With cancellations and postponements of large public gatherings being announced by the hour, there has been considerable speculation that all of New York State’s colleges would close their doors in the near future in response to the COVID-19 crisis. For now, the State University of New York at New Paltz is aiming for the middle ground: extending spring break by a week, encouraging students to go home if they can and teaching all courses remotely after the break, but not shutting down campus entirely.
Officials in the Kingston City School District are closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus and hoping to reassure faculty, parents and students that they’re doing everything possible to prepare for the possibility of the virus reaching the district.
Students who participated in a previous climate-change strike had their absences excused, but future absences won’t be.
Saugerties schools superintendent Kirk Reinhardt said that he’s cautiously optimistic and confident about the district’s ability to handle a possible coronavirus outbreak.
Bard College will hold its 160th commencement on Saturday, May 23. A total of 445 undergraduate and 163 graduate degrees will be
With numbers of patients affected by COVID-19, the currently rampant coronavirus, mounting daily around the globe, SUNY New Paltz has recalled five students studying abroad: three in Italy, one in South Korea and one in Japan. “We’re working with the SUNY system to bring them home,” said the college’s director of communication, Melissa Kaczmarek.
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.”
The concept of restorative justice is that, by empowering people to work through challenges together, problems can be resolved in a less punitive manner that results in fewer issues overall. In theory, successfully implementing restorative justice in the schools would mean fewer suspensions (in school or out), fewer referrals to administrators, fewer fights and conflicts and less time spent in detention. The primary practices involve securing consent and agreement from all participants (adult and child alike) in processes that involve “circles” in which all voices are heard.
At their February 19 meeting, New Paltz School Board trustees appointed Dominick Profaci to replace Kathy Preston, who resigned suddenly prior to the February 5 meeting. Profaci, a former trustee, will serve until the school board election on May 19 when the highest vote-getter among candidates will be immediately seated in his stead.
Saugerties school officials have been working on the preliminary district budget for the 2020-21 school year. It’s the first spending plan assembled by superintendent Kirk Reinhardt and business manager Jane St. Amour, both new to the district within the past year.