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    SCHOOL REOPENING 2020-2021

    Messages to the Community

    School Reopening 2020-2021

June 16, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at South Middle

    June 16, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that a student at South Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

June 11, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at South Middle

    June 11, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that a student at South Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

June 7, 2021

  • GNPS Mask Mandate Update

    June 7, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Governor Cuomo provided an update this morning regarding mask mandates for schools and camps.

    • INDOORS – The State will follow the CDC nationwide guidance for schools, which requires face masks to be worn indoors. There is no change to the indoor mask requirement for our schools. The District’s indoor mask protocols, as outlined in our state-approved Reopening Plan, will remain in effect.   
    • OUTDOORS – The Governor, in consultation with the CDC, announced that school districts have the option to waive the mask requirement for students and staff in outdoor settings. District protocols currently allow for outdoor mask breaks, and based on the Governor’s announcement, students are no longer required to wear masks while outdoors.

    We look forward to a safe and strong finish to this school year. Thank you for your continued partnership.

     Sincerely,
    Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools


    Positive COVID-19 Case at North Middle

    June 7, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that a student at North Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

     

June 6, 2021

  • GNPS Mask Mandate

    June 6, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community,

    Late Friday afternoon the New York State Commissioner of Health wrote to the director of the CDC announcing the state's intention to eliminate mask wearing requirements for all individuals within our schools effective Monday, June 7th.

    We have consulted with the Nassau County Department of Health and expect to receive formal guidance within the next few days. We will review that guidance and make an informed decision early this week. When mask wearing guidance is finalized by the state, we will update our practices accordingly. Until that time, the Great Neck Public Schools will require that all individuals continue to wear masks while indoors.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Dr. Joseph Hickey
    Assistant Superintendent for Special Education 
    and Pupil Personnel Services

June 1, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at North Middle

    June 1, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that a student at North Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

May 25, 2021

  • May 25, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification that a student at South High School tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.  

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.  

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

May 18, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at Lakeville School

    May 18, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that a staff member at Lakeville School tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

April 22, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    April 22, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that 2 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • a student at Saddle Rock School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • a student at North Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

     

     

April 21, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at North High

    April 21, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that a student at North High School tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

April 20, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    April 20, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that 7 individuals tested positive for COVID-19:  

    • 1 student at Lakeville School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual transitioned to remote instruction effective today, Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
    • 1 student at Lakeville School  - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction effective tomorrow, Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual transitioned to remote instruction effective today, Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
    • 1 student at South High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 
    • 1 student at South High School
    • 1 staff member at North Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 
    • 1 student at North High School

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.  

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: http://www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.  

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.  

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.  

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.  

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.  

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    April 19, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that 7 individuals tested positive for COVID-19:  

    • 1 student at E.M. Baker School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction effective Monday, April 19, 2021.
    • 1 student at E.M. Baker School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 
    • 1 student at North Middle School
    • 1 staff member at North Middle School 
    • 1 student at South Middle School 
    • 1 student at North High School
    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.  

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: http://www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.  

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.  

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.  

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.  

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.  

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

April 18, 2021

  • Positie COVID-19 Cases

    April 18, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that 3 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction effectiveMonday, April 19, 2021.
    • 2 students at Saddle Rock School who have not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

     

April 17, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case

    April 17, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification that a student at John F. Kennedy School tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction effective, Monday, April 19, 2021.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

April 16, 2021

  • GNPS Community Update

    April 16, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Over the past week, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Governor’s Office released new guidelines for schools regarding social distancing and graduation ceremonies. These were discussed during Tuesday evening’s Board of Education meeting, and I’d like to share an update with our entire school community.

    Social Distancing Guidelines for In-Person Instruction

    Last weekend, the NYS DOH released long-awaited guidance that aligns with CDC recommendations for reduced physical distancing in schools. As widely reported, the new guidelines permit three feet of distancing in most classrooms, subject to adherence to certain mitigation measures. While this is welcome news, the 24-page guidance document also states that middle and high schools must maintain at least six feet between students in counties with a high rate of transmission (Red Zone) -- which currently includes Nassau County.

    Ultimately, our ability to reduce physical distancing and bring more secondary students back for in-person instruction will be based on our county’s designation and our community’s positivity rates. In the two weeks since returning from spring recess, our District has reported more than 61 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.  

    Our administrators are carefully reviewing the DOH guidance and considering revisions to our Reopening Plan to welcome more secondary students back into the classroom when conditions allow. Please know that we are committed to fully reopening our schools in a way that is safe for students and staff, with input from stakeholders across our school community. 

    Our original Reopening Plan has provided daily, live instruction for all learners since the opening of school in September -- whether in-person, remote, or hybrid -- and options like the Elementary Remote Program are unique to Great Neck. Our COVID precautions have prevented any significant school closures like we’ve seen in other districts. Our success so far is the result of a collaborative, well-thought-out plan, and the next phase of our reopening must also be careful, thoughtful, and deliberate. I look forward to providing further updates in the near future.  

    Graduation 

    The Governor has announced new guidelines for upcoming graduations, including social distancing, capacity limits, and testing requirements. We are in the process of finalizing plans to celebrate an outdoor commencement ceremony for our graduating seniors, and our high schools are organizing additional activities to safely bring seniors together and celebrate the Class of 2021 before graduation. These exciting plans will be shared with our graduates and their families in the near future. 

