal, team accolades or seeing your best friends perform well. For those who plan to continue sports participation collegiately, know that this will not define you. Rather, it is just the beginning of your journey.

To underclassmen in high school, as well as, middle school athletes continuing their pursuit of excellence at home, when you play catch with a sibling, go for a run around the neighborhood, throw a lacrosse ball against the wall or shoot hoops in the driveway, hold out hope. When you get back to league competition, the championship game or 8am Saturday practices, no longer take it for granted. I look forward to seeing you all compete next year, bigger, better and stronger. With the mental fortitude to take on any hurdle that comes your way.

Please know that I, along with our Board of Education, our entire Administrative team, Athletic Coordinators, coaches and support staff will exhaust every effort to ensure that all eligible athletes receive their letters, pins and certificates. Rest assured we will also work diligently with each High School Sports Boosters organization to determine how to best conduct end of season sports awards ceremonies remotely. Details will be forthcoming and will be specific to each building.  

Lastly, we will all continue to be here for you during this time. It is the “Bellmore-Merrick Way”, the only way. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience. May you and your family remain safe and stay healthy.

Sincerely, 

Mr. Eric Caballero

Director of Physical Education, Athletics,

Drivers Education & Health

 

Coronavirus Update 4/17/20 - Extended School Closure

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Coronavirus Update 4/11/20 -Thank You and Happy Holidays

 

 Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

I hope this email finds you all staying safe and feeling well.  It’s hard to believe that it has been almost one month since we have last seen your kids roaming the halls in the CHSD.  We miss them very much and can’t wait to see everyone again in the future.  I want you to know how much the entire staff appreciates your support and values our extraordinary partnership to do all we can for kids.  This is particularly evident when we celebrate good times and when we must come together to overcome life’s obstacles.  What lies ahead is unsettling, but rest assured, the staff in the CHSD is here for you.  Bellmore-Merrick will remain steadfast, in making certain we are a district that can always be counted on to put the needs of kids and families before anything else we do. 

As I move through my twenty-second year in the BMCHSD, I take great solace in knowing that the Bellmore-Merrick community has dealt with much adversity over the years and yet, rises up each time to take care of friends and neighbors like no place I know.  It is why I am so confident that we will all see this through and come out the other side more committed to doing the absolute best for our kids, our families and our community. 

With the holiday season upon us, my sincerest hope is that each of you will get to enjoy time with your family in a perhaps different, yet equally loving way.  From my family to yours, Happy Holidays!  Please enjoy the video below that was created for kids, families and staff.  Hoping it brings a smile and a bit of joy.

https://youtu.be/FhKhRkKcCws

Be well,

John DeTommaso

Superintendent of Schools

 

Coronavirus Update 4/9/20 -Free and Reduced Lunch Update

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Coronavirus Update 4/8/20 - Further Guidance Regarding the Cancellation of NYS Regents Exams

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Coronavirus Update 4/6/20 -June Regents and Extended School Closure

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Coronavirus Update 4/2/20 - Important Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

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Coronavirus Update 4/2/20 -BMCHSD Field Closures

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families and Community Members:

The BMCHSD has kept school fields opened to the community for as long as possible. Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, all Bellmore-Merrick fields will now be closed effective immediately.

Use of the tracks will still be permitted as long as social distancing guidelines (6 feet) are adhered to by walkers and runners alike.

The BM security team will continue to monitor all outside activity on school property 7 days a week.

Thank you so much for your help and assistance in making certain that everyone follows the guidelines above. Please know, that the CHSD Board of Education and I understand how incredibly difficult this whole crisis has been on all of our families. We sincerely hope that our school fields can be opened up to the community in the not so distant future.  We are all looking forward to seeing all of you again very soon.

Be well and stay safe,

John DeTommaso

Superintendent of Schools

 

Coronavirus Update 4/1/20 -SCOPE School District Emergency Extended Childcare Program 

The Bellmore-Merrick CHSD is participating in a countywide plan to provide emergency child care through SCOPE at locations throughout the county.  The provisions for who qualifies for this program is set by New York State.  Details can be found on the SCOPE website: (https://www.scopeonline.us/scope-emergency-child-care).  The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is asking school districts to send the following survey about childcare needs to all families: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3HSNNYJ.

 

Coronavirus Update 3/29/20 -Board of Education Announcement

BOARD OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCEMENT
Due to the challenging circumstances presented by the COVID-19 crisis, the Board of Education announces a virtual meeting for Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. The meeting will be taking place via videoconference with no in-person attendance.

Please click here for the full agenda.  Please click here for the updated Public Notice.
 
