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Wyandanch UFSD Welcomes Back Students for In-Person Learning

On Sept. 14, the Wyandanch Union Free School District reopened its doors to students, teachers and staff for the first time since March due to the global coronavirus pandemic. With strict social distancing protocols, masks worn by all and sanitization stations throughout the district’s four schools, students safely entered the 2020-2021 school year with excitement for a unique academic journey.

As Wyandanch Memorial High School students were dropped off by parents and school busses, Principal Paul Sibblies reminded everyone to practice social distancing at all times, be mindful of their schedules and to enjoy their first day back to school. Teachers in the Milton L. Olive Middle School were buzzing with anticipation for the year to begin as students had their temperatures checked and then proceeded to safely and happily enter the building.

At Lafrancis Hardiman and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary Schools, kindergartners to fourth graders were warmly welcomed by their teachers who were quick to help put away backpacks and school supplies. Teachers then took a moment to review safety guidelines and their first day of learning was underway. At the Lafrancis Hardiman Annex, pre-K and kindergarten classes started with cheerful and helpful staff members who showed students how to practice social distancing in a fun and safe way by following markers along the floor and doorways.

Safety of students and staff was the top priority for Superintendent Dr. Gina Talbert as she welcomed students on Monday by visiting all of the district’s schools to ensure guidelines were being followed and the morning was running as scheduled. 

            “We have planned and prepared our staff and students for a safe school year with their education, health and emotional well-being as our main focus,” said Talbert.  “Our buildings are equipped with cleaning stations, signage reminding everyone to social distance and all staff and students are required to have temperature checks upon entry. Masks must be worn at all times and our maintenance staff will thoroughly sanitize the buildings regularly with an emphasis on our classrooms.”

            The district is excited for the 2020-21 school year and looks forward to continue bringing a quality educational experience to all students, while keeping them safe and well during these challenging times.


Wyandanch Memorial High School students exited their school bus and were directed to different building entrances by Principal Paul Sibblies.

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Wyandanch Memorial High Schoolers practiced social distancing while walking to their first class of the new school year.

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Students entering the Milton L. Olive Middle School were directed to the temperature scanning stations prior to beginning their school day.

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Milton L. Olive Middle School students practiced social distancing while waiting to enter the building.

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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gina Talbert greeted a student from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.

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Students arrived at the Lafrancis Hardiman Annex for the first day of school.

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Lafrancis Hardiman Annex teachers showed kindergarteners how to properly social distance while walking in school hallways.

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