    With the easing of COVID restrictions, the increasing availability of vaccines and your continued diligence, I’m optimistic for the weeks and months ahead. Thank you for your continued partnership. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools


    Positive COVID-19 Case

    April 16, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification today that a student at South High School tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

April 14, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    April 14, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 4 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at North Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at E. M. Baker School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School
    • 1 District Employee at South Middle 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

April 13, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    April 13, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification today that 6 individuals tested positive for COVID-19:

    • 4 students at North High School who have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School
    • 1 student at North Middle School

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

April 12, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    April 12, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 8 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 4 students at North High School who have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 2 students at North Middle School who have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North Middle School
    • 1 student at South High School 

    Correction from Sunday, April 11: The 1 staff member reported from South High School was from South Middle School, not the high school. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

April 11, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    April 11, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 2 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 staff member at South High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North Middle School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

April 10, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at Saddle Rock

    April 10, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that a staff member at Saddle Rock School tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

April 9, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    April 9, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 4 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction effective Monday, April 12, 2021.  
    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for several days.
    • 1 student at North Middle School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools


    April 9, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that a student at John F. Kennedy School has tested positive for COVID-19.  This student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.  The Nassau County Department of Health is aware of this case. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

April 8, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    April 8, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 9 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 7 students at North High School who have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School
    • 1 student at South High School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

April 7, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    April 7, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 3 individuals tested positive for COVID-19.  These individuals have not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    • 2 students at North High School
    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

     

April 6, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    April 6, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 22 individuals tested positive for COVID-19.  These individuals have not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    • 8 students at North Middle School
    • 6 students at North High School
    • 2 staff members at North High School
    • 2 students at South Middle School
    • 1 student at E.M. Baker School
    • 1 student at John F. Kennedy School
    • 1 staff member at Parkville School
    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

April 5, 2021

  • GNPS NYSDOH Quarantine and Testing Update

    April 5, 2021

    Dear Parents and Guardians, 

    I hope everyone enjoyed a happy and healthy spring recess. We look forward to welcoming students and staff to school tomorrow, April 6, 2021. 

    In order for us to have a successful and safe return to school, it is essential that everyone continue to follow the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidelines. Students who traveled over the recess period must follow the NYSDOH protocols outlined below before returning to school. 

    For those individuals who may have traveled internationally over the holiday recess, please complete the travel survey and follow all quarantine guidelines noted below before returning to school: 

    Click here for the Spring Recess International Travel Survey

    • NYS Department of Health requires air passengers traveling to the U.S. from another country show either documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 within in the previous 3 months or a negative test result from no more than 3 days prior to day of travel to the airline before boarding the flight. 
    • After arrival in the U.S., travelers must either quarantine for 7 days with a test 3-5 days after travel, or quarantine for the full 10 days without a test. This requirement applies to all international travelers whether they were tested before boarding, are recovered from a previous COVID infection, or are fully vaccinated.

    Quarantine and testing is no longer required for travel to New York from another U.S. state or U.S. territory. Asymptomatic domestic travelers arriving in New York State are not required to test or quarantine. However, symptomatic travelers must immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare providers to determine if they should seek COVID-19 testing. Irrespective of quarantine, all travelers should monitor symptoms daily from day of arrival in New York through day 14.

    We continue to rely on your good will and judgement during the upcoming days and weeks to ensure the health and wellness of our entire school community.  Please follow all NYSDOH guidelines in order to protect the health of our families, our neighbors, and our Great Neck Public Schools faculty and staff. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 30, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 30, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that 2 students (siblings) at Saddle Rock School tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of these classes were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the classes with the infected individuals have been quarantined. Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: http://www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 27, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 27, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 2 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 staff member at North High School
    • 1 district-wide contract employee 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 26, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 26, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 6 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 3 students at North High School who have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School
    • 1 staff member at Saddle Rock School
    • 1 student at North Middle School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 25, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 25, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 7 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at John F. Kennedy School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction effective tomorrow, Friday, March 26, 2021.  
    • 1 student at John F. Kennedy School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 staff member at John F. Kennedy School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at South Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 2 students at North High School
    • 1 student at North Middle School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 24, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 24, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 3 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual transitioned to remote instruction effective today, Monday, March 24, 2021.  
    • 1 student at South High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 23, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 23, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that 3 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at E. M. Baker School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 22, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 22, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 6 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at Parkville School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual transitioned to remote instruction effective today, Monday, March 22, 2021.  
    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at South Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at South High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School
    • 1 student at North Middle School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 21, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 21, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 2 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at E.M. Baker School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction effective tomorrow, Monday, March 22, 2021.
    • 1 staff member at Lakeville School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 20, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case

    March 20, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 1 staff member at North High School tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 19, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at E.M. Baker School

    March 19, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that 1 student at E. M. Baker School tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual transitioned to remote instruction effective today, Friday, March 19, 2021. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.  

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.  

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.  

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.  

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.  

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.  

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 18, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 18, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that 4 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at South High School
    • 1 student at North High School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 17, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 17, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that 4 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at John F. Kennedy School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual transitioned to remote instruction effective today, Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
    • 1 student at John F. Kennedy School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North Middle School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 16, 2021

  • Two Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 16, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 1 district-wide employee and 1 contract employee tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 15, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 15, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 5 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at South High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 2 students at North Middle School who have not been in school for several days. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 14, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 14, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that a student at North High School and a student at South High School tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 13, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 13, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that a student at South High School and a student at John F. Kennedy School tested positive for COVID-19.  These students have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 12, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 12, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 3 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at South Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 11, 2021

  • Two Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 11, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    The District has received notification that 1 student at South Middle School and 1 student at North High School tested positive for COVID-19.  The South Middle School student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 10, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases at North High

    March 10, 2021​

    Dear GNPS Community:  

    Our District received notification today that 3 students at North High School tested positive for COVID-19. 

    Correction from Monday, March 8: The 1 student reported from North Middle School was from North High School, not the middle school.  

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.  

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.  

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.  

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 8, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 8, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 4 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 2 students at John F. Kennedy School who have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 Districtwide employee 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 5, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 5, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 3 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at John F. Kennedy School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual transitioned to remote instruction effective today, Friday, March 5, 2021.
    • 1 student at Parkville School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 3, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case

    March 3, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    The District has received notification that a student at John F. Kennedy School tested positive for COVID-19.  This student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. The Nassau County Department of Health is aware of this case. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

March 1, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    March 1, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification today that 7 individuals tested positive for COVID-19:

    • 1 student at Lakeville School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class were contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual transitioned to remote instruction effective today, Monday, March 1, 2021.  
    • 1 student at John F. Kennedy School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at E.M. Baker School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 2 students at North Middle School who have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 district-wide staff member who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 district-wide contract employee

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 28, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at South Middle

    February 28, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    The District has received notification that a student at South Middle School tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 26, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases at North Middle

    February 26, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    The District has received notification that 2 students at North Middle School tested positive for COVID-19.  One of these students has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 25, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    February 25, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification today that 2 individuals tested positive for COVID-19:

    • 1 student at South Middle School
    • 1 staff member at South High School

    These individuals have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. The Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) is aware of these cases.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

     

February 24, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    February 24, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 4 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at North Middle School
    • 2 students at North High School
    • 1 student at South High School 

    These individuals have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. The Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) are aware of these cases. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 23, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    February 23, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 1 student at North Middle School and a shared District employee at South High/South Middle Schools have tested positive for COVID-19.  These individuals have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. The Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) are aware of these cases.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 22, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    February 22, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    I hope you and your family enjoyed a safe and relaxing Winter Recess.

    The District has received notification that twenty-two (22) individuals tested positive for COVID-19 over the Winter Recess.  All of these individuals have not been in school for a prolonged period of time:

    • 1 student at E.M Baker School
    • 1 staff member at John F. Kennedy School
    • 1 staff member at Lakeville School
    • 1 student at Parkville School
    • 1 staff member at Parkville School
    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School
    • 2 staff members at Saddle Rock School
    • 3 students at North High School
    • 1 staff member at North High School
    • 3 students at North Middle School
    • 5 students at South High School
    • 1 student at South Middle School
    • 1 shared staff member at South High/North Middle Schools

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. The Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) is aware of these cases.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals to isolate and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to be cleared to return by the DOH or receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 15, 2021

  • February 15, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    The District has received notification that a staff member at Saddle Rock School tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 13, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at John F. Kennedy School

    February 13, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification late last night that a student at John F. Kennedy School tested positive for COVID-19.  In accordance with the District’s reopening protocol for the elementary level, students are to quarantine for a period of 10 calendar days. Winter recess started yesterday, Friday, February 12th, therefore remote instruction will not be necessary. Students will return, with the classroom teacher, to in-person learning on Monday, February 22nd. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 11, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    February 11, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 2 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at John F. Kennedy School. In accordance with the District’s reopening protocol for the elementary level, students are to quarantine for a period of 10 calendar days. Students in the class will return, with the classroom teacher, to in-person learning on Monday, February 22. 
    • 1 student at North High School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 10, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at E.M. Baker School

    February 10, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that a student at E.M. Baker School tested positive for COVID-19.  This student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 9, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases at North High

    February 9, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 2 North High School students tested positive for COVID-19.  These students have not been in school for a prolonged period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 8, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    February 8, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 3 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 staff member at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 2 students at John F. Kennedy School who have not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 5, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at Saddle Rock School

    February 5, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that a support staff member at Saddle Rock School tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 4, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    February 4, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 3 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at Parkville School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 2 students at North High School – One of these students has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 3, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    February 3, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 3 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 District Employee who has not been in district for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 2, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at Saddle Rock

    February 2, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that a student at Saddle Rock School tested positive for COVID-19.  In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual transitioned to remote instruction beginning today, Tuesday, February 2.   

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

February 1, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    February 1, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 3 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at Lakeville School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class have been contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction effective tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2.  
    • 1 staff member at South Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at South Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 31, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at South Middle School

    January 31, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    The District has received notification that a staff member at South Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 29, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 29, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 4 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 staff member at Saddle Rock School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class had been contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual transitioned to remote instruction effective today, Friday, January 29.  
    • 1 student at John F. Kennedy School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at South High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 staff member at South High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools 

January 28, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 28, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 2 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 27, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 27, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 5 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School
    • 1 student at North Middle School
    • 1 student at John F. Kennedy School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 staff member at John F. Kennedy School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 26, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 26, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 5 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 2 students at South High School who have not been in school for several days.
    • 1 student at South Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at Lakeville School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 adult student at Clover Drive Adult Learning Center who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 25, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 25, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 10 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 staff member at Saddle Rock School who has not been in school for several days. In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of one class have been contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction effective tomorrow, January 26. All other classes at Saddle Rock School will continue with in-person learning. 
    • 1 staff member at John F. Kennedy School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 staff member at Lakeville School who has not been in school for several days.
    • 1 District employee at E.M. Baker School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 contract employee at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at South High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 2 students at South High School who have not been in school for several days.
    • 1 student at South High School
    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 23, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 23, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    The District has received notification that a student at Saddle Rock School has tested positive for COVID-19.  In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class have been contacted directly and effective Monday, January 25 the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction. All other classes at Saddle Rock School will continue with in-person learning. In addition, a District contract employee has also tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

     

January 22, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at South Middle School

    January 22, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification that a South Middle School student who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools


    Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 22, 2021 ​

    Dear GNPS Community:  

    Our District received notification today that 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time has tested positive for COVID-19. 

    In addition, 2 students (siblings) at John F. Kennedy School have been exposed to COVID-19 and are symptomatic. Members of each student’s class transitioned to remote instruction effective today, Friday, January 22, for a period of 10 calendar days. All other classes at John F. Kennedy School will continue with in-person learning. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.  

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.  

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.  

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 21, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at South Middle School

    January 21, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    The District has received notification that an individual at South Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools


    Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 21, 2021 ​

    Dear GNPS Community:  

    Our District received notification today that 3 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at South High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 staff member at E.M. Baker School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.  

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.  

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.  

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 20, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at South Middle School

    January 20, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    The District has received notification that a student at South Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools


    Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 20, 2021 ​

    Dear GNPS Community:  

    Our District received notification today that 9 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 2 students at Lakeville School who have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at Lakeville School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class have been contacted directly and effective Thursday, January 21, the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction. All other classes at Lakeville School will continue with in-person learning.
    • 1 student at John F. Kennedy School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at SEAL who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 2 students at South High School who have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.  

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.  

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.  

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 19, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at E.M. Baker School

    January 19, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community:  

    Our District received notification that a staff member at E.M. Baker School tested positive for COVID-19.  

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.  

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: http://www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.  

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.  

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools


    Positive COVID-19 Cases in District

    January 19, 2021 ​

    Dear GNPS Community:  

    Our District received notification today that 6 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 District employee 
    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at South High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at South Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.  

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.  

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.  

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at Saddle Rock

    January 18, 2021​

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that a student at Saddle Rock School tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class have been contacted directly and the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction effective tomorrow, January 19. All other classes at Saddle Rock School will continue with in-person learning. 

    Correction from yesterday: The 1 shared staff member was from Lakeville School and South Middle School (not John F. Kennedy School). 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.  

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 17, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 17, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification today that 3 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19:  

    • 2 students at North High School. These 2 students are siblings.
    • 1 shared John F. Kennedy / Lakeville School staff member.

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 16, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 16, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    The District has received notification that a student at John F. Kennedy School has tested positive for COVID-19.  In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class have been contacted directly and effective Tuesday, January 19, the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction. All other classes at John F. Kennedy School will continue with in-person learning. In addition, a staff member at Saddle Rock School who has been absent for several days, has also tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 15, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 15, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    The District has received notification that 5 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 contract employee at John F. Kennedy School
    • 2 students at Lakeville School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of these classes have been contacted directly and effective Tuesday, January 19, the teacher and students in the classes with the infected individuals will transition to remote instruction. All other classes at Lakeville School will continue with in-person learning.
    • 1 staff member at North Middle School
    • 1 student at South High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.

    We worked in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools 

January 14, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at South High School

    January 14, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    The District has received notification that a student at South High School tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 13, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 13, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    The District has received notification that 5 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at E.M. Baker School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, members of this class had been contacted directly and effective today, January 13, the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual have transitioned to remote instruction. All other classes at E.M. Baker School will continue with in-person learning.
    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at South High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North Middle School

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released. 

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 12, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 12, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    The District has received notification that 9 individuals tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 2 staff members at Lakeville School who have not been in school for several days.
    • 1 student at Lakeville School - In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction effective Wednesday, January 13. Members of this class have been contacted directly. All other classes at Lakeville School will continue with in-person learning.
    • 1 staff member at John F. Kennedy School who has not been in school for several days.
    • 1 student at North Middle School who has not been in school for several days.
    • 1 staff member at Saddle Rock School who has not been in school for several days.
    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School who has not been in school for several days.
    • 1 staff member at Saddle Rock School
    • 1 student at South Middle School

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

     

January 11, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 11, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    The District has received notification that 9 individuals tested positive for COVID-19:

    • 1 staff member at Village School. The District received this notification last night and transitioned Village School to remote instruction. Members of this program were contacted directly yesterday. Village School is an alternative education high school program that operates in a non-traditional school setting; the decision to transition to remote instruction was based on the physical structure of the building, the unique nature of the academic program, and the small number of students and staff at Village.
    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School. In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction. Members of this class have been contacted directly. All other classes at Saddle Rock School will continue with in-person learning.
    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 3 students at North High School who have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 2 students at South Middle School
    • 1 District employee

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    On a positive note, teachers and education staff are among 5 million essential workers now eligible for COVID vaccinations in New York State. There are still a lot of questions about vaccine distribution yet to be answered by Nassau County health officials, and the process will take a considerable amount of time. Nevertheless, I’m optimistic that this is a giant step forward for schools and education in the COVID era.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 9, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at Lakeville School

    January 9, 2021 

    Dear GNPS Community: 

    Our District received notification this afternoon that a staff member at Lakeville School tested positive for COVID-19. 

    We worked in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual's identity cannot be released. 

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified. 

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms. 

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 8, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 8, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    1. Our District received notification that a staff member at E.M. Baker School tested positive for COVID-19. We worked in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.
    2. The District also received notification that a student at Saddle Rock School, a student at E.M. Baker School and a student at Lakeville School tested positive for COVID-19 over the Holiday Recess. The DOH is aware of these cases. School-related contact tracing is not necessary for any cases reported from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3, since our District was closed during that time.

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 7, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases in District

    January 7, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    1. Our District received notification this morning that a staff member at Parkville School tested positive for COVID-19. We worked in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    2. The District also received notification that a staff member at E.M. Baker School and a contract employee at South Middle School tested positive for COVID-19 over the Holiday Recess. The Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) is aware of these cases.

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 6, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at Saddle Rock School

    January 6, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification this evening that a Saddle Rock School staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. 

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools


    Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 6, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District has received notification that eight (8) additional individuals tested positive for COVID-19 over the Holiday Recess:

    • 2 students at North High School
    • 2 students at North Middle School
    • 1 staff member at North Middle School
    • 1 student at South High School
    • 1 student at South Middle School
    • 1 staff member at E.M. Baker School

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.

    The Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) is aware of these cases. School-related contact tracing is not necessary for any cases reported from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3, since our District was closed during that time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals to isolate and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to be cleared to return by the DOH or receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 5, 2021

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 5, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District has received notification that eleven (11) additional individuals tested positive for COVID-19 over the Holiday Recess:

    • 4 students at John F. Kennedy School
    • 2 staff members at John F. Kennedy School
    • 1 staff member at Saddle Rock School
    • 1 student at Village School
    • 3 students at North High School

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.

    The Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) is aware of these cases. School-related contact tracing is not necessary for any cases reported from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3, since our District was closed during that time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals to isolate and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to be cleared to return by the DOH or receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 4, 2021

  • GNPS COVID Update

     

    January 4, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community,

    As our schools resumed after the break, our region is experiencing the post-holiday surge in COVID cases that health experts had predicted. Our District protocols have proven effective in preventing spread within our schools, and we are committed to keeping our schools open for in-person instruction as long as it’s safe for our students and staff. I know keeping schools open is very important to our families as well, so please follow health and safety guidelines at all times to avoid any potential obstacles to this shared goal. 

    Positive COVID Cases

    I provided an update earlier today about positive cases reported over the Holiday Recess. Please continue to share positive COVID test results with your school nurse and follow all quarantine/isolation orders from the Department of Health (DOH). If you are awaiting results of a COVID test, do not attend school until the results come back negative. 

    New Quarantine Guidance

    Governor Cuomo has announced updated quarantine guidelines for New York that align with the latest guidance from the CDC. Under the new guidelines, individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 can end their quarantine after 10 days without a testing requirement, as long as they don’t experience any symptoms. Individuals must continue monitoring for symptoms through day 14 and if any develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact their healthcare provider.

    This guidance applies to anyone who may have been exposed but has not tested positive for COVID. Individuals who test positive must isolate for at least 10 days after illness onset and at least 72 hours fever free (without fever-reducing medication). Students and staff who test positive must be cleared to return by the DOH or receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    I’m hopeful that this new year will bring great advancements in the fight against this virus, but for now, we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic. Remain vigilant and follow all health precautions to minimize the spread of COVID in our community. Remember to follow the 3 W’s, avoid large gatherings, stay home when not feeling well, and monitor for any COVID-related symptoms. Thank you for your cooperation. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools


    Positive COVID-19 Cases

    January 4, 2021

    Dear GNPS Community:

    I hope you and your family enjoyed a safe and relaxing Holiday Recess.

    The District has received notification that twenty-seven (27) individuals tested positive for COVID-19 over the Holiday Recess:

    • 3 students at South High School
    • 2 students at South Middle School
    • 6 students at North High School
    • 2 students at North Middle School
    • 2 staff members at North Middle School
    • 4 students at Saddle Rock School
    • 1 student at Lakeville School
    • 2 staff members at Lakeville School
    • 1 student at E.M. Baker School
    • 3 staff members at E.M. Baker School
    • 1 District Employee

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.

    The Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) is aware of these cases. School-related contact tracing is not necessary for any cases reported from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3, since our District was closed during that time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals to isolate and members of their household to quarantine for 10 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to be cleared to return by the DOH or receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

January 3, 2021

  • Reopening of School Expectations

    January 3, 2021

    Good Evening,

    I hope everyone enjoyed a safe and healthy New Year.  We look forward to welcoming students and staff to school tomorrow, January 4, 2021. 

    In order for us to have a successful and safe return to school, it is essential that everyone follow the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidelines. As you know, we remain in the middle of a global pandemic and we must not let our guard down if we want to keep in-person instruction available in the days and weeks ahead. 

    For those individuals who may have traveled over the holiday recess, please be judicious and follow all quarantine guidelines before returning to school. 

    For any travel from a non-contiguous or border state (other than NJ, CT, PA, MA  and VT), a US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine is noted below:

    • The traveler must have obtained a COVID test within three days of returning to New York.
    • The traveler must quarantine for three days upon return to New York
    • On day four of the quarantine period, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test. These test results must be presented to the school nurse before being approved to return to school. 

    Students who traveled over the recess period must follow the NYSDOH protocols outlined above before returning to school. 

