Newburgh schools to switch to all-remote learning after Thanksgiving
A Hudson Valley school district has made the decision to go all remote as COVID-19 cases continue to be on the rise.
All Newburgh schools will transition to remote instruction beginning Monday, November 30. The plan is to stay with the all remote model until Friday, January 15. The hope is to go back to the hybrid model starting Tuesday, January 19.
Newburgh Schools Superintendent Dr. Roberto Padilla says going to an all-remote model of learning for the district was not an easy decision, but after getting a strong recommendation to do just that from the Orange County Health Department the choice was clear.
Dr. Roberto Padilla says, for now, that teachers will report to their classrooms to teach remotely, but there is always the possibility that could change. "This has been the art of how to pivot based on data so as we continue to monitor the data, we'll continue to analyze it and make decisions that will benefit our faculty and staff and our families."
Although school infection rates are low, the community is experiencing a rise in cases. And while they prefer a socially-distant, in-person model, school administrators say they believe the best way to keep everyone safe is to go fully remote at this time.
Newburgh school officials say the weekly meal distribution will continue with the same schedule as they are in all remote mode.
New Rochelle school officials confirmed to News 12 that the district's schools will also switch to remote learning Friday, until at least Dec. 3. That move comes as the high school, Daniel Webster Magnet School and Columbus Elementary were on full remote learning Thursday.