April 7, 2020
Dear Valley Stream Families and Staff,
As you may have heard, Governor Cuomo intends to extend school closures until April 29, 2020. Anticipating future closures, we have planned to implement Phase III of our continuity of instruction plan. Information pertaining to the next phase is posted under "Continuity of Instruction" on our website.
Childcare services for children of first responders, medical personnel, and grocery workers are still available. Please go to our website for registration information. This is a free program for our parents.
As you are also aware, strategic planning has been an ongoing process this year. The District committee is on schedule to complete their work. Attached is a summary of the draft plan that will be presented to the Board in May. I thank the parents, teachers, administrators and Board for their input and development of the 2020-25 Strategic Plan.
As we continue into week four of this new reality, I wanted to take a few moments to slow down and reconnect. I know this is difficult. Creating a new routine is always a challenge and structure is important. However, we also need to focus on our mental well-being, and taking time to relax and enjoy unstructured play is just as critical. I challenge us all to find the good in each day.
Today, I’d like to focus on thanking those who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for our health and safety. Whether they’re first responders, medical personnel, a grocery store clerk, or any of the dozens of other essential workers contributing to the maintenance of essential community activities, it is through their sacrifices that we are able to remain home and healthy with our families. I thank them.
I’d be remiss if I did not also thank our own Valley Stream District 30 essential workers. To our teachers, administrators and support staff, thank you for supporting our students through this crisis and remaining a constant figure in their lives. To our custodial crew, clerical staff and food service workers, thank you for your diligence these past few weeks. You are essential to our daily operations.
Let’s also keep in our thoughts all who are currently fighting, or who have lost their lives to this terrible virus. America is resilient. We will make it through to the other side of this as long as we work together.
Over the next few weeks, members of our community will celebrate a few important holidays. I wish you a safe and happy holiday.
I cannot wait to see our teachers back in front of the classroom sharing laughter and knowledge with your children. We will get back there one day. For now, let’s just take it one day at a time. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home.
Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools