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A Message from Dr. Mary T. Kelly, Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Kelly photoIt’s both an exciting and unprecedented time in the Amityville Union Free School District. We begin the new school year with new classroom space, but also with reduced occupancy at our buildings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The district’s leadership team worked hard throughout the summer to create a reopening plan that provided students with high-quality educational opportunities while also ensuring the health and safety of students and staff. We begin the year with a hybrid model of instruction, as most students will attend school two or three days a week, while participating in distance learning on the other days. All students in grades K-12 have been provided with Chromebooks to ensure access to their coursework, educational resources and their teachers, whether they are learning in school or at home.

Health and safety is paramount. We have adopted stringent protocols including regular cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms and common areas, health checks, management of ill persons, requirements for face masks and social distancing, limiting visitors at the schools and an emphasis on healthy hygiene practices.

Our reopening plan was created using guidance from the New York State Education Department and New York State Department of Health. We also gathered input from all community stakeholders including local health professionals, parents, staff and students, which helped guide our decision-making process.

The opening of school marks a milestone in the $69.9 million facilities bond approved by voters in March 2016. New wings have opened at Amityville Memorial High School and Northwest Elementary School, providing much needed space in the district.

At the high school, the new addition has doubled the size of the building and allows us to return our ninth grade students to a high school setting. The new space includes classrooms, state-of-the-art science labs, an indoor athletic complex and expanded cafeteria. That last piece of the project is the conversion of the old gym and adjoining space into an art and music suite, expected to be completed in January.

The new wing at Northwest includes classrooms and a small gymnasium. With kindergarten moving there, Northeast Elementary School becomes a pre-K center. We are proud to now offer the community a full-day pre-K program.

We have also introduced block scheduling at the high school and middle school this year. Classes meet every other day but for longer periods of time; and this method has been proven to increase academic performance.

Hopefully, we will soon be able to welcome all of our students back to school five days a week and resume our full complement of extracurricular activities and interscholastic sports, which round out our students’ educations. Please continue to visit our website for updates, and please also follow the district on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020