Coronavirus Informational Updates

Please bookmark this page and visit it often to see regular updates regarding the public health crisis pertaining to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Current and previous updates are below. Any questions, please email coronavirus@wfsd.k12.ny.us or call the hotline at 631-874-1200.

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April 22, 2020 at 9:00 am (UPDATE):

Spring Sports Season Canceled
Please see the below message from Tom Combs, Executive Director of Section XI of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association:

After much discussion and consideration, the Athletic Council has voted unanimously to cancel the spring sports season for 2020 at all levels. This decision was made in the best interest of the health and safety of all of our student athletes, staffs and communities. The decision was not an easy one to make, however in what the world is experiencing at this time, it is the most prudent decision to make. Thank you and stay safe.


April 16, 2020 at 1:30 pm (UPDATE):

Governor Cuomo has extended statewide school closures through May 15, 2020.

Please note that throughout this time, we will continue with our online learning for grades K-12, meals will be available by bus weekdays from 10 am to 12 pm and also available for pick-up at the William Floyd High School south parking lot and the Mastic Firehouse from 10 am to 12 pm on weekdays.

Please continue to check the website for the latest information and continue to stay home as much as you can and practice social distancing when you need to go out. Thank you and please stay safe and well.


April 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm (UPDATE):

Middle School – Third Quarter Grades
Due to the complex and unprecedented circumstances that we have faced during this academic quarter, both William Floyd Middle School and William Paca Middle School will be issuing a “No Mark” grade for all students for the third quarter. This decision was made with careful consideration of how to properly assess the work of students while taking into account regular school days, snow days, learning packets, and online learning platforms. Please note that this “No Mark” designation does not ignore the efforts of students during this 10-week period. The work completed during the third quarter on all platforms will be calculated as part of students’ fourth-quarter grades. Please continue focusing your best efforts on engaging with your child’s teachers on the Canvas learning platform. If you have any concerns, please reach out to your child’s teachers or administrators. We understand this is a stressful time. If a student is having issues with an assignment, please reach out to their teacher or administrator and explain the circumstances, ask for help or an extension. They will be understanding. We do not want to add any additional stress or burden to anyone at this time, but we are also doing our best to provide balance to ensure our students continue to succeed. Thank you and stay safe! 


April 13, 2020 at 9:00 am (UPDATE):

Elementary Distance Learning is now live! Click here for instructions. If you have any issues, please contact your teacher or building administrators for assistance. If you need technical assistance, please call the Technology Help Desk at 631-874-1733.


April 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm (UPDATE):

On Thursday, April 9, school buses will deliver four days’ worth of food for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 9-12. Please be at the bus stop at your usual time to receive the food. Please note that buses will not run on Friday, April 10, but will return to their regular weekday schedule for the week of April 13-17. If you are unsure of your nearest bus stop, please click here or email transportation@wfsd.k12.ny.us. Thank you. 


April 7, 2020 at 3 pm (UPDATE):

June Regents exams have been canceled. Click here for information from the New York State Education Department.

Here is also a list of frequently asked questions and answers supplied by NYSED. 


April 6, 2020 at 12:20 pm (UPDATE):

Governor Cuomo has extended statewide school closures through April 29, 2020. We will continue communicating with the William Floyd school community on a regular basis. Please continue to check the website for details. Please stay home as much as you can and continue to practice social distancing. Thank you and stay safe and well. Meals will continue to be available weekdays from 10 am to 12 pm at the William Floyd High School south parking lot and the Mastic Firehouse at 1080 Mastic Road. They will also continue to be delivered via school bus each weekday, unless otherwise noted, from 10 am to 12 pm. Click here for the list of bus stops.


April 2, 2020 at 12:50 pm (UPDATE):

With New York and most of the country currently under "stay at home" orders, now is a great time to take 10 minutes to fill out the 2020 Census! This is vitally important to our community so we can receive the proper federal funding, which has an even deeper meaning now, considering the circumstances of this pandemic. Census data drives decisions on federal funding for school programs, healthcare facilities, emergency services, roads, transportation and much more. You should have received a code in the mail by now. Please note that you can respond online, by phone or by mail! Click here for more info!


April 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm (UPDATE):

During the time that schools are closed, students who typically receive mental health services in school may be limited in their access to the professionals who provide these services. Therefore, district mental health staff would like to make families aware of supports, programs and community-based mental health resources that are available. This information is also helpful to all people during these trying and difficult times. Click here for the Mental Health Resources page.


April 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm (UPDATE):

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, New York State has ordered that all schools must work through any prescheduled spring breaks in order to have the 180-day school requirement waived. As a result, the previously scheduled spring recess has been canceled. Instruction and school meals will continue throughout the duration of this crisis. Thank you and please stay safe and well.


April 1, 2020 at 10:00 am (UPDATE):

Superintendent of Schools Kevin Coster released a video update. Please see below.


March 30, 2020 at 1:50 pm (UPDATE):

  • The William Floyd School District has partnered with SCOPE Education Services to provide free emergency extended school-aged childcare for the children of first responders, medical personnel, transit workers and, where space permits, other NYS-deemed essential workers. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis and may be limited based on space or staffing. Registration information, days/hours, the nearest locations (no locations at WFSD) and detailed in this link.

March 30, 2020 at 9:30 am (UPDATE):


March 27, 2020 at 2:15 pm (UPDATE):

Governor Cuomo has extended statewide school closures through April 15, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will continue communicating with the William Floyd school community on a regular basis. Please continue to check the website and this page. Thank you and please stay safe and well.

  • School meals will continue from 10 am – 12 pm on weekdays via bus delivery throughout the duration of this crisis, as well as “Grab & Go” meals at three locations within the community – the William Floyd High School south parking lot, the Mastic Firehouse at 1080 Mastic Road and the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association at 31 Neighborhood Road.
  • Please click here for information on continuing instruction for students. 

March 25, 2020 at 4:15 pm (UPDATE):

  • School bus meal delivery will continue tomorrow from 10 am – 12 pm. Please check the school meal bus delivery post later this evening for an updated bus stop list adjusted for efficiency.
  • Meals will also be available at the same three locations for pick-up also from 10 am – 12 pm at the William Floyd High School south lot, the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association at 31 Neighborhood Road and the Mastic Firehouse at 1080 Mastic Road.
  • On Thursday, March 26 from 10 am – 12 pm, there will be another medicine pick-up hosted by the school nurses in district office, located next to the high school; please look for the green awning. If your child has medicine in school that you are in need of, please come and pick it up between those hours.

March 23, 2020 at 2 pm (UPDATE):

  • A hotline and email address have been created to answer any questions or concerns. You can call the William Floyd School District Confidential/coronavirus hotline at 631-874-1200 (formerly just the Confidential hotline) or email coronavirus@wfsd.k12.ny.us  with questions or concerns. You can also check for the latest on the coronavirus from Suffolk County at www.suffolkcountyny.gov or by texting COVIDSUFFOLK to 67283.
  • Canvas, an online learning platform, is now open for William Floyd High School students in grades 9-12. Please note that this platform is only available for high school students at this time. (Click here for direction) As we do not know how long this pandemic will last, the district has been preparing Canvas for use at the middle school level, and also working on a Google-based platform for grades K-5, which will allow for online digital learning and teacher engagement for all grade levels. The district has been working around the clock preparing these platforms K-8. Additional information will be communicated in the coming days. Students in grades K-8 should continue working on their two-week review packets. Additional information regarding K-8 learning will be communicated in the coming days. We thank you for your patience throughout this time (now beginning just the second week without school in session) as we work to completely move education online for the duration of this public health crisis. 
  • School meal "Grab & Go" pick-up will continue at three locations (Monday-Friday, 10 am - noon) at the William Floyd High School south lot near the tennis courts, the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association at 31 Neighborhood Road and the Mastic Firehouse at 1080 Mastic Road. 

