SMITHTOWN, NY — Smithtown Central School District announced on Thursday that the district will close next week, Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22 as a preemptive measure during the novel coronavirus spread on Long Island. The district announced in a letter that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the school community but that they will close for the "health and safety of our students,their families, our staff, and the greater community at large." The that all activities and building use will be canceled during that time period as well.

"Only essential personnel, including custodians, maintenance, and assigned security staff, will report to work in order to maintain the integrity and security of our buildings. Cabinet Level District Office Administrators, Managerial Confidential Supervisors, and other identified personnel will also report in order to maintain essential administrative functions."

"If you have any questions, please email them to The District will send updates via email and on the district website."

Sag Harbor was the first Long Island public school to announce a preemptive closure; several other districts have closed after confirmed cases.

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