The 4/1/20 Board of Education meeting will be streamed via Zoom Webinar

Please see the details below:
 
When: Apr 1, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Board of Education Meeting - 4/1/20

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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COVID-19  3/27/20 -Update on School Closure

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

As you are probably aware, earlier today, Governor Cuomo announced that all New York State schools will remain closed until Wednesday, April 15th.  This date falls in the middle of our Spring Recess.  Please know that the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD will remain closed through the end of that week.  Therefore, our return date, as of today will be Monday, April 20th.

As explained in my email earlier, in anticipation of an extended school closure, the Bellmore-Merrick administrators and teachers have worked diligently to make our approach to remote learning more consistent, manageable and accessible.  An Instructional Delivery and Extra Help schedule by subject will be distributed early next week.

Stay safe and be well,

John DeTommaso

Superintendent of Schools

 

COVID-19  3/27/20 - Remote Learning Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

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COVID-19  3/26/20 -Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families, 

As you may have heard, this past week the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District as well as of all of our elementary component districts have reported individuals testing positive for COVID-19.  Today, the Nassau County Department of Health informed us of a Grand Avenue Middle School student that has tested positive for COVID-19.  This student did not develop symptoms until the week after school had been closed.  The student has already fully recovered.  Federal privacy laws prevent the disclosure of individual identities of those with a diagnosis.

The Nassau County Department of Health and medical director has also informed us that many more cases will emerge which can be mildly symptomatic.  It seems clear that COVID-19 is widely dispersed in the region at this stage, as the school district is not the only local entity that is hearing from individuals who have tested positive and symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. The Nassau County Department of Health investigates confirmed COVID-19 cases and takes necessary actions if needed.

Please be sure to check the CDC website for all information pertaining to COVID-19 cases as needed.   Anyone who is experiencing any symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing and fever are advised by health authorities to contact a physician or the New York State Department of Health (888) 364-3065.

The Department of Health wanted me to again deeply stress the precautions we should all already be taking for the foreseeable future: 

-   Where possible, remain at least 6 feet away from other individuals

-   Use good hygiene at home including handwashing and frequent disinfection of surfaces

-   Monitor yourself for symptoms, especially fever, and contact your health care provider if you show signs of illness.

-   Please follow any new government directions as they emerge

Please take care of your health and your family. These are challenging times, but we will get though them together.

Sincerely,

John DeTommaso

Superintendent of Schools

 

Coronavirus Update 3/26/20 -  Driver Education Update

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Driver Education Families,

Yesterday, the State Education Department (SED) issued updated guidance explaining how students enrolled in Driver Education programs can complete classroom instruction and road tests during the extended school closure. Unfortunately, based on these guidelines, Bellmore-Merrick will not be able to provide lecture remotely as it would not meet the requirements of the SED.

Therefore, we will resume Driver Education instruction when the extended school closure ends. After consultation with the Department of Motor Vehicles, SED will also allow students enrolled in Driver Education courses in spring 2020 to complete laboratory instruction (Car) during the summer or fall of 2020. Rest assured that BMCHSD will honor tuition and provide credit to future sessions accordingly.

Please know that our first priority will be to complete the spring 2020 Driver Education session for our students. That could mean instruction is completed in the summer for those enrolled this spring. In the event that there is an update from SED on these guidelines, we are prepared to act quickly to provide our students the instruction they have grown accustom to and you will be notified immediately. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at your convenience. Be safe and stay healthy. 

Sincerely, 

Mr. Eric Caballero

Director of Physical Education, Athletics,

Drivers Education & Health

 

Coronavirus Update 3/23/20 - Message from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

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Coronavirus Update 3/22/20 -Large Group Gatherings

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

It has come to our attention that many students in the community are still congregating in large numbers on our fields, elementary properties, playgrounds, and throughout the Bellmore-Merrick community. Given our current state of emergency, it is essential that we keep social distancing a priority, adhere to C.D.C. guidelines, and do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

We want our students to stay physically active, but they should do so without congregating in groups. Maintaining the safety of our community is a joint effort, and we ask that you please emphasize the importance of ‘social distancing’ during this critical time. This is an evolving situation, but the medical guidance on this is clear, we must refrain from large groups

We thank you in advance for partnering with us to help ensure everyone's  safety and well-being.

The Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting students put together a video to help understand ‘How to Social Distance.’ We have included the link below, please share with your families.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyJ64LFsReI&disable_polymer=true

Please be well, 

  

Coronavirus Update 3/20/20 - NYS Assessments

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

Please see the message below from the State Education Department which announces that all of the following state tests are suspended for this school year:

  • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
  • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
  • New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
  • New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
  • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and
  • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.

