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A Health Related Message From the Superintendent of Schools

October 23, 2020

Dear Lindenhurst Community,

Earlier today, we were informed that a staff member at Lindenhurst Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. The middle school employee has not been in school since Wednesday, Oct. 21, and will not be permitted to return for at least 10 days and until the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) releases them from isolation.

We have been in contact with the SCDHS, who is aiding us in the contact tracing investigation. We are providing the SCDHS with a list of probable close contacts. The identification of close contacts begins 48 hours before the member of staff became symptomatic, or 48 hours before the individual was tested for the COVID-19 virus if asymptomatic. Those individuals identified through contact tracing will be contacted by the SCDHS and will be required to quarantine at home for 14 days from the date of exposure to the infected individual. 

As a reminder, the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Some have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. If your child is exhibiting any symptoms such as those listed above, please contact your child’s medical provider to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office or hospital.We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide more information as necessary.

Thank you for your continued attention and vigilance.

Sincerely,

Daniel Giordano

Superintendent of Schools

Secondary Reopening Plan Survey

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Dear Lindenhurst Middle School and High School Community,

We are pleased to announce that as a result of our successful reopening at the secondary level, we will be moving forward with our phase-in plan and transitioning to a 50% hybrid model beginning on Monday, November 9th. This date corresponds with the start of the second marking period. Students at the secondary level will now be divided into 2 groups based on the alphabet (last name) and attend school in-person every other day.

The school day will continue to be a full 9 period day. The original groups A and B will be combined to form ‘Lindy Group.” The Lindy Group will consist of students with the last names from letters A-L and will be represented by a green dot in the portal. The original Teams C and D will be combined to form “Bulldogs Group.” The Bulldogs Group will consist of students with the last names from letters M-Z and will be represented by a yellow dot in the portal.

The days that students are not receiving in-person instruction they will continue to be involved in asynchronous learning or synchronous learning remotely. Attendance will be taken by the teacher every day, whether the student is attending in-person or remotely.

We know that some families are not comfortable with a 50% return to school. Therefore, we are asking that a parent or guardian complete and submit the attached survey in order to help us plan. We are asking that you complete the survey by October 26th for an anticipated start date of November 9th.

When considering whether you will allow your child to return to the hybrid, 50% model or keep your child in a full remote learning program, please be mindful of the following:

  • Students on full remote learning must remain full remote for the entirety of the second quarter.  The second quarter is from November 9, 2020 to January 29, 2021
  • Plastic barriers have been received and will be utilized throughout the day.
  • All students will be required to wear masks and will be given mask breaks throughout the day.

Please follow the link below to complete the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbstQCuwc325bd6w2U2f-d9SfWRysnY_T2CMmGUmWV4PFD4w/viewform

We thank you for your continued support and patience as we continue to reassess our reopening plan and make changes to create a safe return for everyone.

Elementary Reopening Plan Survey

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Plans are underway to return all elementary students (K-5) to the classroom at 100% capacity for in-person instruction five days per week. We know that some families are not comfortable with a full return to school; therefore, we are asking that each parent or guardian complete and submit the attached survey in order to help us plan. We are asking that you complete the survey by October 26th for an anticipated start date of November 4th.

There are some things you need to know in considering whether you will allow your child to return to school full time, or keep your child in a full remote learning program. Please be mindful of the following:

  • Students on full remote learning must remain full remote for the remainder of the trimester.  The new trimester begins on March 1st, 2021. 
  • Specials such as art, PE, music, and library will be delivered in an asynchronous manner for full remote students.  Teachers of these specials will have planned lessons for students provided through Google Classroom.  If feasible, the lessons will be delivered synchronously at times.  
  • Full remote students will remain with their current teacher and we ask that you continue to adhere to the protocols distributed regarding remote learning.
  • Students who receive Resource room, AIS, and ENL services will continue to work with their current teacher, as well as students currently in special education self-contained programs.
  • Plastic barriers have been received and will be placed at each student’s desk.
  • All students will be required to wear masks and will be given mask breaks throughout the day.
  • Students will have snack in alternating shifts in the classroom 
  • We continue to plan for the best way to implement our lunch schedule, as different buildings have different amounts of space available.  


We thank you for your continued support and patience as we continue to reassess our reopening plan and make changes to create a safe return for everyone. Please follow the link below to complete the survey.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflnfqzKrZH843CiO0JD4AoJCjHqr6fnyTTBt3SMQJMO1lLSg/viewform?usp=sf_link

French Students' Success

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In spring 2020, several French students from Lindenhurst Union Free School District took part in the National French Contest remotely sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.

More than 68,000 French students nationwide took part in the competition and several Lindenhurst students placed in the top 10 in Suffolk County and in the top five nationally.

Grade 7 (at time of test):

Natalia Kazimierczyk - first in Suffolk County and fifth nationally.

Isha Garcia - fifth in Suffolk County.

Grade 8 (at time of test):

Arthur Chrzanowski – first in Suffolk County and 3rd nationally.

Keira Murphy – eighth in Suffolk County.Julia Wlodkiewicz - eighth in Suffolk County. 

Maria Avlonitis - ninth in Suffolk County.

Grade 9 (at time of test):

Lauren Walker - fourth in Suffolk County and fifth nationally.

Under typical circumstances all of the students placing in the top 10 in Suffolk County would have been invited to the American Association of Teachers of French chapter's annual awards ceremony. However, due to the global pandemic, this could not occur. The district wishes to extend its congratulations to all of these talented students.

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