Letter to the Community July 31, 2020

Dear West Hempstead Community,
I hope this letter finds you and your families healthy and safe. I also hope you have found time to enjoy the summer.
I have submitted our reopening plan to the New York State Education Department and the Department of Health. As well, the plan is posted on our website. Please check the website regularly as we will have updates on a dedicated “Coronavirus” page.
The number of people involved in creating this plan, formally and informally, is voluminous, and I want to thank them all. Both on a personal and professional level, I want to thank them for their time, insights, and forward-thinking ideas. We will embark on a new journey. We will create a new normal. This pandemic has created loss both in and out of our #RamFam. We should not forget those we have lost, and the best way to honor them is to create new opportunities for our students/children to succeed and fulfill their potential.
The 2020-21 school year will be our time to recover, rebuild, and renew the spirit of the West Hempstead UFSD and community. Working together, educators, students, parents, and community members will continue to address this challenge with #RamResolve. 
#RamResolve. People may assume that it is just about being physically steadfast. It is in part, but it is also about having anything you want if you are willing to work for it. It is about the willingness to take care of yourself physically, as well as the need to read, write, and think critically daily. It is about creating physical and mental sweat. Producing it and capitalizing on it. It is about the willingness to engage in thoughtful debate and making a stand for the principles in which you believe. #RamResolve is about bringing your best forward each day to the hallways and classrooms in our five buildings (or virtually if need be). It is not about where you start, but where you end. More importantly, it is about the journey and your willingness not to avoid the obstacles but realize the obstacle is the way. It is about no limits and no excuses. 
I will continue to update you as the summer progresses as well as throughout the school year. On behalf of the Board of Education and staff, I thank you for your belief in us and our school system.

Dan Rehman
Superintendent of Schools