Dear Parents,

I realize that the reports about Hurricane Joaquin create a heightened level of concern for all of us. The District is monitoring the National Weather Service’s storm updates and paying close attention to guidance and daily situation briefings from the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). We take official weather reports very seriously. However, we are wary of the media’s propensity to exaggerate storm circumstances, and therefore we will continue to use official weather bulletins as the most reliable source of information.

Please be assured that we have already begun taking preventative measures to safeguard our facilities and equipment. Prior storms have taught us to be prepared for the worst. We will continue to work with county and local officials as necessary.  

Our professional staff has been advised to be especially observant of signs of stress among students and to provide them with appropriate support. Following Superstorm Sandy, we worked closely with North Shore-LIJ’s Project COAST, which provided stress management and coping strategies to district employees, students and families. Staff members received training in these techniques and will utilize them as needed.

We will share additional information as we receive it. Please continue to follow the links below, which provide news and precautionary recommendations for you and your families, in order to stay well informed.

National Hurricane Center:  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
PSEG Long Island: www.psegliny.com
City of Long Beach: www.longbeachny.gov
Town of Hempstead: www.toh.li