How LI schools weathered this pandemic year


‘We did it’: How LI students, teachers and staff came together during the pandemic

Students, who many people said would never wear masks, did. Teachers, who many people believe would never learn technology for distance learning, did. School staff, who had to take on additional tasks such as contact tracing and temperature checks, did so.

As Long Island’s 656 public schools, 476,000 students and 36,000 teachers end this tumultuous year, the prevailing sentiment was perhaps best captured by eighth-grader Ashley Benitez DelCid, who spoke at the event. of a passage ceremony in Freeport.

“We did it!” said Ashley, a student at JW Dodd Middle School. “We’ve had ups and downs throughout the year, but look where we are now. Ready to start a new chapter.”

The year has been filled with anxiety and confusion, with teachers learning new ways of teaching and students adopting new ways of learning. It has been a year of social distancing, self-isolation, disrupted learning, hand sanitizer, masked conversations, and trying to learn algebra on a computer at the kitchen table.

Look back at the year like no other.

A look back at this academic year marked by COVID-19

For students, parents and teachers on Long Island, this year has challenged virtually every aspect of the school experience.

Students like Merrick’s Samantha Mack had to watch teachers through screens – sometimes a computer screen in their bedroom, other times a plastic screen around their school desk. Teachers like Cordelia Anthony, a science teacher at Farmingdale High School, had to adapt to new learning protocols during the crisis. And parents like Ronkonkoma’s Jessica Leavey have had to weigh their children’s safety against the strong pull of wanting them in school.

In these essays, a teacher, parent, and student share their thoughts on the school year.

Delta variant linked to nearly a quarter of new COVID cases in New York

Nearly a quarter of all new COVID-19 cases in New York City are linked to the highly infectious and dangerous delta variant, the city’s health commissioner Dr Dave Chokshi said on Monday.

While the total number of cases in the city remains low – less than 180 per day over an average of seven days, according to statistics from New York – about 23% are from the mutated virus variant, Chokshi said.

“My main concern with the variant is the unvaccinated people,” Chokshi said during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily press briefing. “And, in some ways, based on what we’re seeing with the delta variant around the world and in New York City, now is perhaps the most dangerous time to stay unvaccinated due to the threat this variant poses. “

City health officials said the vaccine remained very effective against the variant.

More: New York City recorded the lowest number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic on Friday, state officials said.

The number of new positives reported today: 22 in Nassau, 30 in Suffolk, 156 in New York City and 290 statewide.

This map shows the concentration of new cases in Nassau and Suffolk.

Find a map of new cases and view graphs showing the latest local trends in vaccinations, tests, hospitalizations, deaths and more.

LI bar, restaurateurs react to suspension of take-out alcohol sales

The era of ordering a cocktail or take-out cocktail at a bar or restaurant is over in Long Island.

The state liquor board on Thursday forced restaurants and bars into another quick pivot when they announced, via a tweet, that take-out liquor sales would end the next day.

“Licensees should be advised that with the end of our state of emergency and the return to pre-pandemic guidelines, temporary pandemic privileges for take-out and alcoholic beverage delivery will end after the June 24, “the tweet read. Take-out beer sales are still allowed, as it was before the pandemic, according to an ALS spokesperson.

The take-out liquor sales were part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Order in Council of March 6, 2020, which declared an emergency. Over time, this helped lessen the financial shock the restrictions had on the restaurant and bar industry. Find out what Long Island bar and restaurant owners have to say in this story from Newsday’s Corin Hirsch.

More to know

Free Hampton Hopper shuttle service in Montauk will return this summer to the East End after being suspended last year during the pandemic.

Bruce Springsteen returned to Broadway this weekend, don a guitar and relaunch a show before most of the Broadway shows that return in September.

Port Washington launched a digital passport which offers deals to consumers, joining seven other downtown communities offering Downtown Deals travel passes to attract regional visitors.

The popular annual two-day festival “Polish City Fair and Festival” was canceled this year, but representatives from Riverhead Polish Hall said they plan to hold a temporary one-day event in August to celebrate the spirit of the festival.

News for you

Fun for the kids in your own garden. The pandemic has reminded people of how much fun we can have in our own backyards – and the toy industry has imagined more options to continue to enjoy time at home even as more and more attractions open. Here’s a list of 12 toys – some new and old favorites.

A guide to fireworks on LI. Start celebrating summer and July 4th by watching the fireworks around the island. Check out these venues and events for scheduled shows and attractions.

Cleaning is always important. And best practices and household cleaning products have changed over time. Here are some old cleaning rules you can start breaking.

More: Newsday reporters, photographers and multimedia journalists are across Nassau and Suffolk today to cover what a day in the life of Long Island looks like, especially now that things are opening up. To follow.

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COVID has changed their spiritual DNA. Reverend Sonia Trew-Wisdom, director of chaplaincy care and spiritual services at South Shore University Hospital, and Rabbi Simcha Silverman, director of spiritual services at Lenox Hill Hospital, write in a guest essay for Newsday: Right down to our spiritual DNA, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed us. All of us. As hospital chaplains, we can only characterize the spiritual toll of these experiences as enormous. Our job has always been to comfort patients and their families. But COVID has made the support and backing of our fellow physicians a responsibility, a necessity and a privilege.

We stood by the health workers as they experienced the loss and exhaustion that presented them with the most difficult challenges at work they have ever faced – notifying distant families of deaths, closing body bags and sometimes assisting. at memorial services for their own colleagues.

We offered renewal where we could.

“I didn’t used to pray,” said a nurse. “I’m not known to pray. But during the pandemic, I needed prayer.”

We have tried to create a space for reflection and peace. Keep reading.

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