Dear Shoreham-Wading River Community,
First and foremost, I would like to thank our students, families and staff members for their patience today. I know that the unexpected closure of school created disturbances in each of your lives and I appreciate your understanding as we worked through this unprecedented situation.
Please be assured that the decision to close today was not one that the district made lightly. The information we received early this morning was limited and initially indicated that a member of our security team might have been exposed to an individual with the coronavirus. In many of my messages to you, I have stressed how the safety and security of our students and staff is our district’s top priority. Those are not just words to us – we truly mean them, and thus was the basis for our decision this morning. As we were waiting for further clarification from the Department of Health and the start of the school day was imminent, we felt it prudent to close in order to be overly cautious and in the best interest of our students/staff health. Please note that it was further confirmed by the Department of Health that no individual in our district has tested positive for the coronavirus as of this writing.
While the situation today developed, please be assured that the district worked internally to take several proactive steps to further our past efforts. We once again completed a thorough and deep cleaning of all surfaces in our schools and our buses went through a deep disinfecting process. All afterschool activities for today will remain cancelled, as our custodial staff prepare our schools for tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 10 will be a normal school day for all of our district and we look forward to seeing our students and staff.