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    IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE November 23, 2020

    Good afternoon Westbury Community,
     
    On Friday, November 20th we sent information regarding the possibility of shifting to 100% remote learning (link to update).  Many of you have been tuned into the updates from Governor Cuomo regarding the micro cluster zones and you are aware that on Friday evening Nassau County met the conditions for a Yellow Zone designation and tonight the County met the conditions for an Orange Zone designation.
     
    Red Zone:
    7-day avg. above 4% for 10 days, and over 10 new daily cases per 100K people
     
    Orange Zone:
    7-day avg. above 3% for 10 days, and over 10 new daily cases per 100K people
     
    Yellow Zone: 
    7-day avg. above 2.5% for 10 days, and over 10 new daily cases per 100K people
     
    Although Nassau County’s 7-day average positivity rate currently places the County in the Orange Zone, there are ongoing discussions about how the additional COVID-19 safety restrictions would be implemented across school districts.  The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) asked all Long Island school districts to hold off on implementing any additional COVID-19 safety restrictions until the NYSDOH contacts individual school districts to identify specific schools that are in a micro cluster zone and explains what each school is required to do.  As of 5:00pm today, we have not heard from the NYSDOH; therefore, schools will be in session tomorrow, November 24, 2020 for hybrid instruction and to support our virtual Parent Teacher conferences in the Elementary and Middle Schools. 
     
    I will continue to closely monitor this situation and will keep you updated as more information becomes available.  I am thankful for your service and due diligence in ensuring we keep each other safe and follow the guidelines of wearing our masks, washing our hands and watching our distance in and out of our schools.
     
    Remember that the Westbury UFSD will be 100% remote after the holidays from November 30-December 4, 2020 and returning to in-person hybrid instruction on December 7, 2020. 
     
    Thank you,
    Eudes S. Budhai
    Superintendent of Schools
    Westbury UFSD
    516 874-1832

     IMPORTANT COVID-19 Update NOVEMBER 20, 2020

    Dear Families and Staff,

    I am reaching out to you today to share an important update on the spread of COVID-19.  The current positivity rate in Nassau County is such that we may be forced to shift to 100% remote learning on Tuesday, November 24, in order to comply with the Governor’s efforts to contain the spread.

    In response to the increase of positive cases across New York State, Governor Cuomo has instituted the Cluster Action Initiative (https://forward.ny.gov/) to identify areas where the virus is spreading quickly.  The initiative places areas with high positivity rates in one of three categories with successively higher restrictions: Yellow Zone, Orange Zone, and Red Zone. The criteria for designating a cluster zone is described below.

    Red Zone:

    7-day avg. above 4% for 10 days, and over 10 new daily cases per 100K people

     

    Orange Zone:

    7-day avg. above 3% for 10 days, and over 10 new daily cases per 100K people

     

    Yellow Zone

    7-day avg. above 2.5% for 10 days, and over 10 new daily cases per 100K people

    Despite all of this, we have had great success limiting the spread of COVID-19 within our schools. Our schools are a safe place for our students and staff with all the precautions that we have put in place, such as cleaning and disinfecting protocols, mask wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene and using precautionary quarantines. I would like to thank our entire school community for the efforts that have been made to keep our students thriving in school.

    The news of these potential designations is disappointing to all of us. I will continue to monitor this situation closely and will do everything possible to keep our students safely in school. As always, I will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

    Please refer to the COVID19 Update presentation for additional information and contact Mr. Fernando Agramonte, the District COVID-19 Safety Coordinator, at 516-874-1830 or fagramonte@westburyschools.org.

     

    Please remember to always Wear your mask, Wash your Hands, and Watch your distance.

    Sincerely,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD

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    IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE NOVEMBER 18, 2020 RE: THANKSGIVING RECESS

    Dear Families and Staff,

    The Westbury UFSD remains current with information, data and updates provided by the Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control. I am writing to inform you that, after careful consideration and in consultation with our medical professionals and the Department of Health, we have decided to transition all of our school buildings to remote instruction for the week after the Thanksgiving Holiday (Monday, November 30 – Friday, December 4). This proactive decision was made out of an abundance of caution to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate any personnel constraints that may arise due to travel restrictions and required self-quarantining.

    Each building principal will share educational logistics and remote learning protocols with the staff, students and families to ensure a seamless transition for the week after the Thanksgiving holiday. Our “Grab and Go” meal distribution program will continue throughout the week at Drexel Avenue and Park Avenue Schools, between the hours of 8:00am and 12:00pm.

    We are also thankful and excited to announce that the Disney Corporation has donated more than 3,000 face masks for our students in grades K-8. Each building principal will provide information about distribution of supplies prior to the holiday break.

    Please be aware of the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory. The rules now require that travelers entering New York from out of state (with the exception of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont), comply with the following:

    • Travelers who were outside of New York for more than 24 hours, must obtain a COVID test within 72 hours prior to arrival in New York;
    • Upon arrival in New York, the traveler must quarantine for three days; and
    • On day four of the quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests are negative, then the traveler may exit quarantine early.

