Kingston’s school district recently adopted an anti-racism resolution geared toward “creating truly inclusive environments” for its students.
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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.
Kingston High School’s hopes of holding an in-person ceremony at the end of summer may have seemed far-fetched to some. But with New York State’s continued efforts to flatten the curve seemingly working, the school district is tentatively planning to hold a ceremony at Dietz Stadium on Friday, July 17.
While some were concerned that participation would be more muted than usual because of the pandemic, turnout increased significantly in local school districts. In addition to an increase in participation, local school districts also received greater support for their budgets than in 2019-20.
Voters in the Kingston City School District approved by a margin of 4,278-1,690 a $187,420,013 budget that maintains programs and extracurricular activities and doesn’t include reductions in staff. The spending plan represents an increase of 3.65 percent over the 2019-20 budget and includes a tax levy increase of $1.83 million, a 1.73 percent increase that is at the state cap for the district.
Given the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, numerous options that might be considered impractical or even bizarre under normal circumstances are at least under discussion, including postponing fall sports until spring. Flipping fall and spring sports is also a possibility, given there are fewer sports in the moderate- and higher-risk category played in the latter than the former.
Ulster Boces has recognized 408 Ulster County students who completed their trades’ technical endorsement requirements during 22 live senior tribute ceremonies held on June 10 via Zoom.
Later this month, local high-school seniors will close a key chapter of their academic lives in a much different fashion than they expected.
The Sutton house in Highland could be called the model home for education, circa 2020: Two teachers in different schools, two young children, one house. If anyone really gets the chaos, the contradictions, and the strange intimacies of education at this strange moment in history, it is the Suttons.
Part one: An interview with Gowri Parameswaran, chair, Department of Educational Studies and Leadership, SUNY New Paltz.