March 20, 2020 at 1:20 pm (UPDATE):

  • We will continue with the “Grab & Go” meals school meals at three locations within our community – the William Floyd High School south lot near the tennis courts, the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association at 31 Neighborhood Road and the Mastic Firehouse at 1080 Mastic Road. 
  • We are preparing to roll out the online platform for grades 9-12 early next week.
  • We will not be distributing any more packets until further notice.
  • Please stay tuned to the district website (particularly this post) for future announcements right here.

March 19, 2020 at 10 am (UPDATE):

  • Packet pick-up continues today (3/19) and tomorrow (3/20) from 10 am - 12 pm at the William Floyd High School east lobby (near the auditorium). Pull up in your vehicle and state the grade level(s) needed (K-8).
  • K-8 school work is also available on each school's virtual backpack (K-8). Please note if you are picking up an elementary school packet, you will get a generic elementary school packet that may not be the same what has been posted in the virtual backpack. (direct virtual backpack links below)
  • Information for online instruction for grades 9-12 will be communicated in the coming days. The online learning platforms have been finalized, courses and student rosters have been loaded, training with teachers has begun and our aim is to be up and running by Monday, March 23. Specifics will be communicated shortly.

Direct virtual backpack links K-8:

William Floyd Middle School 
William Paca Middle School
John S.  Hobart Elementary
Moriches Elementary
Tangier Smith Elementary
William Floyd Elementary
Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary


March 18, 2020 at 4:15 pm (UPDATE):

  • The Grab & Go meal program for children up to age 18 will continue to be available for pick-up for two hours each weekday, Monday through Friday from 10 am to noon at three locations - the William Floyd High School south parking lot near the tennis courts, the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association at 31 Neighborhood Road and the Mastic Firehouse at 1080 Mastic Road.
  • Grade level packet pick-up will continue on Thursday and Friday (March 19-20) from 10 am to noon for any middle school or Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School student who has not yet received their packet. The pick-up location will again be the William Floyd High School east lobby entrance in a drive-through capacity.
  • Information for online instruction for grades 9-12 will be communicated in the coming days. The online learning platforms have been finalized, courses and student rosters have been loaded, training with teachers has begun and our aim is to be up and running by Monday, March 23. Specifics will be communicated shortly.

Please see important information below regarding school meals, medication and grade-level packets.

  • We are continuing to offer “Grab & Go” breakfast and lunch pick-ups for children within our community from 10 am to 12 pm Monday through Friday throughout this crisis at three locations within our community -- the William Floyd High School south parking lot near the tennis courts, the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association at 31 Neighborhood Road and the Mastic Firehouse at 1080 Mastic Road.
  • We have also coordinated with Long Island Cares who has provided 2,000 pre-packaged family meals for anyone in need from the community. Meals will be available for pick-up from 10 am – 12 pm during weekdays, while supplies last.
  • Additionally, if your family had supplies of medication within their school nurse’s office, the medication will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, March 18 from 10 am – 12 pm in district office, which is located next to the high school; please look for the green awning.
  • And lastly, if you have not received your child’s grade level packet for grades K-8, they will be available for pick-up from 10 am – 12 pm beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20 at the William Floyd High School east lobby entrance near the auditorium. This will be similar to a "grab and go." Pull up in your vehicle, state your child's school and grade level and someone will hand it to you. You won't even need to get out of your car. (PDF versions of the packets are on most school's virtual backpacks - locate your school underneath the "School" dropdown menu above, click on your specific school, go to the lower left corner and click on virtual backpack, then click flyers.).
  • Information for online instruction for grades 9-12 will be communicated in the coming days. The online learning platforms have been finalized, courses and student rosters have been loaded, training with teachers has begun and our aim is to be up and running by Monday, March 23. Specifics will be communicated shortly.