    If you travel out-of-state for less than 24 hours, there is no need to quarantine. You simply need to fill out the traveler health form (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory) upon entry into New York and take a COVID test 4 days after arriving. Please read the entire travel advisory before traveling so that you know how this will impact your child attending school in-person when you return.

    The health and safety of our Westbury Community continues to be our priority.

    Wishing you all a healthy and happy holiday.  Be well and stay safe.

    Sincerely,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD

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    IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE NOVEMBER 13, 2020

    Dear Families and Staff,

    Today, November 13, 2020, we were notified that a staff member at the Westbury Middle School tested positive for COVID-19.  The last time the staff member was in the building was Tuesday, November 10th.  We have already notified the students and staff members who may have had close contact with the staff member.  We are working with the Department of Health to ensure we continue to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment for all.

    If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Mr. Fernando Agramonte, the District COVID-19 Safety Coordinator, at 516-874-1830 or fagramonte@westburyschools.org.

    Please remember to always Wear your mask, Wash your Hands, and Watch your distance.

    Thank you,

    Eudes Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD

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     IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE NOVEMBER 10, 2020

    Dear Families and Staff,

    Today, November 10, 2020, we learned that three students enrolled at Westbury High School are close contacts of someone who tested positive for COVID-19.  In consultation with the Department of Health (DOH), and out of an abundance of caution, the High School will shift to 100% remote learning until Monday, November 16.  We will send you a message on Sunday if the DOH requests that we extend remote learning beyond Monday, November 16.  As we shift to 100% remote learning, all teachers will hold their regular classes online and we expect all of our students to fully engage in remote learning.

    We want you to know that the health and safety of all of our students and staff is at the core of every decision we make.  While the District follows the guidance from the Department of Health, we will always prioritize and advocate for the health and safety of our students and staff.

    Breakfast and Lunch meal distribution will continue to be available Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 12:00pm at Dryden Street School.

    If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Mr. Fernando Agramonte, the District COVID-19 Safety Coordinator, at 516-874-1830 or fagramonte@westburyschools.org.

    Please remember to always Wear your mask, Wash your Hands, and Watch your distance.

     

    Thank you,

    Eudes Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD

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    IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE NOVEMBER 4, 2020

    Dear Families and Staff,

    I would like to inform you that the Department of Health has concluded their contact tracing and tomorrow, November 5, 2020, we will return to hybrid instruction at Westbury High School. Tomorrow is a ‘2A Hybrid Instruction’ Day.

    The district will continue its vigilance in monitoring students and staff in our effort to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment for all. We thank the entire Westbury community for your continued patience and cooperation with our safety protocols.

    Please remember to always Wear your mask, Wash your Hands, and Watch your distance.

     

    Thank you,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD

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    IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE NOVEMBER 2, 2020

    Dear Families and Staff,

    Today, November 2, 2020, we were notified that a student enrolled in 100% remote learning at Westbury High School tested positive for COVID-19.  The student has not been in any of our buildings.  Nonetheless, we will report this to the Department of Health and this information will be reflected on the New York State COVID-19 Report Card.

    The district will continue its vigilance in monitoring students and staff in our effort to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment for all. We thank the entire Westbury community for your continued patience and cooperation with our safety protocols.

    Please remember to always Wear your mask, Wash your Hands, and Watch your distance.

     

    Thank you,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD

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    IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE NOVEMBER 2, 2020

    Dear Families and Staff,

    Over the weekend we were notified that a student enrolled at Westbury Middle School tested positive for COVID-19.  The last time the student was in our building was Monday, October 26th.  We began working with the Department of Health on October 30th when we learned of two positive cases in the same home.  On Friday, October 30th we proactively sent home students and staff who are close contacts of the Middle School student and all are engaged in remote teaching and learning from home.

    As always, we will remain vigilant in monitoring our students and staff and will work with the DOH to ensure we are doing everything to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment for all.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Mr. Fernando Agramonte, the District COVID-19 Safety Coordinator, at 516-874-1830 or fagramonte@westburyschools.org.

    Please remember to always Wear your mask, Wash your Hands, and Watch your distance.

    Thank you,

    Eudes Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD


    IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE NOVEMBER 1, 2020

    Dear Families and Staff,

    Today, Sunday, November 1, 2020, we were notified that a student enrolled at Westbury High School tested positive for COVID-19.  The student who tested positive has a sibling enrolled at Dryden Street School.  Out of an abundance of caution, on Monday, November 2, we will shift to 100% remote learning at both Westbury High School and Dryden Street School, until the DOH concludes their contact tracing. As we shift to 100% remote learning, all teachers will hold their regular classes online and we expect all of our students to fully engage in remote learning.

