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August 13, 2020
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August 2020

LIAC remains open and ready to serve families!

We can help! Reach us TODAY!

516-248-2222 ext. 10 (Nassau)  

631-234-0467 ext. 10 (Suffolk)

Visit us online at for valuable updated information, links to more in-depth guidance, or to fill out an online intake.            

El Long Island Advocacy Center brinda servicios y recursos en español. Por favor visite nuestro sitio web para más información.


New York State School Reopenings

On August 7, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that because of low infection rates in every region of New York State, all schools are permitted to open in September.  

Reopening for in-person learning vs. partial reopening (hybrid model) was determined locally by each school district.  School Districts were required to submit their reopening plans for in-person learning to Governor Cuomo’s office for review.  

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) will review district reopening plans and notify districts if their plans are acceptable.  NYSDOH guidance for reopening can be viewed here.

The New York State Education Department released a Q&A document in response to the NYSDOH reopening guidance. To read NYSED’s Q&A, please click here.

While each school district is responsible for creating their own reopening plan, there are certain requirements schools must include and address. These include, but are not limited to:

  • social distancing;
  • face Coverings;
  • if a student does not have a mask the district must provide one;
  • remote learning plans and testing/tracing plans for their communities must be posted on their websites;
  • plans must include instruction, Special Education, individual school schedules, technology and connectivity, transportation, nutrition, and health and safety; and
  • districts are required to host 3-5 virtual parent forums to discuss their reopening plans prior to August 21st.

Not all reopening plans will be the same- very few will be!



Nassau County school districts’ plans can be found here.  

Suffolk County school  districts’ plans can be found here.  

These plans are under review and LIAC will continue to monitor and provide updated information as final reopening protocols are released and implemented.

LIAC is working to expand how we can share information, resources, and ideas to parents and community members. We’re hosting a virtual panel and discussion next Tuesday, August 18th from 2:00-4:00pm. For more information, click the link below!

Virtual Panel and Discussion

PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

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Submit an Online Intake

Nassau County: 516-248-2222 x 10

Suffolk County: 631-234-0467 X 10

LIAC Archived Newsletters:

May 5, 2020

June 10, 2020

June 25, 2020

July 15, 2020

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July 29, 2020