Information Regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information, updates and links to keep the Half Hollow Hills community up-to-date and informed with the latest information as it becomes available. We thank you for your continued support in helping to lessen the potential emotional impact created during this challenging time.
School Closure Extended Until April 15
Governor Cuomo has extended the closure of all schools in New York State for an additional two weeks, until at least Wednesday, April 15, 2020. At that time, the state will reassess whether to extend the school closures further and continue to suspend the 180-day instructional requirement.
All activities and events scheduled at our buildings during this time are cancelled or will be postponed. In an effort to help slow down the spread of COVID-19 and limit social gatherings, all Half Hollow Hills outdoor facilities (playgrounds, fields and tracks) are also closed.
Please continue to practice social distancing during this emergency closure to protect yourselves, your families, and our community at large.
Free “Grab-and-Go” Bagged Breakfast and Lunch Available During School Closure
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Half Hollow Hills School District is providing free “grab-and-go” bagged breakfast and lunch for children (18 years old or under) who are from families with students in our District. This food service will be available weekdays (Mondays through Fridays) while our schools are closed for the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.
For more detailed information, please visit our Food Services webpage at https://www.hhh.k12.ny.us/community/food-services.
Emergency Childcare for Health Care Workers and First Responders
In an effort to continue to support our families during the Emergency Closing, the Half Hollow Hills Central School District has collaborated with SCOPE Education Services to provide childcare for school-age children of First Responders and Medical Personnel who reside in our District.
SCOPE Educational Services has established the emergency locations in Districts where they already hold a license to operate. Half Hollow Hills students are eligible to attend either the Commack or Deer Park location.
The program staffed through SCOPE Education Services will be in the Sawmill Intermediate School located at 103 New Hwy, Commack, NY 11725 or at the John F. Kennedy Intermediate School located at 101 Lake Avenue, Deer Park, NY 11729.
Hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Click here for instructions on how to register.
For Registration Information visit: https://www.scopeonline.us
Emergency Childcare for Children Ages Birth-4
In addition to the emergency childcare for school-age children of First Responders and Medical Personnel who reside in our District that we are providing through SCOPE, the Child Care Council of Suffolk (CCCS) is also available to help provide emergency childcare to the families of First Responders and Medical Personnel with children ages birth-4 .
Any essential worker needing childcare for children younger than school-age (birth-4) can contact the CCCS hotline at (646) 926-3784 to be connected with a referral specialist. They are happy to assist these families in finding appropriate childcare that will meet their needs.
Half Hollow Hills Indoor AND Outdoor Facilities Are Closed
In an effort to help slow down the spread of COVID-19 and limit social gatherings, all Half Hollow Hills outdoor facilities (playgrounds, fields and tracks) are closed. Please exercise good judgment and do not visit any of these facilities while our schools are closed during this emergency period.
CDC's About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
New York State's Response to Coronavirus
Suffolk County Department of Health Services' Novel Coronavirus Resources
Healthy Habits & Preventative Measures
Please remember to practice and reinforce with your children the important preventative safety measures and healthy habits that help to minimize the spread of all respiratory diseases, such as:
- Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you do not have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
- Wash your hands regularly using soap and hot water. Make sure to wash for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- If children or staff are feeling sick, please stay home from school. Allow some time to feel better, including being 24 hours fever free before returning.
- As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like your cell phone.
How Parents Can Address COVID-19 With Their Children
In a climate of fear surrounding a rapidly evolving disease outbreak, it is important to share accurate information with your children as a means of maintaining a realistic and fact-based understanding of the situation. The adults in young people’s lives can help provide accurate information, explore emotions, and, most importantly, play a role in reducing stereotyping and scapegoating.
We should be able to understand and help prevent the spread of coronavirus without resorting to stereotypes and xenophobia. Teaching young people about the disease and, at the same time, deconstructing how scapegoating works will pave the way to a deeper understanding and empathy for all people.
Here are some resources to help you talk to your children about coronavirus COVID-19:
Field Trips, Events, Facilities Use and Adult Education
On March 12, 2020, District Administration participated in a county-wide conference with County Executive Steve Bellone and the Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health, along with representatives from their offices. During this call, school districts in Suffolk County received new guidance resulting from the current situation relating to COVID-19. This guidance dictates that the following protocols will be put in place effective immediately:
• All field trips involving travel outside of the school district in the month of March will be canceled or postponed. Class trips to the Half Hollow Hills Planetarium and Discovery Center will proceed as scheduled.
• Large group activities taking place during or after the school day, such as assemblies, will be canceled or postponed.
• All dramatic or musical productions will be postponed and rescheduled.
• Facilities use by outside organizations after school hours is no longer permitted until further notice.
• Adult Education classes have been canceled until further notice.
New Guidance From New York State On Travel
The March 3rd New York State Department of Health Update on COVID-19 for New York State Schools, stated that students and faculty returning from currently impacted countries or regions of impacted countries (China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea) will be required to be quarantined for 14 days upon return.
- This includes both school-sponsored travel and individual travel (Spring Break).
- More countries may be added to this list and students and staff visiting these countries will be quarantined for 14 days upon return.
- We ask that all staff and parents / students adhere to this important safety precaution and self-report any travel (or close contact with a traveler) to the district as well as to the Suffolk County Department of Health at (631) 854-0333.
- At this time, CDC has not recommended avoidance of travel to any locations within the United States.
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CDC’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website at https://www.cdc.gov/nCoV.
NYSDOH’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website at
NYSDOH directory of local health departments https://www.health.ny.gov/contact/contact_informat...
New York State Center for School Health website at www.schoolhealthny.com