    We want you to know that the health and safety of all of our students and staff is at the core of every decision we make.  While the District follows the guidance from the Department of Health, we will always prioritize and advocate for the health and safety of our students and staff.

    Breakfast and Lunch meal distribution will continue to be available Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 12:00pm at Dryden Street School. 

    We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide you with updates as we learn more. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Mr. Fernando Agramonte, the District COVID-19 Safety Coordinator, at 516-874-1830 or fagramonte@westburyschools.org.

    Please remember to always Wear your mask, Wash your Hands, and Watch your distance.

    Sincerely,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD


    Update: October 30, 2020

    Dear Westbury Union Free School District Community,

    It has been requested by Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health that school districts throughout the state share the following message with our school communities ahead of the Halloween weekend: please stay healthy and safe.

    We implore everyone in our community to continue following the Department of Health’s social distancing guidelines and avoid large gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Westbury community. COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on our community and beyond.  These guidelines have been put in place to keep us safe and we must all work together to protect one another.

    Attached to this letter is a flyer being distributed by the New York State Department of Health with more information and insight about COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines.

    Please continue to follow the 3W’s: Wear your Mask, Wash your hands and Watch your distance!

    CUEup Westbury!

     

    Sincerely,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD

    CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

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     IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE October 30, 2020

    Dear Families and Staff,

    Today, October 30, 2020, we were notified that two Westbury students tested positive for COVID-19.  One student is enrolled at the Middle School and the other student is at the High School.  We have already notified all the students and staff members who may have had close contact with these students and we are working with the Department of Health to assist with their contact tracing efforts. This information will be reflected on the New York State COVID-19 Report Card.

    The district will continue its vigilance in monitoring students and staff in our effort to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment for all. We thank the entire Westbury community for your continued patience and cooperation with our safety protocols.

    If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Mr. Fernando Agramonte, the District COVID-19 Safety Coordinator, at 516-874-1830 or fagramonte@westburyschools.org.

    Please remember to always Wear your mask, Wash your Hands, and Watch your distance.

    Thank you,

    Eudes Budhai,

    Superintendent of Schools

    Westbury UFSD

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    IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE OCTOBER 25, 2020

    Dear Families and Staff,

    On Friday, October 23, 2020, we notified you that a student at Park Avenue School and their sibling at Dryden Street School tested positive for COVID-19.  After reviewing these two cases with the Department of Health (DOH), and confirming one additional case at Park Avenue School, out of an abundance of caution, we will shift to 100% remote learning at both Park Avenue and Dryden Street Schools, until the DOH concludes their contact tracing.  As we shift to 100% remote learning, all teachers will hold their regular classes online and we expect all of our students to fully engage in remote learning.

    We have been in contact with the DOH and shared the names of all the individuals who were in close contact with the students testing positive.  The DOH began their contact tracing efforts and is now in the process of notifying all individuals who are required to quarantine.  While the District follows the guidance from the Nassau County DOH, the CDC, the NYS Education Department (NYSED), and the Governor’s Office, we will always prioritize and advocate for the health and safety of our students and staff.  As such, we encourage all members of our staff and our students to get tested if you have not already done so. 

    Breakfast and Lunch meal distribution will continue to be available Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 12:00pm at both Dryden Street and Park Avenue Schools.

    We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide you with updates as we learn more. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Mr. Fernando Agramonte, the District COVID-19 Safety Coordinator, at 516-874-1830 or fagramonte@westburyschools.org. 

    Sincerely,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD


    IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE OCTOBER 23, 2020

    Dear Families,

    Today, the Westbury UFSD was notified that a student at Park Avenue School and their sibling at Dryden Street School tested positive for COVID-19.  The students who tested positive will not be allowed to return to school and will remain in isolation until the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) releases them from isolation, which is typically 10 days after symptoms appeared; and at least 72 hours have passed without a fever (without using fever-reducing medicine); and other symptoms have improved.

    Following guidance issued by the Nassau County DOH, we have temporarily closed off all areas of the building that the individual used so that we can thoroughly disinfect the spaces. We are working with the Nassau County DOH to follow all necessary protocols to mitigate any exposure to other students or staff.   We have communicated with the parents of the students in each of the classes impacted.  As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our foremost priority. 

    The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, difficulty breathing, severe body aches, loss of sense of taste or smell, vomiting and/or diarrhea, and severe sore throat. Some have reported additional symptoms, such as runny nose, nausea, lethargy, and lack of appetite. If your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed above, please contact your child’s doctor 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 you with updates as we learn more. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Mr. Fernando Agramonte, the District COVID-19 Safety Coordinator, at 516-874-1830 or fagramonte@westburyschools.org. 

    Thank you and be well,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, UFSD

     


    Update: October 20, 2020

     

    Dear Westbury Community,

    We have received questions about the ability of our students to participate in remote instruction on days when they are scheduled to be in the building for in-person instruction. The purpose of this letter is to provide clarification and guidance for our parents/guardians.