Please note that Regents Exams are not yet included on this list. This is all of the information available at this time.  We will send out updates as they become available.

Please be well.

 

Coronavirus Update 3/20/20 - AP Exams - Update From The College Board

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

The College Board developed a plan to deal with the event of an extended school closure.  People may not necessarily agree with the plan but at least decisions were made and we now know exactly what is expected of our AP teachers and students for the remainder of the year. 

Based on this plan, AP exams will be shortened to 45 minutes and administered on personal devices.  Students will also have the opportunity to choose one of two test dates per exam.  Additionally, exams will concentrate on content taught prior to March.  There is a breakdown for each course explaining which units of instruction are included on each exam.  Please take the time to become familiar with the link document (below) and how the changes relate to your courses and exams. 

It is also important to note the changes that have been made to Art and Design Portfolios requirements and deadlines and changes made to AP Computer Science Principles and AP Seminar.

https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update

Hopefully this plan and the information provided will alleviate some anxiety and help guide our teachers and students through the remainder of the year.  We will continue to communicate with you as this plan unfolds.

Please be well.

 

Coronavirus Update 3/18/20 - Athletics Update

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families:

I hope this message finds you well. I wanted to take a moment to reiterate that Athletics, and all associated activities, have been postponed indefinitely. “Captain’s Practices” are also strictly prohibited. This decision was vetted by Section VIII Athletics in accordance with the recommendations made by the CDC and the NYS Department of Health. Our coaches have been notified and will be updated regularly.

In addition, our fields will be closely monitored by our security staff as to avoid large groups on our fields and tracks. Kindly, remind your children that any group activity, indoors or outdoors, does not follow the guidelines of social distancing. Our primary goal is the health and safety of our students. Thank you for your partnership in this endeavor during this unprecedented time. We appreciate your support. Be safe and stay healthy.

Best,

Eric Caballero

Director of Physical Education, Athletics,

Drivers Education & Health

 

Coronavirus Update 3/17/20 -Extended School Closure

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

I hope you and your family are doing as best as you can during this extraordinarily challenging time.  As you are probably aware, yesterday, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order directing all NYS schools to be closed through April 1st.  At that time, the state will reassess whether to extend the school closures further. 

The district will continue to provide you with updates as they become available.  In the meantime, we will continue to utilize our remote learning platforms and remain available to assist you and your family in any way we can.

Take care and please be well.

 

Coronavirus Update 3/15/20 - Free and Reduced Lunch During School Closure

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families:

We are pleased to relay to you that the New York State Commissioner of Education has approved continuation of the Free & Reduced School Lunch Program during school closures due to COVID-19. Beginning tomorrowMarch 16th, the District will provide take away lunches for students on Free & Reduced Lunch. The lunch package will also contain a breakfast cereal for the following day.

Lunch will be available at Calhoun High School (1786 State Street, Merrick, NY 11566) from 11am to 1pm, at the Cafeteria window in the north parking lot. Directions to the location are as follows:

Meadowbrook Road > Webster Avenue > North Parking Lot. The pick-up area will be indicated by orange cones, and a security guard will be on hand for direction.  

Families who wish to apply for Free & Reduced Lunch will find the application on the Parent/Students tab on the District website: http://www.bellmore-merrick.k12.ny.us/parentsstudents/food_services. Applications may be dropped off at the Calhoun Cafeteria window or mailed to the address on the application.

Please know that Bellmore-Merrick will continue to look for opportunities to assist our students, families and community during this time. The wellness of our students is paramount to us all.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Joanne Finelli, School Lunch Director, 992-1030 or your building administrators.

Sincerely,

Kate Freeman

Assistant Superintendent for Business

 

Coronavirus Update 3/15/20 - BMCHSD Remote Learning

Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families,

As a result of the decision to close Nassau County schools for two weeks, Bellmore-Merrick will put our plan for remote learning into effect starting tomorrow, March 16th.  Please see the original letter that was sent home on March 5th regarding the plan that has been developed for Bellmore-Merrick students.  Please know that our teachers have worked tirelessly to plan for an extended school closure but since this is the first time we are implementing a system like this, we ask parents and students to remain patient.  I am confident that in the weeks to come, the students and staff will continue to work hard and make us proud. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your building administrators.

 

3/13/20 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

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3/13/20 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

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3/10/20 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

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3/5/20 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

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2/27/20 - Update from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John DeTommaso

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