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.
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Onteora High School honored its class of 2020 for persevering through a pandemic and helping each other struggle through distance learning. The event featured a brief ceremony and a triumphal honk-filled automotive caravan through district towns.
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.
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.
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.
According to the third-party company enlisted by New York State to print and mail absentee ballots to voters, a mass envelope shortage delayed ballot mailing in dozens of districts, including New Paltz, Saugerties and Kingston. This resulted in the ballots not being mailed until Wednesday, June 3, which would make returning ballots by mail in time for the June 9 deadline difficult. As a result, local districts are setting up boxes for voters to drop off their ballots in person.
Info on the proposed $57,938,542 budget and interviews with the candidates for School Board. The vote is by mail, with ballots due by June 9 at 5 p.m.
Emily Salem has been named valedictorian of the Class of 2020 and Ellery Loheide this year’s salutatorian at Onteora High School. “The faculty, staff and administration are very proud of these exemplary students,” said principal Lance Edelman. “It is without a doubt that these students will accomplish all of their post-secondary goals and continue to impress our Onteora community.”