    The District’s Re-Entry Plan allows parents/guardians to choose between a 100% remote or a hybrid instructional model. There are times when children who selected the hybrid instructional model may need to stay home and participate remotely. We encourage students who are ill to stay home and focus on getting better while under the care of their physician. We also understand the need to be flexible when a student has a mild illness and is able to participate in class remotely.

    Remote Learning Attendance

    If you wish for your child to participate in remote instruction on a day when they are scheduled to be present for in-person instruction, we ask that you consider the following:

    • At the secondary level, parents/guardians should call the school by 7:00 am to notify the office of your child needing to participate remotely on a day of scheduled in-person instruction. At the elementary level, please call the school by 8:00 am.
    • If this becomes a regular occurrence, the school will recommend switching your child from the hybrid instructional model to 100% remote instruction.
    • If your child is sick, they should not participate in remote learning and instead focus on resting and getting better. As with any excused absence, your child’s teacher will provide them with opportunities to make up missed work. This also applies to other excused absences where students should not attend remote learning such as bereavement and religious observances.
    • If your child has a doctor’s appointment and they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 or other contagious diseases, they should come to school and be picked up for the appointment.
    • Students are not permitted to attend remotely during unexcused absences (travel, vacation, etc.).

    Remote Learning Etiquette

    • Parents/Guardians should not speak to the teacher or otherwise participate in live online classes. All communication with your child’s teacher should be done by phone or email.
    • Taking and/or posting photos or video of online classes is prohibited.

    We appreciate your understanding and ask that you contact your child’s principal with any questions.

    Thank you,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD


    Update: October 5, 2020

    Dear Westbury Community,

    Late last week Governor Cuomo began publishing, by zip code, a daily list of hot spots in New York State. The Westbury zip code (11590), which also includes a portion of the East Meadow and Carle Place School Districts, was included in the report for Wednesday, September 30. That report reflected a point in time and does not necessarily represent the current trend line. In fact, the Westbury zip code has not been included on the list since the report for last Wednesday. We are working to monitor the situation with Nassau County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein who said, “While COVID is a health concern for all communities, there is nothing specific to Westbury that would suggest altering your State approved COVID-19 protocols and procedures.”

    As we recently reported, there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 reported to the Westbury School District. We will continue to follow the protocols and procedures put in place as part of the district's Reopening Plan to facilitate social distancing, monitor the use of PPE, and conduct thorough cleanings of each school building. A critical component in our collective efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus is testing. We are strongly encouraging everyone in our community to get a COVID-19 test. This is the only way to truly track the presence of the virus in our community.

    There are several facilities throughout Westbury and the neighboring areas that offer the full suite of testing options. For more information about COVID-19 and where testing is available, please visit the Westbury Union Free School District’s dedicated website page: www.westburyschools.org/covid. We will continue to update you as developments warrant.

    Thank you,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools , Westbury UFSD


    Update: September 25, 2020

    The Westbury Union Free School District is working with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to rectify the misinformation that is listed on the New York State COVID-19 Report Card for both Park Avenue Elementary School and Westbury High School. The NYSDOH site states that one student at Park Ave and one student at the High School tested positive for COVID-19. To clarify, there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 reported to district administration at any of our school buildings since the start of the school year. In fact, this morning the Nassau County Department of Health confirmed that the County has no record of positive tests for any student attending the Westbury Schools.

    The district is vigilant in monitoring students and staff in our effort to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment for all. We will continue to follow the protocols and procedures that have been put in place to facilitate social distancing, while fostering a nurturing, academic experience for our students and staff.

    We thank the entire Westbury community for their cooperation and patience during what are still unprecedented times.

    Sincerely,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD


    Update: August 26, 2020

    Dear Westbury Union Free School District Families:

    The Westbury School District is committed to ensuring equal access to educational opportunities for all the children attending our schools regardless of their economic circumstances. This year access to technology will be a critical factor in our students’ success given our increased reliance on remote learning—instruction on a computer over the internet. As you may know, the District has announced that students will physically attend school every other day. On the days when they don’t come to school, students will receive a full day of on-line instruction at home over the internet from their regular teacher. Parents that are concerned about sending their children to school will have the option of choosing remote learning only for their children. (You can read more about our plan, which has been approved by the New York State Department of Education, and view a video presentation at www.westburyschools.org.)

    In July, to ensure that every student has the technology needed to participate in and take advantage of our remote learning program the Board of Education approved my recommendation authorizing the expenditure of $2 million to acquire over 4,000 laptops. Unfortunately, manufacturers have been unable to keep up with the unprecedented worldwide demand for this equipment and we have been informed that our order won’t be completed until October. When our order is received, the laptops will be lent to parents whose children need one.

    Parents who are interested in purchasing a laptop on their own should consider acquiring one with the following specifications:

    • Speed: 1.1 GHz
    • Cache: 2 MB
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Flash Memory: 32 GB
    • Screen size: 11.6”
    • Camera, microphone, speakers, USB ports

    Please do not hesitate to contact my office or your child’s building principal should you have any specific questions pertaining to your child and the reopening of schools.