    We are relying on your good will and judgement during the upcoming days and weeks ahead to ensure the health and wellness of our entire school community.  It is imperative that you follow all CDC guidelines in order to protect the health of our families, our neighbors and our Great Neck Public Schools faculty and staff. 

    We look forward to the reopening of school tomorrow and we remain #GreatNeckStrong. 

    Regards,

    Dr. Prendergast

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at Sadde Rock School

    December 19, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification late today that a staff member at Saddle Rock School has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to complete contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases 

    December 18, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification today that 3 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19:  

    • 1 student at E.M. Baker School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 staff member at E.M. Baker School
    • 1 District employee

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals' identities cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

December 17, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at Saddle Rock School

    December 17, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification this morning that a student at Saddle Rock School has tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not been in school for several days. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this student’s identity cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools


    Positive COVID-19 Case at North Middle School

    December 17, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification this morning that a staff member at North Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has not been in school for a prolonged period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

December 16, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases in Multiple Schools

    December 16, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification today that 4 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19:  

    • 1 student at Saddle Rock School. In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction on Friday, December 18. Members of this class have been contacted directly. All other classes at Saddle Rock School will continue with in-person learning.
    • 3 students at North Middle School who have not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 1 student at North High School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals' identities cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools


    Positive COVID-19 Case at North Middle School

    December 16, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification that a student at North Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19.  This student has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding this student’s identity cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

December 15, 2020

  • GNPS Community Update

    December 15, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    I’m writing to provide several important updates and reminders to our school community. 

    COVID-19 Test Results 

    This afternoon, the District received the complete lab results from the COVID-19 testing that was conducted in our yellow zone schools on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. A total of 812 students and staff members received a PCR test, and all test results were negative for COVID-19. Thanks to the participation of our staff and families, we’ve met the 20% testing threshold set by the State.

    While this news is reassuring, we cannot let our guard down. Keeping our schools safe and open requires a constant commitment from all our students, families, staff, and faculty. Please remain vigilant and follow health and safety guidelines at all times, especially during this holiday season. Our community’s actions over the recess will have a direct impact on our ability to continue in-person instruction in January.

    Micro-cluster requirements and school-related guidance from the State are continually changing. Resources are available on our website at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening, and I’ll continue to provide updates as they pertain to our school community.

    Snow Day Procedures

    We’re keeping a close eye on a winter storm that could potentially bring significant snowfall and strong winds for Wednesday evening into Thursday. Our calendar for the 2020-21 school year includes two snow days, so if we need to close schools due to inclement weather, it would be a traditional snow day with no student instruction. As always, announcements about weather-related closures and delayed school openings will be communicated to families and staff via automated phone call, email, and an announcement on the GNPS website.

    Travel Advisory

    As we get ready for the start of holiday recess, please remember that health organizations at the state and federal levels strongly discourage unnecessary travel in order to limit the spread of COVID. 

    If you must travel out of state, remember that the NYS Travel Advisory is still in effect. It is imperative that you follow all travel-related quarantine protocols set by the State. Any traveler coming into New York State (who was out of the state for more than 24 hours and coming from a noncontiguous state, US territory, or CDC level 2 or level 3 country) must quarantine for 14 days unless they test before departure and then again on day four of their return. A 14-day quarantine is mandatory for a return to school unless two negative test results are presented. 

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. Please stay warm and stay safe. I wish our entire community a joyous holiday season.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools 


    Positive COVID-19 Cases at E.M. Baker School

    December 15, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification today that two students at E.M. Baker School (siblings) have tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, information regarding these students’ identities cannot be released.

    In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, the teacher and students in each class with the infected individuals will transition to remote instruction beginning on Wednesday, December 16 through Friday, December 18. Members of these classes have been contacted directly. All other classes at E.M. Baker School will continue with in-person learning.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening.The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

December 14, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases in the District

    December 14, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification today that 6 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19: 

    • 1 student at Lakeville School. In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction beginning on Monday, December 14 through Friday, December 18. Members of this class have been contacted directly. All other classes at Lakeville School will continue with in-person learning.
    • A second student at Lakeville School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.
    • 2 siblings at North Middle School.
    • 1 student at South High School who has not been in school for several days.
    • 1 student at South Middle School who has not been in school for a prolonged period of time.

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: http://www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined by the CDC. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

December 13, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at North Middle School

    December 13, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification that a teacher at North Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

December 12, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at Saddle Rock School

    December 12, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification this morning that a student at Saddle Rock School has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this student’s identity cannot be released.

    In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction beginning on Monday, December 14 through Friday, December 18. Members of this class have been contacted directly. All other classes at Saddle Rock School will continue with in-person learning.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening.The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

December 11, 2020

  • Awaiting COVID Test Results

    December 11, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Earlier this week, our District conducted COVID-19 testing as required by the State based on Great Neck’s Yellow Zone designation. We completed our testing as scheduled on Tuesday evening, and we anticipated having the results of the tests by today. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the lab to finish processing all the samples. 

    I’d like to express my appreciation again to all our families and employees within the yellow zone schools who provided consent for our in-district testing. In the event of a positive test result, the District will contact the infected individual directly and also report the result to the Nassau County Department of Health. 

