Education

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 schools plan for reopening amid uncertainty

Local schools plan for reopening amid uncertainty

With students set to return in early September or earlier, districts have been tasked with devising plans using state guidelines for opening in-person, remotely, or a combination of the two. Districts are required to submit their plans by July 31, and governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce the following week whether schools will reopen in the fall.

Highland students bring racism grievances to school board

Highland students bring racism grievances to school board

Throughout the student-provided testimonials, there are common threads of racial slurs being thrown casually and without disciplinary measures following. Not just the wearing of the Confederate flag on clothing, hats and jackets as well as cars, but also a dearth of information on black and Latinx history and heritage, and the absence of people of color in such roles as educators, administrators and coaches.

New Paltz no place for hate

New Paltz no place for hate

The New Paltz High School and New Paltz Middle School have joined 1600 schools across the country who have met the requirements of the AntiDefamation League’s No Place for Hate® program. In accordance with the school district’s initiatives on racial equity and the New York State Education Department’s continuum of well-being, both schools have been officially designated as “no places for hate” schools. 

SUNY New Paltz to offer mix of in-person classes, remote-learning this fall

SUNY New Paltz to offer mix of in-person classes, remote-learning this fall

There will be on-campus instruction and housing at SUNY New Paltz come the fall, but the amount of both will be reduced, and the length of the semester shortened, to accommodate life during a pandemic. The bulk of classes will continue to be taught remotely. Campus officials released the plan yesterday, with the caveat that all of it is subject to change with the circumstances. That warning is reinforced by a “pause and pivot” plan to shift back to fully remote learning if state officials deem that necessary.