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Education

Elementary students nervous but excited about new school year

LAKE PLACID — Students arrived to school for their first day of classes after an unusual summer. Izabella Sears, 10, and Kyah Yarosis, 8, were among the first students to arrive at the Lake Placid Elementary School on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Sears entered fifth grade this year. Yarosis ...

EYE ON EDUCATION: Daniel Cash appointed Lake Placid school board member

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Central School District Board of Education has a new board member. Daniel Cash, a senior designer at the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and father of three students, was appointed Tuesday, Sept. 1 to fill a vacancy on the board left by the resignation ...

Paul Smith’s has campuswide testing and no COVID so far

PAUL SMITHS — Three weeks ago, Paul Smith’s College tested nearly all of its students and staff for COVID-19, and the results show no positive tests so far, according to college officials. Now they hope to keep the hands-on-centric college open for the rest of the semester. “We might ...

Lake Placid Central has in-person classes 5 days a week

LAKE PLACID — The schoolyard was quiet. Just before the official start of the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the grounds outside of the Lake Placid Elementary School were nearly empty. The sun shone over the school’s raised garden, casting a shadow across the pavement. Birds ...

AuSable Valley, other schools switch to full remote start

Students at the AuSable Valley Central School District will return to classes remotely next month, Superintendent Paul Savage announced Thursday evening, Aug. 27. The announcement reverses the district’s initial plan to welcome students back to school for half-remote, half-in-person ...

Matt’s Minions: Brandes coaches T-ball for senior project

LAKE PLACID — Oh the energy of youth, and during a pandemic nonetheless. Matt Brandes, 17, worked part time at Stewart’s Shops this summer and played on two baseball teams and one soccer team. Plus he finished his Lake Placid High School senior project — before entering his senior year ...

Sen. Schumer announces funding for NCCC water program

SARANAC LAKE — On Friday, Aug. 21, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, sat in front of a gathering of local politicians, teachers and administrators at North Country Community College to announce a $89,700 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission for NCCC to develop a water and ...

Lake Placid school officials field questions on reopening

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid school administrators fielded dozens of questions and concerns from parents Wednesday, Aug. 19 as the district prepares to resume full in-person classes next month. The district’s first of three parent forums on reopening at 9 a.m., hosted on the ...

AuSable Valley Central plans half remote, half in-person learning

Students at the AuSable Valley Central School District are set to return to class in three weeks with a schedule unlike any other school year they’ve experienced in the past. The district released its initial reopening plans on July 31. Superintendent Paul Savage sent parents a letter with ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Dan Mayberry, Keene Central School superintendent

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Keene Central School Superintendent Dan Mayberry about the district’s reopening plan for the fall. Listen to a portion of this interview on the "We are Lake Placid" podcast from the Lake Placid News by visiting Apple Podcasts at ...

Keene Central School unveils fall reopening plan

KEENE VALLEY — Keene Central School District officials this week unveiled their reopening plan for students, which includes a mix of in-person and remote learning for grades 7 through 12 and all in-person learning for the lower grades. The plan was the result of work by the KCS Reopening ...

Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

ALBANY — New York's governor said Friday that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo clears the way for schools to ...

Survey gauges thoughts on in-person school

LAKE PLACID — A survey of local parents conducted by the Lake Placid Central School District shows that a majority plan to send their children back to school in person this fall, provided the school is open. The Lake Placid Central School District is planning to welcome back its students ...

Schools piece together reopening plans with state guidance

With the state-imposed deadline for school districts to file reopening plans on Friday, July 31, local schools are largely banking on welcoming students back in-person this fall — but they’re also preparing for the possibility it that won’t be an option. The coronavirus pandemic ...

Some parents consider homeschooling during pandemic

When 5-year-old Emily Ellis’s preschool closed in March, her parents, Jennifer and Mike Ellis, tried to do the school’s virtual learning program with her. “We tried for one day to do the Zoom classroom, and it was a disaster,” Jennifer said in a recent interview. “It was a bunch ...

An altered education upon return

The state Education Department released a reopening guidance document on July 16 containing a list of mandatory rules districts must uphold and plans they must create to reopen in the fall, as well as suggestions and alternatives to consider. The school day will involve consistent hand washing ...

Schools work through fall options

As the state-imposed deadline for school districts to file reopening plans approaches, local schools are largely banking on welcoming students back in-person this fall — but preparing for the possibility that that won’t be an option. The coronavirus pandemic derailed many norms ...

High school fall sports start date delayed

Back in March, the coronavirus robbed New York’s winter high school student-athletes of the chance to compete for championships, after most of them had already completed their regular seasons. Shortly after, spring sports seasons were canceled in their entirety. On Thursday, July 16, ...

Northwood dedicates year to ‘fighting inequality, embracing inclusion’

LAKE PLACID — Administrators at Northwood School, in response to recent controversy over racist graffiti found in Saranac Lake and broader conversations about race and inequality, have decided to dedicate the upcoming school year to the theme of “Fighting Inequality. Embracing Inclusion.” ...