School closures not a shock as schools prepare to celebrate graduates

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to close schools for the remainder of the year was not a shock to many under the current climate. However, it is a difficult pill to swallow for seniors with big dreams for their final year in high school.

News 12 Staff

May 1, 2020, 9:32 PM

Updated 1,489 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to close schools for the remainder of the year was not a shock to many under the current climate. However, it is a difficult pill to swallow for seniors with big dreams for their final year in high school.
Lindsey Martin, a senior at Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor says while this wasn't the senior year she imagined with her friends, she's staying optimistic and looking forward.
As for graduation ceremonies, districts such as White Plains and Ossining are preparing to celebrate their students remotely. Superintendents say end-of-year exams will also look different.
"You're not going to see as much of the cumulative-type, summative assessments and more so ongoing learning and projects," says Raymond Sanchez, of Ossining schools.
Sanchez and White Plains Superintendent Joseph Ricca say they are planning for both remote and in-person learning over the summer as well. The decision rides on what the governor determines is necessary later this month.
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