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.
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The average age of the district buildings is 69 years and problems have emerged over time. The district superintendent said taxes would be unaffected because debt payments for the last project, begun in 2005-6, are coming to an end in a couple years, and the new project would cost taxpayers the same amount per year.
After a month of fully remote learning, some local school districts have begun bringing elementary and secondary students back onto campus in hybrid educational models. Other districts, for a variety of reasons, have yet to make the transition. Those who are opening have enacted safety and cleaning protocols based on Covid-19 state guidance.
Members of this year’s senior class took part in a Saugerties tradition yesterday, dressing in Sawyer blue and driving in
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.
According to Melissa Kaczmarek, director of communications at SUNY New Paltz, the college learned on Wednesday, August 26 that an
Ulster BOCES plans to give school districts a day each week for hands-on lab classes, with the remainder of its offerings taught remotely.
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.
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.
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.