The Sag Harbor School District announced at just over 7 p.m. on Wednesday night that it would close for classes at the elementary and high school for the next 10 days.
The closure, according to a letter from district officials, is in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
The closure affects not only all programming in the district, including before and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions as well as weekend and community events in school district buildings
“While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our schools, in an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our school community, effective tomorrow Thursday, March 12, Sag Harbor Schools will be closed for students through Sunday, March 22,” wrote Superintendent Eleanor Tritt, Pierson High School Principal Jeff Nichols, Pierson Middle School Principal Brittany Carriero and Sag Harbor Elementary School Principal Matt Malone in a join letter. “Future decisions regarding school closures will continue to be based on protecting the health and safety of our school community.”
According to the letter, faculty and staff will report to school on both Thursday, March 12 and on Friday, March 13. “During these two days, they will further develop learning opportunities for students to access while school is not in session,” reads the letter.
“We understand and empathize with the significant burden this may place on our families and their own daily schedules. However, this decision has been made with what we believe is in the best interest of the health and safety of our school population and community,” it continues. “In this fast-evolving situation, we know you will have many questions. We will continue to provide additional information as soon as we are able. Pertinent information will be emailed and posted on the district website.”