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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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Community Hospice presentationColumbia High School hosted guest speakers every day last week as part of the school’s annual Health Awareness Week. Students learned about current health topics such as substance education, mindfulness and how to deal with grief.

Lisa Dimenno-NYS Health Department

Lisa Dimenno from the NYS Health Department discussing sexually transmitted infections and HIV during Health Awareness Week.

“The students were engaged in learning about all facets of their personal health,” said Columbia Health teacher Christopher LeGare. “This year we as a staff felt that we needed to build off of the success that we had with last year’s Health Awareness Week and so we continued to give the students a well-rounded health education experience. This year was very full of positive feedback from the students here at CHS.”

Health Awareness Week sessions included:

  • Tips on How to Deal with Grief – Community Hospice
  • Substance Education and Prevention – Rensselaer County Mental Health
  • Substance Education and Prevention – Second Chance Opportunity Center
  • Health Relationships and Teen Dating Violence – Unity House
  • Safety and Decision Making – FBI
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections/HIV – NYS Health Department
  • Mental Health and Mindfulness – Sage Professor Powell Cucchiella