Miller Place, New York (September 2020)—The Miller Place School District (MPSD) officially welcomed its students back for the 2020-21 school year, both in-person and virtually.
At the elementary level, Andrew Muller Primary School (AMPS) and Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School (LADSBS) students are back for in-person instruction. At the secondary level, North Country Road Middle School (NCRMS) and Miller Place High School (MPHS) students have been divided into two groups, Cohort 1 and Cohort 2, each rotating into school on a day while the other participates in remote learning at home.
At AMPS, students had their backpacks and masks on and were eager to head into the building for the year ahead. Adhering to District protocols, students arrived at school and had their temperatures taken prior to entering the building for the day. After they received the approval to proceed, they headed to their new classrooms that feature sneeze guards and desks that are socially distanced.
At LADSBS, students were greeted by Principal Herschaft, who was sporting a Panthers facemask, during morning arrival. Later in the day, Mr. Brian Mas’ fourth grade students socially distanced outside as they completed one of their first independent assignments.
At NCRMS, Principal Clark checked in with students during their lunch period to discuss how their first week back to school was going. The conversation focused on an overview of the middle school’s academic and social philosophies, reintroducing support staff, and helping students become more acquainted with new protocols and procedures like mandatory mask wearing at all times with the exception of lunch and mask breaks.
At MPHS, students in Ms. Isenberg’s concert band class established this year’s routines and expectations while adhering to the recommended 12 ft. social distancing for music practice. In Mr. Fank’s fourth-period virtual enterprise class, students got right to business and worked on their college research assignment that will be used to interview for their virtual company later in the month.