Hudson school district expanding summer school
Jeanette Wolfberg is reporting for The Columbia Paper the Hudson City School District is expanding summer school to serve kindergarten through 12th grade, Superintendent Maria L. Suttmeier and Assistant Superintendent of School Improvement April Prestipino announced at a recent board of education meeting. In recent years the summer school program was limited to students in 6th through 12th grade. But more students need to make up for a learning loss during the past year and be prepared for the next grade, Suttmeier said. With the increased summer enrollment, the district will provide buses to summer school. Business Administrator Jesse Boehme reported the need to increase bus runs, telling the board, “we’re bringing in more” junior and senior high school students. Eleventh and twelfth graders now have the option of attending school in person twice a week. Suttmeier said about 50 junior high students judged insufficiently responsive have started coming in four days a week. Board member Sage Carter said the district is considering the implications of the new physical distancing protocol: three feet for children in classrooms, but six feet on buses and in the cafeteria. Athletic fields are being prepared for use. And the high school swim team has used the high school pool, but there is no date yet for opening the pool to the public. Standard assessment testing will take place this spring, but the tests will last only one day instead of the usual two, Prestipino said. Suttmeier said the reopening plan for the 2021-22 school year will be guided by the re-opening plan for this year, which was formulated last summer. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.