Great Neck Public Schools
Health and Wellness
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Due to the severity of this pandemic, and in the best interests of our students, staff and global community, the Great Neck Public Schools are closed until further notice. You will be notified at least 48 hours before schools are to reopen.
Please read the latest message from the Superintendent, dated April 3, 2020, in the Messages to the Community section.
A team of school psychologists and social workers from every building have compiled valuable mental health resources to support our community. Please visit the Metal Health Resources section to review the GNPS Crisis Resource Guides.
"Grab and Go" bagged meals are offered every Monday and Thursday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at our two pick-up locations. Please see the School Meal Program section for more details.
The deadline to submit a non-public school tranportation application for the 2020-21 school year has been extended to April 15. Please see the non-public school transportation announcement on our homepage for more details.
"Grab and Go" School Meal Program
Our Food and Nutrition Department continues to offer “Grab and Go” bagged meal services twice a week. Meals are distributed every Monday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the rear kitchen entrances at both North Middle School and South High School. Family members will receive multiple days worth of meals for the students in their household.
Please know that our dedicated food and nutrition staff are taking every precaution possible to ensure the safety of your family, as well as their own. Please use the correct social distancing methods while picking up meals.
For more details and directions to the food pick-up locations, visit our "Grab and Go" School Meal Services web page.
SCOPE Emergency Child Care Services
The district has partnered with SCOPE Education Services to provide emergency school-aged child care. This program is for children in Prekindergarten through Grade 6, and it will take place at Lakeville Elementary School, 47-27 Jayson Ave.
Registration is limited to district families currently enrolled in SCOPE, as well as First Responders and Medical Personnel. This program is dependent upon sufficient enrollment.
For registration, fees, and additional information, visit the SCOPE Emergency Child Care Services web page. Please direct any questions to SCOPE Education Service at (631) 360-0800, ext.100 or 123, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Information & Resources
Information, Documents, and Relevant Links to keep the Great Neck Public Schools community up-to-date and informed with the latest information as it becomes available.
Great Neck school officials are closely monitoring the developing situation regarding Novel Coronavirus and abiding by all guidance provided by the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), New York State Education Department (NYSED), and the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Information from these sources remains fluid, and the District will provide updates to our school community as they become available. Previous messages from the Superintendent to the school community regarding Novel Coronavirus are available in the Important Documents section.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long will schools be closed?
A: Due to the severity of this pandemic, and in the best interest of our school community, the Great Neck Public Schools are closed until further notice. School community members will be notified at least 48 hours before schools are to reopen. Please continue to check the district website, your email, and text messages for updates.
During this closure, district leaders will remain in contact with representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH), as well as officials at the County and State levels, for developments and guidance.
Meals are available for school-age children through the district's school nutrition program. Please see the "Grab and Go" School Meal Program page for more details.
Q: How is the district maintaining continuity of instruction while schools are closed?
A: Remote learning from home began for all students, Pre-K through Grade 12, on Wednesday, March 18. Please check your email for additional detials provided by your child’s classroom teacher and/or building principal.
Q: What further steps has the district taken to limit the spread of the virus?
A: In accordance with guidance from the Town of North Hempstead, our school playgrounds are closed until further notice and groups are not permitted to congregate on fields or courts. These efforts will help prevent potential exposure to the virus on playground surfaces or between individuals. For the safety of our community, our district security personnel will continue to monitor our facilities and enforce rules as necessary.
Our district’s tracks are open for public use, provided visitors adhere to social distancing directives that recommend a minimum distance of six feet between individuals.
In compliance with Governor Cuomo's state-wide closure of schools through April 29, all district-related activites, recreation programs, and use of facilities by outside organizations are suspended until further notice.
Q: What can I do to help prevent the spread of the virus?
A: While schools are closed, please practice social distancing by limiting non-essential contact with others to minimize exposure. Whenever possible, avoid hosting or attending social activities, large gatherings, or public events; arranging playdates or sleepovers; or taking mass transit.
Also, continue to follow all recommendations from health officials. CDC guidelines for proper hygiene including frequent and thorough hand washing, coughing/sneezing into a tissue/your elbow, disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces, staying home when sick, and avoiding others who are sick.
Resources for Students
The following resources provide information to children to help them understand Coronavirus.
Coronavirus Animated Video for Children - BrainPOP
Resources for Parents
The following resources provide guidance for adults about talking to children about Coronavirus.
Talking to Children About COVID-19 - Joint Guidance from the National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus - The New York Times
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - Child Mind Institute
Mental Health Resources
GNPS mental health professionals have compiled documents and websites to support the wellness of our community.
For additional information about the virus, please refer to the following credible sources:
NYS Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-305