Governor Cuomo has ordered all schools statewide ending April 1, 2020. We will continue the lines of communication open in the coming days with our school community. Thank you for your patience as we navigate our way through this public health crisis.


School Meal Information & Grade Level Packet Pick-Up

Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this difficult time. Please know that we are doing all that we can to keep you informed and provide assistance when possible. Please continue to check back on the website for updates and listen for calls with important information. Thank you.

School Meals
The William Floyd School District along with Aramark, the district's food services provider, will continue distributing school meals each weekday (Monday through Friday) from 10 am to 12 pm at three locations within the community (listed below). Families should just pull up in their vehicle, state the name of the child(ren), their school and take the food.

Locations: 

  • William Floyd High School south parking lot, 240 Mastic Beach Road, Mastic Beach
  • Mastic Beach Property Owner's Association, 31 Neighborhood Road, Mastic Beach
  • Mastic Firehouse, 1080 Mastic Road, Mastic

The district is also partnering with Long Island Cares for food distribution for those in need in the community. Additional information on that will be forthcoming.

Continuity of Education (K-8 Packet Pick-Up)
For families with students in grades K-8, if you have not received your child's grade level packet, they will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 18-20 from 10 am to 12 pm at the William Floyd High School east lobby. 

We will also be providing evening opportunities for pickup (times to be determined). 

Elementary families with a child who was absent on Friday, March 13, you can also email your principal to inquire about packets specific to your school. 

Online instruction for grades 9-12 will be communicated in the coming days.


Information on School Meals, Continuity of Education and More

As you know, the world is experiencing an unprecedented crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency. With the county, state and federal governments placing us in a state of emergency and schools ordered closed by Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone for the next two weeks (March 16-27), the William Floyd School District has put together some questions and answers that might be helpful during this difficult time.

Why are schools closed for two weeks?
Schools have been closed as a precautionary measure to help prevent community spread of COVID-19. We will continue to use this time to deep clean and sanitize our facilities using a New York State-approved hospital-grade product, 3M Quat Disinfectant, which is effective against a broad spectrum of viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. The Center for Biocide Chemistries lists this product as effective at fighting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)PDF Download

Do you have any cases in the William Floyd School District?
We have no confirmed cases at this time.

What about students who rely on school meals?
We have been working with our food services provider, Aramark, to set up delivery of bagged breakfast and lunch to students in a “grab and go” capacity weekdays (Monday through Friday) for at least the next two weeks. Just pull up in your vehicle, state the name of your child(ren), their school and take the food. Pick up will take place at the following locations beginning Monday, March 16 from 10 am to 12 pm: William Floyd High School south entrance, 240 Mastic Beach Road, Mastic Beach; the Mastic Beach Property Owner’s Association, 31 Neighborhood Road, Mastic Beach; and the Mastic Firehouse, 1080 Mastic Road, Mastic.

The district has also been exploring community food distribution through outside non-profit agencies and will keep you updated on that. The William Floyd Family Center and the local emergency food pantry will be closed at the moment. If anything changes on this, we will let the community know right away.

What about school work for these two weeks?
The district began preparing grade level packets for K-8 and working on the implementation of online instruction for grades 9-12 for continuity of education.

  • Most of the elementary school packets were finished in time to go home on Friday except for Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School. Information on how to pick up packets for Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School or if a child was absent from any other elementary school on Friday will be forthcoming.
  • Middle school packets were not completed in time on Friday to be sent home with students, but they are currently available on each middle school virtual backpack. You are not expected to print these large documents. We will do all that we can to get packets to you. However, if for any reason we are unable to get hard copies in your hands, you can work off of the documents from the virtual backpack. Just number each page and question and follow along on a blank sheet of paper with your answers. Follow these links for middle school virtual backpacks: William Floyd Middle School and William Paca Middle School.
  • Resources and information for online instruction for grades 9-12 will be made available in the coming days.

