Reopening Half Hollow Hills 2020-2021

Pull-Out Sections for Remote Learning, Contact Tracing & Testing

Please see the three pull-out sections below to easily access information from our Reopening Plan that is specific to these areas:

Reopening Our Schools for 2020-2021

The Half Hollow Hills CSD has developed a District Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year that ensures equitable access to education for all our students while continuing to maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone in our school community. Our goal is to allow for the safe return of students, faculty, and staff in accordance with guidance and requirements from federal, state, and local entities.

During July, Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department released guidance documents that laid out the requirements needed for school districts to develop their reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. The guidelines included specific conditions for reopening as they pertain to social distancing, use of personal protective equipment, and health screenings. Those guidance documents can be found on the right side of this page under the heading Guidance Documents.

In June and July we worked with many of our school stakeholders on Task Force committees as part of the planning process (Board of Education livestreams and videos are always available here). We developed and sent home a Family Survey to engage all of the members of our educational community, help gather data that would inform our decisions in the reopening plan, and ensure that all of their voices are heard. We thank our over 5,500 families that responded, and results from the survey can be viewed here.

We have also worked with a number of external organizations on guidance, including our Board of Education, the HHH PTA Council, Altaris Consulting Group, REACH Community and Youth Agency, Suffolk County Department of Health, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Northwell Health, Enviroscience Consultants, Orange-Ulster BOCES, Suffolk County Superintendents Association, New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS), New York Association for Play Therapy (NYSAPT), New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), Section XI Suffolk County Public High School Athletic Association and New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).

We have planned for three possible reopening scenarios: in-person instruction, remote instruction, and a hybrid combination of the two. The plan will also includes detailed information on health and safety measures, facilities operations, child nutrition, transportation, technology and connectivity, athletics and extracurricular activities, special education, bilingual education, and a special emphasis on the social-emotional and mental health needs of our students and staff.

Based on our enrollment, facility space, and ability to adhere to the New York State Department of Health requirements, we will be returning to school in a hybrid model for middle school and high school students and a full in-person model for elementary students to start the school year.

Elementary students that opted into the optional full remote model will be learning in that environment, and families of middle and high school students who wish for their child to stay home while the school is in a hybrid model will be able to indicate that in an upcoming survey. Middle and high school students staying home each day while the school is in a hybrid instructional model will simply take advantage of the remote instruction provided by their regularly scheduled teacher.

To view our Reopening Plan, please click here.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below for quick answers to specific questions regarding the Reopening Plan. If you have questions about individual circumstances regarding your student, please contact their school directly.

For information regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit our Health Services webpage.

Reopening Information Meetings

We held three meetings for families in order to discuss our reopening plan, as well as to answer any questions they may have. We also held a meeting for all teachers to review the plan and answer questions. The recordings and PowerPoint presentations from the meetings are available below:

Reopening Questions and Answers (FAQ)