Kindergarten Returns Full Time Starting March 1

The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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East Greenbush Central School District was recently informed by the New York State Education Department that all seven of its schools are in “Good Standing” in accordance with the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan. Additionally, Columbia High School was named a Recognition School for its high performance.

Superintendent Jeff Simons congratulated all district employees in an email on Tuesday afternoon, and said in part, “Congratulations to all of you as you continue to meet and exceed expectations in the work you do to ensure the success of our increasingly diverse population of students.”

Columbia received the distinction as a Recognition School based on its high performance and rapid improvement in the following areas:

  • Graduation Rate
  • Composite Performance on Required Regents Examinations (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Living Environment and Global History)
  • Progress of English Language Learners towards English Proficiency
  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • College, Career and Civic Readiness (percentage of students attaining advanced course credits such as Advanced Placement and Courses for College Credit, completion of SED-approved pathways such as Columbia’s Business Administration program, diploma credentials)

Columbia is one of only 131 schools in the state to be named a Recognition School this year and a Reward School last year (high performing/high progress schools under the prior accountability system).

“The teachers and administrators at these Recognition Schools have taken to heart the critical mission of educating the whole child,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said in a press release on the NYSED website. “Our priority is fostering equity for our children across New York. These schools serve as models of the levels of performance we seek for all schools to be able to achieve in the future.”