    Sincerely,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD

     


    Update: May 18, 2020 ALERT 


    Dear Students and Families:


    In observance of Memorial Day, schools will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020. In addition, as a
    result of a mild winter, we did not use our allocated snow days. Therefore, schools will not be in
    session on Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26, for unused snow days. Rather than use the snow
    days this month as originally planned, we will end the school year earlier, on June 24.

    It is important that you are engaging through our google platform and virtual sessions. Classes are in
    session and you are responsible for continuous learning and submitting assignments. If you need
    assistance or require additional support, please communicate with your teachers or building
    Principal.

    Please make sure that you take advantage of our “Grab and Go” meal program distributed at Park
    Avenue School and Drexel Avenue School from 8am-12pm, Monday- Friday.

    I hope you and your families are safe and healthy during these difficult times.

    Sincerely,

    Thank you,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD

     

     


    Update: May 5, 2020 ALERT 

    Governor Cuomo Announces school closures for the remainder of the school year.

    Dear Westbury Learning Community,

    Governor Cuomo has announced school closures through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  He also stated that a decision about re-opening for summer school will be announced at the end of the month. We will advise you f further developments as they occur.

    The district will continue offering the following services:

    • Grab and Go meal distribution;
    • Distribution of laptops;
    • Distance Learning (please ensure that the students are connecting through their google classrooms/ virtual google meet sessions)
    • Childcare for first responders and essential workers through SCOPE;

    I welcome your feedback and encourage you to reach out to me, your principal, or your child’s teacher (email addresses are provided on at WestburySchools.org). Our District is committed to serving our students and community. Please refer to our WUFSD Digital Learning Environment for learning and our COVID-19 webpages for information. 

    Please be advised that Nassau County has opened a COVID 19 Testing Center in New Cassel at the Westbury Family Health Center, 682 Union Avenue. Testing is available to everyone, but you must make an appointment.  Please call 516 396-7500 to request an appointment.

    I look forward to seeing you when we are able to re-open. Until then, I hope you will practice social distancing and wear masks as well as gloves. Stay safe.

    Thank you,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD


    Update: April 16, 2020

    Dear Westbury Union Free School District Families, Staff and Students,

    You are truly missed! We are hopeful that you are in good health and in the best spirits under the circumstances. Our second week of teaching and learning from home has demonstrated the creativity and innovation needed to support student continuous learning. Our faculty, staff and students have tackled our digital learning programs with enthusiasm and with the spirit of true Dragons! Governor Cuomo announced that school closures throughout New York State will be extended another two weeks— through May 15. We also heard from New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa that all June Regents Exams have been canceled. Please see attached the guidance that was released by the Board of Regents regarding the Graduating and Course Requirement Changes due to the COVID-19 and Ongoing Statewide School Closure.

    While I know that this tacks onto what is already a trying time, we have been preparing for this and the programs that we have established will remain consistent. Your principals, teachers, Board of Education and I appreciate every note, message, and email we receive from our parents and our scholars. Since the school closures, the Westbury School District has worked diligently to ensure continuity in the services we provide our students and community. This far, we have distributed over 50,000 meals. We are proud of our implementation of a digital learning environment to provide access to assignments and maintain engagement as close to the classroom experiences as possible. The District administration and Board of Education sincerely thank our teachers and staff for making the necessary accommodations to provide consistency during such unprecedented times.

    As the Westbury School District remains closed, we welcome your feedback and encourage you to reach out to me, your principal, or your child’s teacher. Our District is committed to serving our students and community. Please refer to our WUFSD Digital Learning Environment for learning and our COVID-19 webpages for information. Also, below is information about Social Distancing and how to register for our childcare and supervision program for medical professionals and first responders. Social Distancing We must ensure that we practice social distancing as a method to prevent the further spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). It is critical that our children understand the serious nature of social distancing and staying home. Childcare and Supervision for Medical Professionals and First Responders Westbury is committed to supporting the childcare for medical professionals and first responders. Therefore, the district has partnered with SCOPE to assist you in getting daycare. If you need assistance, please call SCOPE at (631) 360-0800, Barbara R. (ext.100) or Angela (ext. 123) and leave a message with as much detail as possible. You can also visit our SCOPE Registration website: https://scopeonline.ce.eleyo.com/.

    #togetherbutapart

    Keep Westbury Strong,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools. Westbury UFSD


    Update: March 27, 2020 ALERT 

    Governor Cuomo Announces school closures until April 15, 2020.

    Dear Westbury School District Community,

    Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the extension of school district closures throughout New York State until April 15, 2020. While we understand the Governor’s order creates a disruption, we have been striving to ensure continuity in the services we provide to our students.