    We expect to have the total results by Monday, December 14. I will provide another update to the school community when our data is complete.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

December 10, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases at South Middle and Lakeville Schools

    December 10, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification this afternoon that a student at South Middle School and a student at Lakeville School have tested positive for COVID-19. These students have not been in school for a prolonged period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding these student’s identities cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

     


    Positive COVID-19 Case at North High

    December 10, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification that a teacher at North High School has tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

     

December 8, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases in District

     

    December 8, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification that two individuals have tested positive for COVID-19.  One is a student at South High School who has not been in school for several days, and the other is a District employee. Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: ww.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

December 7, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases as Saddle Rock and South Middle Schools

    December 7, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification this morning that two staff members at Saddle Rock School and one staff member at South Middle School have tested positive for COVID-19. The South Middle School staff member and one of the Saddle Rock School staff members have not been in school for a prolonged period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individual’s identities cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to complete contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here:www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

December 4, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases at South High School

    December 4, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Earlier today, our District received notification that two students (siblings) at South High School tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, information regarding these student’s identities cannot be released.

    We are working with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) as they conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

     


     

    Positive COVID-19 Case at Saddle Rock School

    December 4, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification this morning that a staff member at Saddle Rock School has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has not been in school for several days. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.

    We worked in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to complete contact tracing. No close contact has been established. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

December 3, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases at Lakeville School

     

    December 3, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification this afternoon that a student at Lakeville School has tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not been in school for an extended period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this student’s identity cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

     


     

    December 3, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification this afternoon that a staff member at Lakevlle School has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has not been in school for an extended period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this student’s identity cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

December 2, 2020

  • GNPS COVID Testing for Yellow Zone Schools

    December 2, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Thank you for your patience as we finalized plans for the required COVID-19 testing in our schools located within the yellow zone. 

    The New York State Micro-Cluster Initiative requires the District to test 20% of our total in-person students and staff in schools located within the yellow zone. The District has partnered with ATC Healthcare Testing and Screening, a third party testing provider, to conduct COVID-19 testing at each school located within the yellow zone. The schools are:

    • E.M. Baker School
    • John F. Kennedy School
    • Saddle Rock School
    • North Middle School
    • North High School
    • Village School/SEAL Program

    Parents/guardians and staff in these schools will receive an email message later today with more testing details and consent forms, which must be filled out in order to receive a test in school. These tests are for in-person students and staff only.

    The testing will take place on Monday, Dec. 7 and/or Tuesday, Dec. 8, in each school listed above. Trained professionals from ATC Healthcare Testing and Screening will administer PCR nasal swab tests, and the samples will be processed in a laboratory. PCR tests are considered the “gold standard” in the diagnosis of COVID-19. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for these tests.

    An FAQ document about testing procedures and additional information about the yellow zone designation is available on our website at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening/microcluster.

    We are among the first public school districts in Nassau County to be designated in a yellow zone, and developing our testing plans required significant coordination with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) and local medical providers. I would like to thank everyone involved in this effort to meet State requirements in such a short timeframe. 

    I will provide a testing update to the entire school community after our results are reported to the Department of Health.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

December 1, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at North Middle School

    December 1, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification this afternoon that a student at North Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not been in school for an extended period of time. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this student’s identity cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

November 30, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases at Various Schools

    November 30, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    I hope you and your family enjoyed a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving recess.

    The District has received notification that thirteen individuals tested positive for COVID-19 over the Thanksgiving recess:

    • one student at John F. Kennedy School
    • one student at North High School
    • two students at North Middle School
    • one teacher at North Middle School
    • one teacher at Saddle Rock School
    • six students (of the same social group) at South High School
    • one teacher at South Middle School

    Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.

    These students and staff members have not been in school for several days. Our buildings were cleaned and sanitized over the break, and we are working with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) as they conduct contact tracing. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude that they have not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school. 

    Travel Reminder

    As a reminder, anyone who traveled out of state over the Thanksgiving recess must observe quarantine protocols under the NYS Travel Advisory. For the safety of our school community, we expect everyone to abide by all travel requirements set by the State.

    Yellow Zone Testing Update

    We continue to work with our local health and education partners to finalize plans for COVID testing in our schools located within the Yellow Zone, which is required by the State in order to maintain in-person instruction at those schools. In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, the State has extended the deadline to complete the testing to December 12. Additional details will be forthcoming.

    As I’ve said before, this situation remains fluid. I will continue to share updates with our community about COVID-related developments as they emerge. Thank you for your continued partnership.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

     

    Positive COVID-19 Case at E.M. Baker School

     

    November 30, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification this morning that a student at E.M. Baker School has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.

    In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, the teacher and students in the class with the infected individual will transition to remote instruction tomorrow for a period of 14 calendar days. Members of this class have been contacted directly. All other classes at E.M. Baker School will continue with in-person learning.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening.The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

November 24, 2020

  • COVID Yellow Zone Update

    November 24, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community, 

    I’m writing to provide an update about Great Neck’s yellow zone designation announced by the Governor yesterday and how it will impact our schools.

    As I stated in yesterday’s letter, in order for schools in the yellow zone to remain open for in-person instruction, the District must implement a random testing of 20% of our combined in-person staff and student population over a two-week period.

    • Based on the geographic boundaries of the Great Neck yellow zone set by the State, the sample testing will be required in our schools located north of Northern Boulevard: E.M. Baker, J. F. Kennedy, Saddle Rock, North Middle, Village, and North High schools. 
    • Lakeville, Parkville, South Middle and South High schools are located outside the yellow zone, and are therefore exempt from the testing requirement.
    • We are currently working to secure a private lab to administer and process the COVID-19 tests to be conducted within our schools. 
    • We anticipate testing to be completed by Dec. 10, 2020, in accordance with State requirements.
    • Additional details about testing procedures, including permission forms that must be signed by parents/guardians, will be shared after the Thanksgiving recess. 