What about spring break will we be required to come to school then?
The district, along with every district across Long Island, is awaiting guidance from the Governor Cuomo’s office regarding how to proceed with upcoming school vacation periods as a result of this unprecedented health crisis. Once we have information from the governor, we will share it with the school community expeditiously. We do know that Governor Cuomo has lessened the restrictions on the 180-day attendance requirement. However, we do not yet have guidance on how to proceed with scheduled school vacation periods since a two-week closure has been ordered by Suffolk County. At this point and barring any additional unforeseen closures, we *expect to be open on Monday, April 13, and Friday, May 22 (*subject to change at a moment’s notice). Further information will be communicated as it becomes available.

What about UPK and childcare facilities?
UPK has been canceled districtwide for the next two weeks, which includes Harmony, Head Start, Colonial Youth and Just Kids. Just Kids special education children who have current individualized education plans (IEPs) that include OT, PT or speech, may call 631-924-0008 to arrange for these therapies at the Just Kids Middle Island site. Just Kids will make every effort to accommodate parent requests. If you currently use Colonial Youth for childcare (at the Little Red Schoolhouse only), please follow up with them directly to inquire if it will still be offered.

What about Home Instruction and other-related services?
Due to the nature of this emergency closure, all home instruction and services will temporarily stop. Parents, please communicate with your school’s psychologist upon re-opening to schedule a CSE meeting to determine if compensatory services will be required.

When will schools re-open?
As of this point, please plan for Monday, March 30. However, please note that this is a rapidly evolving situation and this information, while accurate at the moment, could change at a moment’s notice for a variety of reasons. We will continue to follow the lead of the Suffolk County Department of Health, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Governor Cuomo on any health-related closures.

Please note that information for the staff will be communicated directly to the staff via district email.

***Altice is offering free high-speed broadband connectivity (Wi-Fi) for K-12 and college students during this public health crisis. Click here for details. Call 1-866-200-9522 for details and to enroll.


March 15, 2020 at 12:30 pm: County Executive Bellone Orders All County Schools Closed for Two Weeks - March 16-27

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has ordered all Suffolk County schools closed for a period of two weeks beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. The William Floyd School District will be communicating with our community and staff with an update regarding meals for people in our community who need them, interim instruction as well as further information later today and in the upcoming days. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to keep you informed throughout this situation. Thank you.


March 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm: Important Health Information Update - Schools Closed Week of 3/16-3/20

Although we still do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our schools, we have been notified of cases within neighboring communities. So, out of an abundance of caution, all William Floyd schools will be closed for five days beginning on Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, in order to continue deep cleaning and sanitizing our facilities. If there are any additional changes, we will notify the school community immediately. The health and safety of our students, staff and community is and will continue to be the number one priority. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented health situation.


March 13, 2020 at 2:35 pm: UPDATE

William Floyd School District currently does NOT have any cases of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) that includes students and staff. There have been rumors that the Floyd Academy and/or the high school is under lockdown due to COVID-19. Those rumors are NOT true. No buildings are under lockdown for the coronavirus or any other reason. Multiple police cars and an ambulance were at the Floyd Academy to help with a student who fell ill. Click here for the latest health update from Superintendent of Schools Kevin Coster.


March 13, 2020 at 1:20 pm: UPDATE

In response to the public health situation pertaining to the new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken additional precautionary actions as outlined below. Please note that the district does NOT have any cases at this time and the schools are OPEN. With regard to any potential school closures here at William Floyd, we will continue to take a measured approach and follow direction from the Suffolk County Department of Health (SCDOH) and Governor Cuomo, who is not recommending en masse school closures at this time. This is a rapidly evolving situation, but at this time schools will remain open unless there is a confirmed case or we are directed to by SCDOH or the governor.