    Since school closures were first announced we have distributed over 20,000 meals to our students. Both breakfast and lunch can be picked up from either Park Avenue School or the Middle School Monday thru Friday between 8 AM and noon.

    We have physically distributed assignments in addition to introducing an online digital classroom environment enabling students to maintain engagement with their teachers and to access additional instructional materials. We will continue to offer this online capability until we reopen. If you have a child that has not received their assignments or online access, please call your school buildings or email your teachers and we will get back to you. 

    The District administration and the Board of Education sincerely thank our staff for their commitment to providing services and instruction to our children during these uncertain times. Though nothing can replace the classroom experience, we are encouraged by what has been accomplished thus far to maintain continuity.

    In the event that you were not aware, the New York Department of Education announced that all statewide student assessments for the spring 2020 testing window are suspended.  This includes the springtime administration of the New York State English Language Arts and Mathematics, Science, and New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) and New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school. We will provide additional information when we receive further guidance from NYSED. For details regarding the suspension of assessments, please visit NYSED Memo

    Remember, it is especially important for people throughout the community to follow guidelines of safe health practice including social distancing to limit the spread of Coronavirus. Doing so will help us get through this together. We wish you all well.

    Stay home and be safe,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD


    Update: Wednesday, March 26, 2020 Childcare for Families of First Responders ad HealthCare Providers

    We are writing to you about childcare resources that are available to the families of first responders and healthcare providers. You can find those resources on our website and are available to those children who are four years old. In addition, I wanted to also make you aware of child care resources for younger children of essential workers. We understand that these are challenging and stressful times for everyone and want to inform you as we receive information from our government agencies. We will continue to post information on our website as well.

    Please note that there are currently 182 licensed and registered child care programs open and available to serve children under age 5 in Nassau County. As of March 25, 2020, the following number of vacancies for children under age 5 in these programs exist:

    • 343 slots for infants
    • 668 slots for toddlers
    • 902 slots for preschoolers

    Any essential workers needing childcare in Nassau County can call (516) 727-0331 to be connected with a referral specialist who will identify available child care programs that meet each parent’s needs.

    Please be well, and I'll be checking in again soon.

     

    Stay home and be safe, 

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD


    Update March 24, 2020

    Dear Westbury Learning Community:

    We continue to navigate through these very difficult times together working tirelessly to ensure our Community is safe and healthy.  This past weekend, we informed you that we will be re-engaging in teaching and learning this Wednesday, March 25, 2020 with detailed information about the picking up and accessing student assignments by each individual school. In light of the situation that continues to develop, we have planned for two other ways that the student assignments can be accessed and/or picked up: 

    1. K-5 assignment packets have been posted on our district’s website at www.westburyschools.org just click on your school and grade level (preferred option)
    2. K-5 grade level assignment packets will be available at the meal pick up locations, Park Avenue and Westbury Middle School between 8am-12pm this Wednesday through Friday.

    We will also continue engaging our learners through Google Classroom, a digital space for learning. To access this space, you will need a USERname and PASSWORD.  

    To request your Google Classroom information, please use the following options:

    1. Go to our website and complete a Google Form, or 
    2. call our hotline 516-874-1900 and leave a message  or 
    3. email your request to: techsupport@westburyschools.org.

    Please know that all the information shared during this call has been posted.

    Please expect communication from your teacher in regards to next steps as we fully engage in digital learning classrooms.  We look forward to working with our scholars and appreciate your patience and cooperation. Please be well and stay safe. 

    Sincerely,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD


    Update: March 20, 2020

    Dear Westbury Community and Staff Members:

    We were notified earlier today by an employee of the District, who works in the District’s Administration Building (the “White House”), was diagnosed with Covid-19 (the coronavirus). To date, the District has not received confirmation of this report by the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH). Nevertheless, we are reaching out to each of the staff members located in the Administration Building to discuss the current situation. The District Administration building, as most of you know, is a location that most of the District’s students, parents and employees do not visit on a routine basis. Additionally, the employee has not been present on any District property for at least one week. However, out of an abundance of precaution, we closed the Administration Building and have arranged to have it cleaned and disinfected by an outside company on Monday, March 23, 2020.

    From the start of this health crisis several weeks ago, the District has been operating with a heightened schedule of cleaning and disinfecting of all our school facilities by our custodial staff. While we have no reason to believe that any of our school buildings or other facilities have been impacted by the situation at our Administration Building, we have, nonetheless, arranged to have an outside company clean and disinfect all of our District buildings over the weekend. Going forward, we want to assure you that the procedures and practices we follow will remain consistent with all mandates issued for New York State school districts as well as the general workforce as issued by the Governor’s office, the Nassau County Department of Health and the NYS Education Department.

    We will continue to share any additional information with you as it develops. Please be assured that the continuity of education for all our students during the period of time our schools remain closed to students is our priority. Tomorrow we will be providing you with information about the implementation of our distance learning plans. We thank you for your continued understanding and patience during these unprecedented times.