    I appreciate your patience as we continue to coordinate testing details with the Nassau County Department of Health, Nassau BOCES, and local medical providers. 

    As a district, we want to keep all our schools open for in-person instruction. I cannot overstress the need for cooperation from our entire community to achieve this goal. The State’s Cluster Action Initiative is based on positive COVID averages within our geographic area. Even if the number of cases among our students and staff remains low, rising COVID rates within the greater community could put us in danger of escalating to an orange or red zone.  

    Orange and/or red zone designation would force us to close schools for a minimum of four calendar days -- which means transitioning schools situated within those zones to remote-only instruction -- followed by additional stringent testing requirements for students and staff in order to reopen. More details about the cluster zones and restrictions are available on the State website. 

    The holiday season is now upon us, and health experts warn that the pandemic may present more challenges in the weeks to come. I know we have the ability to pull together as a school community, overcome these obstacles, and continue to do what’s best for our students and staff. It is imperative that we all follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Avoiding large gatherings, wearing masks, practicing social distancing and staying home when not feeling well will help prevent the spread of COVID.  

    As we head into the Thanksgiving recess, please take all necessary precautions to ensure that you and your loved ones can enjoy a healthy, safe, and happy Thanksgiving.  

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

     

     

    Positive COVID-19 Cases at North High School

    November 24, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    Our District received notification that two staff members at North High School tested positive for COVID-19. One of these individuals has already been on quarantine. Due to privacy laws, information regarding these individuals’ identities cannot be released.

    We are working in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing. District protocols followed regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases may be found here: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening. The DOH will contact individuals identified as close or proximate contacts and inform them of the next steps. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close or proximate contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.

    Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.

    It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.

    Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.

    The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

November 23, 2020

  • COVID Yellow Zone Designation

     

    November 23, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community,

    Earlier today, Governor Cuomo announced that Great Neck has been designated as a “Yellow Zone” as part of the New York State Micro-Cluster Strategy. The NYS Department of Health identifies micro-cluster zones based on COVID positivity rates within a geographic area. As announced today by the Governor, the seven-day positivity rate for Great Neck is currently 4.77%.  

    This yellow zone designation carries specific requirements and challenges for us as a school district. In order for our schools to remain open for in-person instruction under the yellow zone designation, the District must implement a random testing of 20% of our combined in-person staff and student population over a two-week period. If the test results are lower than the current seven-day positivity rate, testing at the school will no longer be required. 
     
    We are working with the Nassau County Department of Health and Nassau BOCES to develop a plan to fulfill NYS requirements while meeting the best interests of our school community. Details of our plan will be forthcoming.
     
    All of our schools will continue to operate as planned for tomorrow, November 24: 

    John F. Kennedy, Saddle Rock, North Middle and North High will continue remote-only instruction (as announced on Saturday); 

    E.M. Baker, Lakeville, Parkville will remain open for in-person instruction; and South Middle, South High, and Village will continue their normal hybrid schedule. 

    The entire District will be closed Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving Recess. All schools will resume in-person instruction on Monday, November 30. 

    The State’s Cluster Action Initiative uses data and metrics to identify geographic areas as red, orange and yellow zones, with yellow being a “precautionary” zone. Each zone has a set of restrictions to combat the spread of COVID within the cluster area:

    YELLOW ZONE: 

    • Schools can remain open with 20% testing of in-person students and staff within two weeks of the designation.
    • Testing will no longer be required if test results are lower than the current seven-day positivity rate.

    ORANGE ZONE: 

    • School buildings must close for at least four days.
    • In order to reopen, ALL students, faculty, and staff must test and only those who are negative will be allowed to return to campus.
    • Following reopening, schools will be required to provide weekly testing results of 25% of the combined student, faculty, and staff population.

    RED ZONE: 

    • School buildings must close for at least four days.
    • In order to reopen, ALL students, faculty, and staff must test and only those who are negative will be allowed to return to campus.
    • Following reopening, schools will be required to provide weekly testing results of 25% of the combined student, faculty, and staff population.

    This situation remains fluid, and I appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as we work with our health and education partners to develop a plan to meet State requirements. I will share an update when more information is available. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Teresa Prendergast
    Superintendent of Schools

November 21, 2020

  • Positive COVID-19 Case at Saddle Rock School;

    Transition to Remote Learning for JFK, Saddle Rock, North Middle & North High for 11/23 & 11/24

     

    November 21, 2020

    Dear GNPS Community:

    The District has been informed that a teacher at Saddle Rock School has tested positive for COVID-19. The teacher has been on quarantine for several days. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.

    As you know, our District has experienced an increase in the number of positive COVID cases in the last week. Out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH), we have decided to transition ALL students at John F. Kennedy, Saddle Rock, North Middle, and North High Schools to remote instruction for Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24. Secondary students will follow their normal school schedules. Elementary students will follow their remote learning schedules and principals will communicate directly with parents later today. 

    The decision to temporarily suspend in-person instruction at these schools is prompted by multiple factors, including guidance from the DOH, the number of active cases, and the number of students and staff currently on quarantine. We are in constant communication with the DOH a