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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.

Saugerties schools to begin in-person instruction two days a week

Saugerties schools to begin in-person instruction two days a week

Students have been broken into two cohorts, alphabetically by last name. Children in the same household with different surnames are assigned the same cohort. Starting Monday, October 5, Cohort 1, students with last names beginning with the letters A-K, will attend school on Mondays and Thursdays. Cohort 2 will consist of students with last names beginning with the letters L-Z and they will attend on Tuesdays and Fridays. Learning will be 100 percent remote for all students on Wednesdays.

Ulster exec announces plan to support school reopening

Ulster exec announces plan to support school reopening

The five-part plan will focus on setting guidelines for proper screening and testing processes, investigating positive cases through contact tracing, offering support for school-specific isolation plans, establishing a communication plan between the county and individual school districts, and providing protection for students and faculty.

Local school districts opt to begin year with remote learning

Local school districts opt to begin year with remote learning

The reasons given were varied. All centered on concerns for safety. Some districts reported supply-chain issues with various PPE (personal protective equipment) or cleaning supplies. Some said remote learning would provide the time for more training of teachers and other staff. More time in an ever-evolving pandemic is something in short supply.

Cuomo gives school districts the green light to reopen in September

Cuomo gives school districts the green light to reopen in September

Governor Andrew Cuomo last week announced that school districts in every region of New York State will be allowed to reopen this fall using the plans they themselves submitted to the state for review. At least one local school district, New Paltz, has already decided that it is not yet ready to welcome students back in person, citing concerns for community safety.