The Onteora Central School District began delivering meals on March 18 and will continue to do so on Mondays and Wednesdays to district households with students that elected to receive nutritional support during the mandated school closure that began March 16, in an effort to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Households with children under 18 can receive food deliveries by filling out a form online. Educational materials will be up and ready by Monday, March 16. And Spectrum has offered free broadband for students without it.
“I hope I’m wrong,” Martha Frankel said about her decision to cancel the Woodstock Bookfest. “I hope in two weeks people think I’m a complete schmuck. That would be okay with me. I don’t want to be right about this. I just didn’t want to take a chance on anyone’s health.”
The Onteora school district is closely monitoring what’s happening with the novel coronavirus. In a second coronavirus-information letter sent home to parents on February 28, school-district superintendent Victoria McLaren said the county health department would notify the school district if any cases of Covid 19 were diagnosed and would “provide us with specific direction, which we will follow.”
Concern for “the little ones” echoed off cafeteria walls on the evening of February 20 at the Onteora Central School District’s public forum on changing the starting school times of older students, a move that would make primary school students come in later.
“Here’s how the conversation usually goes,” explains Emily Sherry, CEO of The Table at Woodstock, her nascent no-cost prepared food program accessed via the side door closest to the parking lot of the Woodstock Reformed Church on the Village Green. “You’re doing 1,000 meals a month? Where are you bringing all these people from — Saugerties? Kingston?”
At their January 21 meeting, school board members heard from consultant Dr. Kevin Baughman of five potential scenarios to deal with concerns.
Wichita 2 Woodstock (W2W) is a new, web-based, social practice project. Drawing on the populations of Wichita, Kansas, and Woodstock, the project engages people from both sides of the political divide in an asynchronous question-and-answer dialogue using a video camera to record, and the internet to broadcast, the results.