    Sincerely,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools

    Robert Troiano Jr., Board of Education President


    Update: March 16, 2020

    Dear Westbury Learning Community,


    Today, as you may be aware, our County Executive, Laura Curran, made an executive order to close all Nassau County schools from March 16, 2020 to March 27, 2020 as a way of preventing the continued spread of COVID-19. Therefore, the district will be closed for the next two weeks for students.

    The first week off from March 16, 2020 to March 20, 2020 will be in place of our scheduled April Spring Recess and we will advise you of further developments this week. 

    We will continue to assess this situation throughout this time in collaboration with the New York State Education Department and the Nassau County Department of Health. During our closure of schools, we will continue to extensively clean all of our facilities.


    The district will continue to keep you informed of the rapidly changing situation through all our different communication sources, including our COVID-19 webpage on our District Website which will be updated on a consistent basis.

     

    We understand the challenges that school closures pose on our Westbury School Community. We appreciate your understanding as we all navigate through difficult times and make the necessary adjustments to ensure the health and safety of our community.

    The Westbury UFSD will continue to act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and well-being. Please stay safe!

    Sincerely,

    Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD


    UPDATE: March 11, 2020 

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Due to the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, the District has reached out to the New York State Education Department, as well as the New York State Department of Health, for guidance in dealing with this serious health issue.  Both agencies recommend school districts prepare a contingency plan to continue instruction for students, should the need arise to close our schools for either a short-term or long-term period.

    As you may have noticed on the original printed district calendar, on Friday, March 13, 2020 students are scheduled for a half-day, while staff are scheduled to participate in a Superintendent’s Conference in the afternoon.  However, based on the recommendations from NYSED and the NYSDOH, the District will be changing the half-day of professional development on Friday, March 13, 2020, to a full-day of professional development.  We plan to use the extra time to work with the staff to create contingency plans so we can be proactive should there be a need to close the schools.  Although the staff will be working for the full-day, students should not report to school on Friday.

    The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is always our top priority.  We thank you for your understanding and support, and will continue to provide up-to-date information to the community as it is received.   


    UPDATE March 9, 2020

    This morning, the Westbury School District was informed that a family within the district is under mandatory quarantine after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The district is working with the Nassau County Department of Health to discuss the full extent of precautions that we should be taking. Over this past weekend, the Westbury School District thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each room of each district building as a proactive measure. Based on our discussions with the Nassau County Department of Health, they have not advised us to close schools and will continue to monitor the family and provide updated information during the time of quarantine.

    It is important to note that the impacted family is not currently exhibiting any symptoms and their mandatory quarantine is a precautionary initiative to maintain health and safety in the community.

    We recognize that this news will be concerning to many of our students and families. Should you have any questions about the district's health protocols and procedures, please contact my office at 516-876-5016. We ask that medical questions be directed to your family doctor/healthcare provider.

    The district is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in Nassau County, and will continue to follow guidance from local, state and federal health officials. We are committed to providing our community with as much information as possible, as quickly as possible, once it becomes available. We will also continue to provide you with updates regarding the district’s plans as circumstances throughout the region evolve.

    Please know that the district has been and will continue to properly cleanse and sanitize each building, including classroom desks, keyboards, and other communal areas. Again, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends following precautionary practices that mirror basic flu-prevention to minimize the spread of COVID-19. These include:

      • Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds or more
      • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or use a tissue, not directly into your hands
      • Avoid touching your face
      • Avoid close contact with others who are sick or showing symptoms of illness
      • Stay home if you are feeling sick and contact your physician's office

      The health and safety of our students, staff and community are the Westbury School District’s foremost priority.  Please stay tuned for more updates from the district.

        P.S. For more updates and additional information regarding health protocols and COVID-19, community members are encouraged to refer to the following:

      • NYS Department of Health: www.health.ny.gov
      • CDC (Centers for Disease Control): www.cdc.gov
      • Nassau County Health Department: www.nassaucountyny.gov
      • World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int
      • NYS Department of Health Hotline: 1-888-364-3065

      UPDATE: February 28, 2020

      Dear Parents and/or Guardians:


      I have just returned from a meeting with the Nassau County Commissioner of Health, Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, to review guidelines for responding to the growing concerns about the Coronavirus. The good news is that there are still no confirmed cases in the State of New York. However, the Nassau County Department of Health, in a proactive measure, is implementing the February 2, 2020, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines of a 14-day voluntary quarantine for all travelers from mainland China.

      This means that anyone entering the country from mainland China will be monitored over that period. Schools will be informed of this quarantine, as well as any occurrences of the Coronavirus. 

      The Commissioner has also assured us that there is no reason for us to change any of our activities; however, we should be implementing prudent practices to promote a healthy environment. The District has installed additional hand sanitizers throughout our buildings and employed additional cleaning measures to support these best practices.