We have taken the following actions:

  • Evening activities (school and community sponsored) have been canceled through April 3, 2020.
  • Field trips have been canceled through April 3, 2020.
  • Athletic scrimmages and games have been canceled through April 3, 2020.
  • We will continue the cleaning and sanitizing procedures throughout the day, at nights and on weekends in all schools and requiring the same on our buses.

Additionally, in the event that the district does need to close, we have prepared grade level packets for students in grades K-8. We will also be implementing online instruction for grades 9-12 (information on that will be shared if necessary through various electronic means). The grade level packets for K-8 will be coming home in the very near future. Students should not begin this packet unless extended school closure is implemented.

Again, we will continue to do all that we can to keep our buildings clean and sanitized, and continue to keep our students, staff and families informed on this rapidly evolving situation. Thank you for your patience as we deal with this public health situation.

Sincerely,

Kevin M. Coster
Superintendent of Schools


March 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm: UPDATE

I know that there is great concern about the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and I wanted to touch base with you again today to let you know that we do NOT have any cases at this time. Additionally, we have re-assessed and decided to continue the cancellation of evening activities for school and non-school sponsored events in our schools after 6 pm for the week of Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, and all of Saturday, March 21. This will allow the deep cleaning and sanitizing to continue without delay. We will re-evaluate this procedure on a week-to-week basis.

You may have heard that some Suffolk County districts are closing schools for 1-2 week periods in a precautionary manner and that will likely continue happening in other districts in the coming days. With regard to any potential school closures here at William Floyd, we will continue to take a measured approach and follow direction from the Suffolk County Department of Health (SCDOH) and Governor Cuomo. This is a rapidly evolving situation, but at this time I do not have any intention of closing schools unless there is a confirmed case or we are directed to by SCDOH or the governor.

However, in the event that we do need to close, we have been making contingency plans. All procedures for these efforts will be communicated if the need arises.

As mentioned in previous updates (available below), we continue to focus on deep cleaning and sanitizing our schools, as well as ensuring our transportation providers are doing the same on buses that transport our children.

Prevention tips, travel advisories and more are also available in the March 11 update below.

Thank you for your efforts and patience during this time as we navigate this unprecedented public health situation.

Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools

Click here for the latest advisories from the CDC


March 11, 2020 at 1:30 pm: UPDATE

The William Floyd School District does NOT have any cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The district continues to remain in close contact with the Suffolk County Department of Health and receives regular updates on this evolving situation. We wanted to assure you that we are doing all that we can in our power to help stave off the coronavirus in our schools. Below is a summary (which has also been outlined in previous updates listed below).

  • Canceled all evening activities for school and community organizations after 6 pm and this weekend. Will re-assess this on a weekly basis and notify all in a timely manner.
  • Clearing buildings by 6 pm provides custodial staff additional time to sanitize and deep clean schools.
  • Hired additional custodial staff to assist with this effort.
  • The cleaning product is the 3M Quat Disinfectant which is effective against a broad spectrum of viruses, bacteria and fungi.
    The Center for Biocide ChemistriesPDF Download lists this product as effective at fighting the novel coronavirus.
  • Working with district transportation providers to ensure they are disinfecting their buses frequently (buses with visibly sick children are taken out of service temporarily for deep cleaning).

The SCMEA rehearsals and concerts scheduled for March 13-15 have been canceled. All-County students are in the process of being notified. This event will not be rescheduled. Additionally, The YMCA canceled the annual Youth & Government conference scheduled for March 13-15 in Albany. No information is available on whether it will be rescheduled.

The district will continue to remain in close contact with the Suffolk County Department of Health, who will contact the district if a confirmed case of COVID-19 emerges. If a confirmed case emerges, we will notify the entire school community immediately and take appropriate measures if necessary, which may necessitate school closures. Please note the district has five unused snow/emergency days that will help alleviate any impact in this worst-case scenario. If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow our current practices for handling respiratory illnesses, subject to any additional guidance received by the above referenced departments.

