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Trickling back: Local school districts take different approaches to in-person instruction

Trickling back: Local school districts take different approaches to in-person instruction

While the Saugerties and Onteora school districts recently welcomed students back into the classroom in hybrid educational models, the Kingston and New Paltz districts were inching closer to putting their own plans into action. Each district is finding it has its own set of unique challenges. Though all are developing safety and cleaning protocols based on Covid-19 state guidance, they are finding no one-size-fits-all solution.

Local school districts opt to begin year with remote learning

Local school districts opt to begin year with remote learning

The reasons given were varied. All centered on concerns for safety. Some districts reported supply-chain issues with various PPE (personal protective equipment) or cleaning supplies. Some said remote learning would provide the time for more training of teachers and other staff. More time in an ever-evolving pandemic is something in short supply.

Discussions continue on the return of high-school sports in New York State

Discussions continue on the return of high-school sports in New York State

In July, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association pushed the start of its fall sports season back from August 24 to September 21 in response to the continuing pandemic. While New York governor Andrew Cuomo last week announced that school districts can reopen for in-person classes next month, nothing further has been decided about the start of fall sports. 

Cuomo gives school districts the green light to reopen in September

Cuomo gives school districts the green light to reopen in September

Governor Andrew Cuomo last week announced that school districts in every region of New York State will be allowed to reopen this fall using the plans they themselves submitted to the state for review. At least one local school district, New Paltz, has already decided that it is not yet ready to welcome students back in person, citing concerns for community safety. 

Kingston, Saugerties, Onteora and New Paltz school districts post reopening plans

Kingston, Saugerties, Onteora and New Paltz school districts post reopening plans

Certain preparations are universal. School districts share similar cleaning and disinfecting protocols, wearing masks and distancing rules. Most will offer transportation options to ensure safety both on the way to school and at the point of disembarkation. They will require daily screening for symptoms of Covid-19 or high temperatures, All districts have some idea of how they’ll handle an outbreak, including a plan for quarantine. And all are devising plans while simultaneously awaiting guidance from governor Andrew Cuomo, the state education department and local boards of health.

Local gyms hope to reopen soon, but still no date from the state 

Local gyms hope to reopen soon, but still no date from the state 

While fitness centers and yoga studios in neighboring states are reopening with restricted capacity and mandatory mask use, New York has so far kept the doors on these businesses closed. Locally, business owners are frustrated at being left out of the state’s phased reopening plans, with some signing on to a lawsuit filed earlier this month against New York, the state Attorney General’s office, and Governor Andrew Cuomo.