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Education

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.” ...

Interim Paul Smith’s College president now on the job

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College has appointed an interim president to lead the college though the next year as a search for a full-time president begins. Jon Strauss, the college’s 11th president, has been president at several other colleges, including serving as an interim a number ...

Local schools can open in the fall, with new rules

Schools will be able to reopen in the fall, as long as their regions can keep COVID-19 infection rates low and if districts follow mask, distancing and disinfecting rules meant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Education Department announced Monday, ...

NCCC plans mostly online classes in fall

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College classes will be mostly online this fall semester. There will be a few exceptions for classes where “learning outcomes are best supported by face-to-face instruction,” the college announced in a press release Friday. These include select ...

Mail-in school election turnout is high as local budgets pass

School election and budget election results are in, and voters in each of the Tri-Lakes districts passed their budgets with unusually high numbers of voter participation, including Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, each district was required to conduct ...

Lake Placid schools plan unique events for graduates

LAKE PLACID — Just when people thought high school seniors may get robbed of their end-of-the-year memories due to social distancing mandates from the coronavirus pandemic, the Class of 2020 may actually make more lasting memories than previous generations. Obviously, social events have ...

Lake Placid schools busy with construction

LAKE PLACID — Students may be learning from home during the coronavirus pandemic, but there is still plenty of activity at the two Lake Placid Central School District buildings. “It’s a very busy place,” LPCS Superintendent Roger Catania said Wednesday, May 27, referring to ...

Tri-Lakes school districts will break early for summer

Schools are beginning summer break early this year. How early depends mostly on their disrupted spring break schedule. Tupper Lake students got in a one-week February break before the coronavirus pandemic prompted the state to move classes online, so they will stay in school a little ...

Tri-Lakes schools will break early for summer

Schools are beginning summer break early this year. How early depends mostly on their disrupted spring break schedule. Tupper Lake students got in a one-week February break before the coronavirus pandemic prompted the state to move classes online, so they will stay in school a little ...

Local high schools prepare unique send-offs for seniors

Lawn signs dot the front yards of local high school seniors, some schools are planning parades, and the Class of 2020 is preparing for what will surely be unique commencement ceremonies. Saranac Lake High School has announced that each student’s commencement will be recorded separately. ...

Camp Treetops in Lake Placid cancels 2020 summer season

LAKE PLACID — Officials at Camp Treetops at North Country School announced last week that they are canceling the 2020 summer season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Camp Director Karen Culpepper wrote about the decision on the Treetops blog Saturday, May 16, titled, “An Important and ...

Local schools plan to stay under state tax cap for upcoming budgets

Local school districts aim to keep their tax levy increases below or at the state cap for the next academic year. But the state may cut school aid further as the coronavirus pandemic reduces tax revenue, so district officials are mentally preparing to make more cuts. Public voting on these ...

Paul Smith’s grads attend Zoom commencement

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College 74th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 would have been blanketed in a layer of early-May snow if it had been held at the shore of Lower St. Regis Lake, but this year the coronavirus moved the ceremony online. As approximately 140 Smitties ...