Please click here for additional information from the Suffolk County Department of Health, as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.

For Those Planning to Travel in the Near Future
With this rapidly evolving outbreak and the CDC currently restricting travel from certain countries, there remains the very real possibility that travel may be restricted from additional countries at any time resulting in a mandatory quarantine for travelers, whether abroad, on board a cruise ship or even in your own home upon return. Now is the time to make an informed and responsible decision as whether you should go ahead with those plans.

Click here for the latest advisories from the CDC

Prevention tips
Our schools will continue to focus on the importance of handwashing, covering ones mouth when coughing or sneezing, staying home when sick, etc. Children are encouraged and allowed to wash their hands at any time and are also allowed to bring in personal size hand sanitizer for their own use. Please see additional prevention tips below.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – (hum the tune of “Happy Birthday” two times). Make sure fingertips are also thoroughly cleaned. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer until hands can be washed properly. Heavily soiled hands should be washed as soon as possible.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick and wait at least 24 hours before returning to school/work after a fever.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Wash hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Electronics should not be sprayed directly.

March 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm: UPDATE

There have been rumors that someone in the high school has been infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-2019). Those rumors are NOT true. We currently do not have any cases of COVID-19. The Suffolk County Department of Health (SCDOH), the organization in charge of COVID-19 response, testing and determination, has not contacted the district with regard to anyone having the respiratory illness. We also do not have any suspected cases at this time. Rest assured, the district is following all SCDOH procedures as outlined below and will contact the community immediately if anything changes.

SCMEA Music update: The William Floyd School District has informed the Suffolk County Music Educators Association (SCMEA) that we will not be hosting the final two rehearsals this upcoming weekend. This will allow district custodial staff to focus all of their weekend efforts in sanitizing and disinfecting schools. Any additional information regarding SCMEA rehearsals and concerts will come directly from the SCMEA organization in the coming days.


March 9, 2020 at 12:15 pm: UPDATE

Please see the below message from Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools:

By now you have undoubtedly seen the multitude of news reports about COVID-19, the novel (new) strain of the coronavirus, a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. This page is to provide the school community with an update about what the district has been doing to try to prevent the spread of viruses within our schools.

The William Floyd School District currently does NOT have any cases of COVID-19. If anything changes in that regard, we will notify the entire school community immediately.

Plans for This Week
Out of an abundance of caution, all activities are being canceled for this week in all schools for events that take place after 6 pm – that includes school-sponsored events such as parent-teacher conferences, the Night of 1,000 strings concert, clubs, sports, parent-involvement events, etc., in addition to any programming sponsored by outside community organizations that use our facilities. Additionally, we are currently working with SCMEA to come up with alternative plans for this weekend’s conference. The regular business portion of the Board of Education meeting will still take place as scheduled on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30 pm in the high school library.

Clearing the buildings by 6 pm will provide our custodial staff with additional time to sanitize and deep clean our schools to prepare for the next day. We are also bringing in additional custodial staff to assist with this effort.

I have assembled a district response team to monitor and assess the situation as it pertains to our schools, students and staff. We are closely monitoring the situation and creating contingency plans for all different possibilities. We will continue to maintain close contact with and follow the lead of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the New York State Department of Health, the Suffolk County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.

If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, it will notify the entire school community immediately and take appropriate measures if necessary, such as school closings. Please note the district has five unused snow/emergency days that will help alleviate any impact in this worst-case scenario. If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow our current practices for handling respiratory illnesses, subject to any additional guidance received by the above referenced departments.

Please know, that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this and other illnesses. Below are some of the cleaning procedures we have in place and tips for prevention of the transmission of germs to others and ourselves.

Cleaning Procedures & Additional Information
In addition to the thorough cleaning that our custodial staff performs on a regular basis, we have increased the frequency with which they are sanitizing high-traffic spots such as door handles, stairwell railings, bathrooms, chairs, desktops, lunch tables, etc., throughout the school day. Our custodians are using a New York State-approved hospital-grade product, 3M Quat Disinfectant, which is effective against a broad spectrum of viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. The Center for Biocide Chemistries lists this product as effective at fighting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). (Click here for link and check page 4 of documentPDF Download).