      Since this is the height of the flu season, I encourage you to use the following preventative guidelines offered by the CDC:
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Stay home when you are sick.
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

       

      New York State has established a Q&A Coronavirus line, 1-888-364-3065, which you may use as a resource. If your child is exhibiting flu symptoms, such as a fever and a cough, we ask that you keep your child at home and call your medical doctor.


      We will continue to keep you updated as soon as more information is communicated to us. The health and safety of our community remains our highest priority and collectively we can work to ensure this goal.


      Sincerely,
      Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools, Westbury UFSD

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  • COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATED INFORMATION 

     

    COVID-19 UPDATE March 11, 2020 

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

     

    Due to the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, the District has reached out to the New York State Education Department, as well as the New York State Department of Health, for guidance in dealing with this serious health issue.  Both agencies recommend school districts prepare a contingency plan to continue instruction for students, should the need arise to close our schools for either a short-term or long-term period. 

     

    As you may have noticed on the original printed district calendar, on Friday, March 13, 2020 students are scheduled for a half-day, while staff are scheduled to participate in a Superintendent’s Conference in the afternoon.  However, based on the recommendations from NYSED and the NYSDOH, the District will be changing the half-day of professional development on Friday, March 13, 2020, to a full-day of professional development.  We plan to use the extra time to work with the staff to create contingency plans so we can be proactive should there be a need to close the schools.  Although the staff will be working for the full-day, students should not report to school on Friday

     

    The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is always our top priority.  We thank you for your understanding and support, and will continue to provide up-to-date information to the community as it is received.   

     

    COVID -19 UPDATE March 9, 2020

    This morning, the Westbury School District was informed that a family within the district is under mandatory quarantine after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The district is working with the Nassau County Department of Health to discuss the full extent of precautions that we should be taking. Over this past weekend, the Westbury School District thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each room of each district building as a proactive measure. Based on our discussions with the Nassau County Department of Health, they have not advised us to close schools and will continue to monitor the family and provide updated information during the time of quarantine. 

    It is important to note that the impacted family is not currently exhibiting any symptoms and their mandatory quarantine is a precautionary initiative to maintain health and safety in the community.

    We recognize that this news will be concerning to many of our students and families. Should you have any questions about the district's health protocols and procedures, please contact my office at 516-876-5016. We ask that medical questions be directed to your family doctor/healthcare provider.

    The district is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in Nassau County, and will continue to follow guidance from local, state and federal health officials. We are committed to providing our community with as much information as possible, as quickly as possible, once it becomes available. We will also continue to provide you with updates regarding the district’s plans as circumstances throughout the region evolve.

     

    Please know that the district has been and will continue to properly cleanse and sanitize each building, including classroom desks, keyboards, and other communal areas. Again, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends following precautionary practices that mirror basic flu-prevention to minimize the spread of COVID-19. These include:

    • Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds or more
    • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or use a tissue, not directly into your hands
    • Avoid touching your face
    • Avoid close contact with others who are sick or showing symptoms of illness
    • Stay home if you are feeling sick and contact your physician's office

     

    The health and safety of our students, staff and community are the Westbury School District’s foremost priority.  Please stay tuned for more updates from the district.

      

    P.S. For more updates and additional information regarding health protocols and COVID-19, community members are encouraged to refer to the following:

    • NYS Department of Health: www.health.ny.gov
    • CDC (Centers for Disease Control): www.cdc.gov
    • Nassau County Health Department: www.nassaucountyny.gov
    • World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int
    • NYS Department of Health Hotline: 1-888-364-3065

     

    COVID-19 UPDATE February 28, 2020

    Dear Parents and/or Guardians:
    I have just returned from a meeting with the Nassau County Commissioner of Health, Dr. Lawrence
    Eisenstein, to review guidelines for responding to the growing concerns about the Coronavirus. The
    good news is that there are still no confirmed cases in the State of New York. However, the Nassau
    County Department of Health, in a proactive measure, is implementing the February 2, 2020,
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines of a 14-day voluntary quarantine for all
    travelers from mainland China.
    This means that anyone entering the country from mainland China will be monitored over that
    period. Schools will be informed of this quarantine, as well as any occurrences of the Coronavirus.
    The Commissioner has also assured us that there is no reason for us to change any of our activities;
    however, we should be implementing prudent practices to promote a healthy environment.
    The District has installed additional hand sanitizers throughout our buildings and employed
    additional cleaning measures to support these best practices.

    Since this is the height of the flu season, I encourage you to use the following preventative guidelines offered by the CDC:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are
    not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

     

    New York State has established a Q&A Coronavirus line, 1-888-364-3065, which you may use as a
    resource. If your child is exhibiting flu symptoms, such as a fever and a cough, we ask that you keep
    your child at home and call your medical doctor.
    We will continue to keep you updated as soon as more information is communicated to us. The health
    and safety of our community remains our highest priority and collectively we can work to ensure this
    goal.
    Sincerely,
    Eudes S. Budhai
    Superintendent of Schools