The spring semester at SUNY New Paltz will be similar to fall, offering a mix of in-person, hybrid and fully online classes, with testing and quarantine required for students and faculty before entering campus. While not much has changed in that regard, the grind of pandemic-related restrictions seems to be taking its toll on students. Citing the distractions of world events, less engaging nature of remote learning, and lack of in-person clubs and socialization, many are altering their plans. Some have decided to plan for an earlier graduation, others have had to switch to a part-time schedule and others dropped out completely.
As we approach a full school year disrupted by the virus, the grind of shifting schedules and remote learning seems to be taking its toll on local students and parents. Kingston, which has been fully remote since early December, had planned to resume hybrid instruction this week, but instead opted to push that date back to January 19.
Plans remained in place to shift from fully remote to hybrid learning in the district effective January 19, although the superintendent is prepared to change that as conditions warrant.
A crew of Ulster Boces students from the Saugerties School District are “paying it forward” by helping build a home for a family of five through Habitat for Humanity (Ulster Habitat), a nonprofit organization that recruits volunteers to build affordable homes for those in need.
More than 160 students and parents logged onto the December 22 Onteora School Board videoconference to voice support for district athletic director Kim Pilla, who was placed on paid administrative leave through January 15. The participants waited for about 90 minutes while district staff struggled through a variety of issues.
2020 was a difficult year for local school districts and the communities they serve, with the pandemic causing a seismic shift in the school experience. While we’re not quite halfway through this academic year, local superintendents were asked to look ahead as the calendar changes from 2020 to 2021. We interviewed four superintendents.
The SUNY system has approved a spring 2021 academic continuity plan for SUNY New Paltz. The approved plan can be
In June of this year, an unnamed man, “John Doe,” sued William Dederick, a retired Kingston biology teacher and administrator, alleging Dederick sexually abused him while he was a student at Kingston High School in the 1980s. Earlier this month, according to court filings, a second individual joined the suit. The school district was also named as a defendant.
Students in the New Paltz School District head into winter break this week, and those in the hybrid learning model won’t return to the classroom until at least January 19. School officials and the school board last week agreed that students will be fully remote learning from Monday, January 4 until Tuesday, January 19, the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in order to prevent the likelihood of a holiday-based continuation of the post-Thanksgiving infection spike.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like the holidays in the culinary arts kitchen at Ulster BOCES. The aspiring