Fishers Island School: Reopening Plan 2020-2021

September 1, 2020
Newsday: Fishers Island was the first of all Long Island public school districts to welcome back its students — [almost] 70 in grades K-12 — on Tuesday.

August 27, 2020
Letter: FIS Reopening COVID-19 Testing Protocols 

August 11, 2020
Dear Fishers Island Community:

I hope that this finds everyone well.  At the August 10th Board of Education Special Meeting, the Fishers Island Board of Education approved a full in-person approach to learning to begin the 2020-2021 school year.  Fishers Island School will open the school year as outlined in our reopening plan which has been formally approved by the New York State Department of Education and New York State Department of Health. Our Reopen Plan, available below, and viewable to all on our school website

We will continue to reassess the decision to return to in-person instruction throughout the school year.  We will examine health metrics and guidance from health officials as well as the information we receive from state officials. It is crucial that students, parents, staff, and community members reach out whenever they feel an aspect of our plan needs to be reviewed.  If at any point, we feel that we cannot carry out an aspect of our plan, we will not hesitate to pivot towards hybrid or digital learning to ensure safety.

In order to facilitate ongoing conversation and encourage feedback, we have scheduled three more community meetings to provide timely updates and answer questions before the start of the school year on September 1st. Please join us live or watch the recording of the following meetings:

Fishers Island School
invites you to the zoom
Community-Wide Forum
on the
Reopening of School

Wednesday, August 12th at 3:30 pm Recording
Saturday, August 15th at 11:30 am Recording
Wednesday, August 19th at 12:00 pm Recording
Tuesday, August 25th at 3:30 pm Recording
All meetings are accessible (live and recorded versions) through a zoom link on the top of our school website.

Our top priority will always be to ensure the health and safety, social and emotional well-being, and the instructional and academic needs of both our students and staff. I am confident that we have the necessary ingredients to make this happen and have a successful and safe school year for our kids.  I am entirely grateful for the work of our staff, our parents, and our community which allows us to continue to provide the very best in education.

Please feel free to reach out if there is anything I can do to help support you or your family.

In your service,


Christian Arsenault
Fishers Island School

Cell: 631-357-4692 (call or text anytime)
Home: 631-788-7073

 View in full screen mode to review by clicking the brackets [  ] in the lower right corner. As of July 31, 2020

FIS Reopening Plan as of 31JUL20 Printable PDF


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