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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.

 

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:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/931770745

 

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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