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 Onteora School Board has adopted a policy against reading or acknowledging anonymous communications. The move came after board members received a letter from “Concerned Citizen” at their home addresses.
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.
Onteora schools superintendent Victoria McLaren is still hesitant to allow athletics in the district amid varied guidance on Covid-19 precautions and pressure from parents.
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.
“We acknowledge that we must review our own school policies, goals, missions and practices through an anti-racist and equity lens to address issues of racism, bigotry and hate that still exist within our own school community.”
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.
Onteora officials answered many questions from parents last week and tried to lower anxiety levels during an online forum on reopening plans for the school district this fall.
According to Melissa Kaczmarek, director of communications at SUNY New Paltz, the college learned on Wednesday, August 26 that an
The Onteora school board voted last week to renew a contract with the Ulster County sheriff’s office for the 2020-21 school year to have a school resource officer at a cost of $97,018.20.