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Newburgh Enlarged City School District Superintendent Dr. Roberto Padilla, with other superintendent and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, March 23, 2021
WAMC, Allison Dunne

School districts across New York are grappling with when to reopen schools in person, full time. In Orange County, the superintendents from three city school districts are talking about their plans and the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on their budgets.

Ulster County Exec Says Schools Will Soon Reopen

Mar 11, 2021
BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Charles Khoury (left) and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, March 11, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan/screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne

The nine school districts in Ulster County are preparing to reopen in person full-time. The Ulster County executive delivered the news during his COVID-19 update Thursday afternoon, alongside a district superintendent.

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration provided a COVID-19 update Tuesday. Among the key topics was the next step schools are taking in the reopening process.

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Vermont's top education official says the state's schools are moving to the next stage of reopening.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer
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The Westchester County executive says there have been no coronavirus spikes so far after two priests at a Pleasantville church tested positive for COVID-19. And he says school reopening will be the biggest logistical challenge since the pandemic hit.

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Today was the first day of school for elementary and high school students across Vermont. During his regular COVID-19 briefing today, Gov. Phil Scott discussed the schools’ preparation for pandemic-era classes.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
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Parents across the Hudson Valley have been chiming in on virtual forums held by elected officials in recent weeks with their back-to-school concerns. They wonder why school reopening varies from district to district, or even within the same district. And there’s anxiety about how parents will address overseeing their children’s education virtually if they have to go to work in-person. Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne that he’s been hearing from parents and others grappling with these issues.

From left to right: Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman; Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; Orange-Ulster BOCES District Superintendent William Hecht; Orange-Ulster BOCES Operations Director Mark Coleman
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The Orange County health commissioner is requiring that masks be worn in all county schools as well as in the transportation to and from school. It comes as the county executive held a virtual Q&A on back-to-school safety Thursday evening.

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Schools in Vermont open next Tuesday. Most are adopting hybrid operations, and schools and parents are in the final week of preparing for the new system. On Wednesday evening Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger hosted a forum on Reopening the Burlington School System to discuss the district’s readiness and take questions from residents.

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Massachusetts Teachers Association

The president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association is sharply criticizing the state’s planning for reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We’re just weeks away from the new school year. The Greater Amsterdam School District continued its series of state-ordered information sessions on reopening Wednesday night. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on how one district is preparing for launch.

Enlarged City School District of Middletown Superintendent Richard Del Moro (left) and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
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With New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision about reopening K-12 schools expected any day, school districts across the state have submitted their plans for the state’s approval. Those plans were due July 31. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a videoconference with the superintendent of a school district in Orange County, sharing questions from area residents.

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As the fall semester approaches, school districts across the region are under scrutiny as they release re-opening plans. But the districts are also raising concerns as they work to integrate state mandates into their plans.

A long brick building sits beyond a green lawn and trees with a rotunda with a gold spire rising above it
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Public school superintendents around Berkshire County are working around the clock to prepare contingency plans for the fall semester.

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Westchester County has established a working group to assist local school districts with reopening in the fall. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that in early August he’ll announce details about K-12 schools reopening and whether students will return in-person.

Hyde Park Deputy Superintendent Discusses Reopening

Jul 20, 2020
Hyde Park Central School District Superintendent Aviva Kafka, July 16, 2020, during U.S. Senator Charles Schumer's visit
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that in early August he’ll announce details about K-12 schools reopening, whether students will return in-person and what this will require. The majority of students finished the last three months or so of the second half of their school year online after the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Deputy Superintendent of the Hyde Park Central School District Aviva Kafka about her district’s plans and needs.

Schumer Pitches Bill To Help Schools Reopen Safely

Jul 17, 2020
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer at FDR High School, Staatsburg, NY, July 16, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in the Hudson Valley Thursday, pushing legislation to ensure educators get the funding they need to open schools safely this fall in light of COVID-19. School administrators say their calculations for needed equipment and services show the funding is sorely needed.

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The New York State Board of Regents issued preliminary guidelines today for schools to reopen. Meantime, Governor Andrew Cuomo says the final decision on reopening schools will be data-driven and based on the rate of infection in September.