Hot Topics     Home and Family     K-12     Education Guide    

Orange County prepares for school re-opening



Hybrid models prevail, mixing in-person and remote learning

schools, opening, kids, students, families, in person, online learning, Orange County

As local schools plan for re-opening, considerations include the size of the student population and the size of the school buildings, with each district calculating how to maintain social distancing during in-person schooling.

Most districts have come up with a hybrid model, but the parameters vary widely. Usually the emphasis is on in-person learning for elementary-level students, kids with special needs, and those receiving English language instruction. Older students are scheduled for remote learning, either full-time or an a part-time schedule, with onsite schooling one to four days a week, depending on the district's resources.

"As the father of three school-aged children, please know that I fully understand that anything but full in-person instruction for our students presents challenges for our families," Cornwall Superintendent of Schools Terry Dade wrote in a letter to parents. "Our focus will continue to be on the safety, well-being, and academic progress for our students."

Some schools have a transition period built into the plans. At Monroe-Woodbury, the first two weeks will be held completely online. For the next two weeks, students will get one day of in-person teaching, followed by a schedule of two days a week in person. 

Similarly, the biggest district in the county, the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, with 12,000 students, will begin with a month of remote learning. Students will gradually be brought into the buildings in three phases, on a timeline yet to be determined.

In contrast, administrators of the Greenwood Lake school district, which has only 475 students, are confident they can conduct all their instruction in person while maintaining proper social distancing and other safety protocols.

However, if spikes in COVID-19 infection occur within the schools, all students will most likely return to exclusively remote learning.

Check your individual school district's website for details on returning to school.



Other articles by HVP News Reporters


  • 4 ways students can develop entrepreneurial skills

    Give your child a head start

    Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. Young people who aspire to become prominent business professionals can now get a head start on the knowledge and skills necessary to become successful entrepreneurs before they ever leave high school. read more »
  • 6 natural ways to protect your health

    Remedies that your probably already have at home

    Natural and plant-based remedies have been around for centuries, and for everyday treatments like minor cuts, scrapes, and rashes, they can have real benefits. read more »
  • Why a healthier mouth equals a healthier you

    Take good care of your teeth

    Better oral health is strongly linked to better overall health, helping you speak properly, eat healthfully, and prevent certain infections and diseases. According to experts, it all starts with preserving your natural teeth. read more »
  • 8 summer driving safety tips

    Help avoid potential safety hazards

    Summer often brings vacations and road trips, which can put extra stress on your vehicle and one of its most important safety components: the tires. Higher pavement temperatures combined with normal wear and tear – plus added traffic volume due to summer travel – can contribute to potential safety hazards. read more »
  • Scrumptious ways to simplify summer meals

    Make weekday dining a breeze with easy, delicious recipes

    From everyday weeknight dinners to picnics in the park, warmer weather and longer days mean families want to spend more time together and less time in the kitchen. read more »
  • Supercharge summer fun with a sweet, simple salsa

    Your family will dive right in

    After a full day at the park or swimming pool, summer fun calls for some refueling. All that sun is sure to exhaust busy families, leaving little time for complicated snacks. read more »
  • Honey mustard cobb salad with tomato, avocado, bacon, egg and feta

    Empower your inner chef with convenient recipes and handy tools

    Bring joy back to the kitchen by taking the stress out of planning family meals, shopping for ingredients, and making your favorite recipes. read more »
  • Start your day strong with this strawberry oatmeal smoothie

    Six ingredients and a blender are all you need

    Making a delicious oatmeal smoothie has never been easier. Just six ingredients and a blender are all you need to make the perfect fruit smoothie at home. Deliciously sweet and creamy this strawberry oatmeal smoothie makes for a healthy and filling breakfast or snack. read more »
  • Running a local race?

    How to keep your feet healthy

    Whether you’re a novice jogger embarking on a couch-to-5K program or a marathoner serious about racking up finishers’ medals, you must take great care of your feet. read more »
  • Help kids avoid the “Summer Slide”

    Try the TurfMutt Foundation’s lesson plans

    Aligned with STEM standards, TurfMutt’s lesson plans teach kids valuable science lessons in the green space around them read more »