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December 22, 2021

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Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:

As our winter break approaches, I want to wish our families this season -- Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Las Posadas, Happy Kwanza and a Happy New Year! I know 2021 has been a challenging year, so I hope you enjoy this break and spend time with your immediate family.

I also feel it is important to pass along advice and guidance from our public health authorities about holiday gatherings during COVID-19. As per the CDC, holiday traditions are important for families and children. There are several ways to enjoy holiday traditions and protect your health. Because many generations tend to gather to celebrate holidays, the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safer is to get vaccinated, if you’re eligible. Important ways to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to:

● Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Find a vaccine.

● Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.

● Stay six (6) feet apart from others who don’t live with you.

● Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

● Test to prevent spread to others.

● Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.

There is no school and the District is closed from Friday, December 24, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022. Students and staff return on Monday, January 3, 2022. Our testing site will be open at Clear Stream Avenue School from 7:25 a.m- 8:25 a.m. on Monday, when we return. Please follow reporting guidelines over the break, as per your principal’s instructions. Please do not send your children to school, especially on Monday, January 3, 2022, if they are experiencing covid-like symptoms. Children who are not sick, but in a household with family members experiencing covid-like symptoms, should also stay home until testing has been completed.

I want to thank our students, parents, guardians and staff for how hard you have worked this year, and share that I am grateful for all of you. We have resiliently come together with the challenges that COVID-19 has brought us. I remain optimistic that a return to some semblance of normal is on the horizon. We have already experienced improvements and positive change. While the new year will bring with it some new challenges, I am confident that our Valley Stream 30 family will get through whatever new challenges come our way, because we are stronger together.

Happy New Year to you and your family. Enjoy your break, rest and rejuvenate, and we will see you next year!

Sincerely,

Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools