Sag Harbor School District Cancels Planned Spring Break Per Governor’s Order

Pierson Middle-High School.

The Sag Harbor School District will not take a spring recess April 6 through April 10, although Interim Superintendent Jeff Nichols said in an email to families on Friday that the district did understand some families did need “some time to relax and recharge” and that the district would focus that week’s remote learning programming on review and fun activities for students.

The Sag Harbor School Board of Education met on Thursday evening to discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order issued earlier this week calling on school districts throughout the state to remain open through April 15 for both instruction and to provide meal services to families in need.

On Friday, Mr. Nichols informed families that the Sag Harbor School District would adhere to Governor Cuomo’s executive order that “Districts must continue to provide remote instruction for students, meals eligible for the free and reduced lunch program and child care for healthcare workers and first responders every weekday between April 1 and April 14, even if the district is scheduled to be on spring break during that time.”

“The last few weeks have been a challenge for us all. While we will continue our Remote Learning from April 6th through April 10th, we do acknowledge that some children and families may need to pause and find some time to relax and recharge,” said Mr. Nichols in his message to parents. “Families also may have plans for the upcoming Passover or Easter holidays and we support all who may choose to celebrate. Our faculty and staff will be presenting learning opportunities that allow students to review and catch up on assignments, as well as engage in some fun activities.”

According to Mr. Nichol’s letter, the school district will move into the next phase of its remote learning plan on Monday, April 13.

“In a thoughtful and measured way, the faculty and staff have been collaborating to provide more daily structure, support the delivery of new material, and increase the guidance and support our teachers provide,” writes Mr. Nichols. “Specific information about these enhancements to our Remote Learning Plan will be shared with you next week by your child’s building principal and teachers.”