Remote school options for the fall

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UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – School’s almost out for Summer, but how exactly learning will look when students return in the fall remains to be seen?

“I think most people who are experts in pedagogy would say that students do best being stimulated within a classroom with their peers and all of the critical thinking skill that we’re trying to impart.” – Jay Worona, New York State School Boards Association

Jay Worona with the New York State School Boards Association says whether to keep remote options for some students in the fall should be a local decision. Kyle Belokopitsky with the New York State PTA says moving forward it’s time to get children back in seats in school building. However, she says there will be many families and students that may not be vaccinated or that may have comorbidities.

“I think the education community right now is discussing that, discussing what that remote option is going to be for September, what does that look like, is that school district based, or is it for example on a regional base hosted by BOCES, a board of cooperative educational services?” – Kyle Belokopitsky, New York State PTA

Last month Governor Cuomo said based on the COVID-19 trajectory, schools “will be set to reopen for full in-person learning.” The New York State Education Department hopes “that as many students as possible will attend school in-person this fall” and is having conversations with stake holders. Jasmine Gipper with the Alliance for Quality Education says while in-person learning is “the best high-quality option” there could be some innovative uses for remote learning.

“Schools that don’t have AP courses could potentially now have access to AP courses through remote learning and online technology.” – Jasmine Gipper, The Alliance for Quality Education

New York State United Teachers would like to see the remote option go away in the fall, and the New York State council of School Superintendents would like its use to be very limited.

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