Poughkeepsie City School District puts community input at forefront of reopening

One school district in Dutchess County is putting community involvement at the forefront when it comes to reopening.

News 12 Staff

Aug 11, 2020, 9:31 PM

Updated 1,386 days ago

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One school district in Dutchess County is putting community involvement at the forefront when it comes to reopening.
Parent Tamoya Norwood is on the Poughkeepsie City School District's newly formed Reopening Task Force, along with dozens of other people. The task force is broken into different areas of focus, helping to mold how school will look in September.
"I do think it's important that our kids do go back to school," said Norwood. "I'm not saying it should be five days a week, maybe it should be a hybrid. But honestly, I think my kids need the educators that went to school to teach them."
The Poughkeepsie City School District says it was going to start school Sept. 10 in a distance learning type format. Now it is going back to the drawing board to get more community input.
"Having that collective community input is going to be valuable to help us navigate through this horrible pandemic that is causing, and wreaking havoc, across our good country," said Superintendent Dr. Eric Jay Rosser.
The task force has more than 40 pages of its plan to safely bring students and teachers back.
The Poughkeepsie City Public School District says it will have a series of superintendent town halls on Aug.14 and two on Aug. 17.


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