Additionally, principals will make periodic announcements in each school about the importance of handwashing in minimizing the spread of respiratory viruses. A short video will be shown to elementary students about the importance of handwashing in staying healthy. We are also working with our transportation providers to ensure they are regularly sanitizing school bus seats and other frequently-touched surfaces on a regular basis.

Prevention tips

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – (hum the tune of “Happy Birthday” two times). Make sure fingertips are also thoroughly cleaned. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer until hands can be washed properly. Heavily soiled hands should be washed as soon as possible.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick and wait at least 24 hours before returning to school/work after a fever.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Wash hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory illness and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.

Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The district is prepared to work with any affected families.

Click here for the latest advisories from the CDC

New York State has established a novel coronavirus hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms. The district will share any new information in a timely manner.

This is also a great time to ensure that your child’s school has the most up-to-date contact information for you and to update emergency contacts. If your contact information has changed, please send in a note to your child’s classroom teacher (grades K-5) or to your school’s main office (grades 6-12).


March 5, 2020 at 2:00 pm: UPDATE

Out of an abundance of caution, the William Floyd School District has canceled a high school field trip to the International Beauty Show on Tuesday, March 10 at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. High school barbering and cosmetology students were scheduled to attend, but the district felt it best to err on the side of caution and avoid any unnecessary travel into New York City at this time. (Click here for their coronavirus statement)


March 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm: UPDATE 

William Floyd School District officials attended a Suffolk County School Superintendents Association meeting on the coronavirus sponsored by the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association and Eastern Suffolk BOCES on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The meeting included representatives from the Suffolk County Department of Health, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's office, the Suffolk County Police Department and Suffolk County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services to discuss the evolving issue of the coronavirus as well as the response. School officials continue to monitor developments closely, infectious disease cleaning protocols (as detailed below) are in place and all are encouraged continue to implement individual prevention procedures (non-pharmaceutical interventions or NPIs) as detailed below.

For updated information on the coronavirus, please check the following links for details:

CDC
Suffolk County Department of Health
World Health Organization


February 28, 2020 at 2:30 pm: Important Health Information for the School Community

The William Floyd School District has been closely monitoring reports about the new coronavirus, COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

The William Floyd School District DOES NOT have any cases of COVID-19, and there is no identified risk to the William Floyd School District community at this time.

Additionally, up to this point, there have not been any confirmed cases on Long Island or throughout New York State.

Rest assured, that the district continues to closely monitor this situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the New York State Department of Health, the Suffolk County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.

If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, it will notify the entire school community immediately. If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow our current practices for handling respiratory illnesses, subject to any additional guidance received by the above referenced departments.

Please know, that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this and other illnesses.

What We Are Doing to Prevent the Spread of Viruses
The district has infectious disease protocols in place, as it does throughout flu season, and has been taking the steps necessary such as thorough cleansing and disinfecting throughout schools to minimize the spread of viruses. Custodial staff is paying extra attention to frequently touched and other high-traffic surfaces, such as door handles and knobs, stairwell railings, bathrooms, chairs, desktops, lunch tables, etc.

Prevention (Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention)
There are a number of steps individuals can take to help minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health:  

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer until soap and water are available. Heavily soiled hands should be washed as soon as possible.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Use social distancing when possible (stand at least six feet away)

If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.

Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The district is prepared to work with any affected families.

Additional Resources:
Families are also encouraged to follow the CDC’s information for travel.
For additional information, please check out the links below:

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
COVID-19: What is Stigma and What Causes It? 
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Frequently Asked Questions - Prevention 
Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

New York State has also established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.

The district will share any new information if/when it becomes available. 

 


 

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