Great Neck Public Schools
Health and Wellness
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The GNPS School Reopening Advisory Committee is currently convening to help guide a safe and measured reopening of school for September. The District proactively established this committee in May to explore a variety of options for the delivery of instruction for the start of the 2020-21 school year.
The Committee is divided into five subcommittees to provide direction on how best to reopen our schools in a manner that provides for the health, safety, and wellness of all students and staff. The subcommittees will make suggestions for all scenarios, which include the opening of schools or a continuation of schools forced to remain closed.
Committee members have been selected to best represent all stakeholders in our school community. The committees are composed of representatives from the Board of Education, administration, teachers, staff, and parents as well as medical professionals.
In the meantime, the District awaits further guidance about the reopening of schools from the Governor’s Reimagine Education Advisory Council, the New York State Board of Regents, and the State Education Department. District plans will be developed in accordance with guidelines provided by education officials, our local and state Departments of Health, and the Centers for Disease Controls. Updates will be provided to the school community during the summer months.
Information & Resources
Information, Documents, and Relevant Links to keep the Great Neck Public Schools community up-to-date and informed with the latest information as it becomes available.
Great Neck school officials are closely monitoring the developing situation regarding Novel Coronavirus and abiding by all guidance provided by the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), New York State Education Department (NYSED), and the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Information from these sources remains fluid, and the District will provide updates to our school community as they become available. Previous messages from the Superintendent to the school community regarding Novel Coronavirus are available in the Important Documents section.
We can all do our part to prevent the spread of germs, including respiratory viruses, by practicing good hygiene. The CDC offers the following guidelines:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, preferably with 60-95% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Additional District Actions
In addition to the preventative measures listed above, the district has implemented the following actions and precautions to promote a healthy school environment. Our district-wide cleaning protocols meet and/or exceed all State guidance.
- Our custodial staff disinfects frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, computer keyboards, handrails, etc.) throughout the day.
- Cafeteria tables are cleaned in between lunch periods.
- All school buses are disinfected frequently and thoroughly.
- Disinfecting machines are used to sanitize classrooms and large spaces.
- Additional hand sanitizers have been installed in each of our schools.
- Students and staff are encouraged to wash their hands throughout the day with greater frequency and follow cough/sneeze etiquette.
Resources for Students
The following resources provide information to children to help them understand Coronavirus.
Coronavirus Animated Video for Children - BrainPOP
Resources for Parents
The following resources provide guidance for adults about talking to children about Coronavirus.
Talking to Children About COVID-19 - Joint Guidance from the National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus - The New York Times
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - Child Mind Institute
For additional information about the virus, please refer to the following credible sources:
NYS Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-305