Dear BBP Community,

 

As you are aware, the situation surrounding COVID-19, continues to evolve on an hourly basis. As a district, we are working together to provide our community with a sense of normalcy in this unprecedented time.

 

The administrative team has been working to examine the school calendar in order to plan for engaging students in learning opportunities.  I hope to have more information in the next day after various conference calls with the state.  Once we establish our start date we will share our plans with you. 

 

Additionally, our instructional technology staff is preparing for Chromebook distribution to our students in grades 8 and 12, which we anticipate will take place later this week or early next week. Further information on this will be provided by your building principal. 

 

In addition to the educational resources, please know that we are still available to assist with any social, emotional or mental health needs that your family may have while schools are closed. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your building principal or myself immediately should you be in need of assistance or have any questions. Because we have fewer staff members answering phones, email would be the best mode of communication. To better assist you, we are also compiling a list of resources that we will be sure to share with you in the near future.

 

Furthermore, our district has implemented a “Grab and Go” lunch service for all Bayport-Blue Point students in need of nutrition while schools are closed.  The service will begin Wednesday, March 18.  Any family with a student in need of a meal can pick up a bagged lunch between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm Monday through Friday in the main entrance traffic circle of the High School.  Please see our website for additional information.   

 

Lastly, as we work to embrace the concept behind social distancing, we encourage all in our community to do the same. Although not in school, this time off should not be considered in the same way as a planned vacation or even a snow day.  Please limit your interactions with groups, refrain from arranging unnecessary playdates for children and hold off on other social gatherings. Our schools are working to embrace this important notion as well, as we are limiting non-emergency personnel staff, while we fully clean and disinfect all spaces. Should you or your child REQUIRE something from school (ex. medication), please reach out to your building principal before visiting the building.

 

What is clear, is that this situation is bound to continue to change and I extend my appreciation to all in our community for your collective patience as we work to navigate these uncharted waters. Please be sure that the contact information we have for your family is up to date in the parent portal, to ensure you receive all future correspondences. The district will also utilize our district website and official Twitter page to share updates.

 

Sincerely,

 

Timothy P. Hearney, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools