New York State School Boards Association

On Board Online April 6 2020


Letter from a home office A 'closed' school district is a busy place

On Board Online • April 6, 2020

By Laura Belfiore
Communications Specialist Peekskill City School District

On Friday, March 13, many of us left our school district offices not knowing when we'd return. Copiers were in high demand as teachers and principals began preparing packets of work for students. When the buildings closed, some staff went to Staples to scan and copy.


How good are schools at social distancing?

On Board Online • April 6, 2020

By Barbara Bennett
Communications Associate

School media is full of uplifting photos posted by New York school districts of energetic personnel delivering meals to students, cleaning school facilities and holding meetings on maintaining educational programs through online learning.


Navigating through uncertainty

On Board Online • April 6, 2020

Fred Langstaff
NYSSBA President

The coronavirus first became real to me on February 26. We had just learned the day before that the epidemic had hit Italy and Iran. It was clear this was no longer a problem confined solely to China and was likely headed to America's shores.

The public health crisis has led to closure of all schools in the state and the need for all non-essential workers to stay home.


In transitioning to online learning, Mineola opted for a slow rollout

On Board Online • April 6, 2020

By Kathleen Moore
Special Correspondent

When school districts throughout the state shifted to online learning in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, teachers in the Mineola Union Free School District did not immediately create homework - or any assignments, for that matter.


Snapshots of school COVID-19 crisis management

On Board Online • April 6, 2020

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered schools to close in mid-March amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the questions for school districts mounted quickly.

How can learning continue while students and teachers are at home?


Dodging goats and pit bulls, school personnel provide home delivery of grab-and-go meals

On Board Online • April 6, 2020

By Pauline Liu
Special Correspondent

The roar of school bus engines is being heard in many rural and small city districts across New York even as classrooms remain shuttered to stem the spread of the coronavirus. No longer filled with boisterous children, the buses are providing safe transport for thousands of bags filled with pre-packaged breakfasts and lunches.

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