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Trickling back: Local school districts take different approaches to in-person instruction

Trickling back: Local school districts take different approaches to in-person instruction

While the Saugerties and Onteora school districts recently welcomed students back into the classroom in hybrid educational models, the Kingston and New Paltz districts were inching closer to putting their own plans into action. Each district is finding it has its own set of unique challenges. Though all are developing safety and cleaning protocols based on Covid-19 state guidance, they are finding no one-size-fits-all solution.

Section 9 postpones fall 2020 high school sports until March 2021

Section 9 postpones fall 2020 high school sports until March 2021

Section 9 voted today to delay the start of fall sports until March 1, 2021. This came off the heels of the New York State Public School Athletic Administration’s (NYSPSAA) decision to postpone all “high risk” fall sports, including football, cheerleading and volleyball until March 1. Section 9 took matters a step further and pushed all fall sports, even “low risk” athletics like soccer, girls’ field hockey, swimming and tennis to March 1.

New Paltz schools, families adapt to learning at home

New Paltz schools, families adapt to learning at home

Now that learning from home has become the norm at many times and in many places, communities are engaged in adapting their institutions to work more cooperatively with that new educational reality. That means new relationships, new tools and new patterns of behavior. And making some hard decisions.

Fate of high school sports to be decided this week

Fate of high school sports to be decided this week

This Thursday, September 10, the fate of high-school fall sports will be decided by the Section IX Athletic Council, which is slated to meet via Zoom. Although governor Andrew Cuomo gave the green light for fall varsity sports to begin practice on September 21 – with “low-risk” sports like cross-country running, soccer and girls’ swimming able to compete within their region and “high-risk” sports like football, cheerleading and volleyball limited solely to practice with no scrimmages or games – the state provided very little guidance, leaving each district and section to make its own determinations.

New Paltz considers hiring substance abuse counselor

New Paltz considers hiring substance abuse counselor

The New Paltz School Board would like a full-time substance abuse counselor in the district, but the proposal they’re reviewing could be a tough sell when finances are so uncertain. Superintendent Angela Urbina-Medina thought that $75,000 would allow the district to contract for a full-time substance abuse counselor through Step One. That’s $15,000 more than was budgeted for the position. Having presented the facts,  Urbina-Medina awaited a board decision on how to proceed.

SUNY Chancellor Malatras announces new grant and internship program

SUNY Chancellor Malatras announces new grant and internship program

New SUNY chancellor Jim Malatras toured SUNY New Paltz last week, accompanied by Ulster County executive Pat Ryan and SUNY New Paltz president Donald P. Christian. He announcing the new SUNY Prepare Innovation and Internship Program, designed to accelerate the production of personal protective equipment through new innovation and technologies at SUNY colleges and universities statewide.