Covid-19 Report Card
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for the COVID-19 Positive Data reported which includes enrolled students and working teachers/other staff who are physically present in the building(s) or on school grounds in any capacity, including in-person learning, hybrid learning (partially remote learning), extracurricular activities, etc. As part of a contact tracing effort, this information is either shared by the parent or guardian of the student, by teachers and other staff or communicated by the local health department.
May 19, 2021
Dear Saugerties Community,
I would like to thank our community for their support of the District’s proposed 2021-2022 School Budget on Tuesday, May 18. According to the unofficial results, the budget, minus affidavits, was approved 792 yes to 254 no, reflecting a nearly 76% approval. The approved budget allows the District to maintain all of our existing programs and services and continue to focus our efforts on meeting the educational and social emotional needs of our students, while remaining fiscally responsible to our taxpayers.
The voters also selected three trustees to serve on the Board of Education. I would like to take a moment to congratulate incumbents Robert Thomann, James Mooney, and Raymond Maclary on being reelected to the Board for their new three-year terms.
As I look to the future, there is much work to be done. We will continue to work with our community to provide an academic experience of rigor, which will prepare all students for a rapidly changing world. We will also be focusing on identifying impactful and sustainable uses for more than $6 million in Federal grants and Cares Act funding, especially in regard to addressing mental health needs and closing academic achievement gaps.
As we emerge from the restrictions of the pandemic and look ahead, we know there will be challenges, but are committed to finding solutions that will serve our students in the best possible way. On behalf of the Board of Education, the Central Administration office, staff, and students, we thank you for your continued support.
Superintendent of Schools
May 12, 2021
The District is investigating allegations of an inappropriate journalism assignment at the High School level. The teacher has been reassigned pending the outcome of that investigation. The District takes allegations of this nature very seriously and wishes to emphasize that there are existing procedures under its Dignity for All Students Act (“DASA”) policy to make complaints or to bring to the District’s attention, any issues of this nature.
Kirk P. Reinhardt
Superintendent of Schools
Saugerties Central School District
May 11, 2021
Dear Saugerties Community,
We have been made aware of a journaling assignment given in a Saugerties High School English class that was interpreted by at least one student to include biased content. We strive to create a school environment where all students feel safe, respected, and valued, so even one student feeling uncomfortable is one too many.
We want to assure our community that we are currently reviewing the assignment and speaking with the students and the teacher involved to be certain that we have all of the facts and fully understand the situation. This is so we can take the steps necessary to ensure that inappropriate assignments are not introduced to our students, intentional or not. This is a very serious matter and discussions will continue until we are confident we have reached a place of understanding among all involved.
In this instance, when the teacher realized that a student felt uncomfortable with the assignment, the student was immediately contacted in order to acknowledge and discuss the student’s concerns. The student’s parents were contacted and the family and the District discussed next steps. The assignment was also immediately revised.
The racial and social tensions in our nation are significantly heightened because crucial discussions about racism have not always taken place in the past. This is hard, but necessary work and we are all still learning. We acknowledge that we might get things wrong as we journey forward, but we know we must do better and are working to do so. This situation has elevated the need to be more conscious of the unintended consequences of assignments containing sensitive topics, especially those that involve race. We sincerely apologize to anyone who felt hurt by this.
Our Diversity Committee meets on the third Wednesday of every month, and we plan to seek their input on ways to prevent future situations such as this. The District has a Superintendent’s Conference Day next week and the use of racially conscious curriculum and equity will be a topic of discussion with the entire instructional staff. We strive to be a school environment where all students feel they are seen, heard, respected, and valued equally. We will accept no less.
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Welcome to the Saugerties Central School District!
Superintendent - Mr. Kirk Reinhardt
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Technology- Dr. Darlene Westinghouse
Business Manager- Ms. Jane St. Amour
Director of Pupil Personnel Services - Dr. Lisajane Kappler
Director of Special Education - Ms. Marlene Anderson-Butler
Director of Human Resources - Mr. Daniel Erceg
February 3, 2021
Good Afternoon Sawyer Community,
As many of you know, on January 22, 2021, Governor Cuomo stated that high-risk sports could begin on February 1 with approval from local health authorities. Shortly after this announcement, the Ulster County Department of Health (UCDOH) released comprehensive and complex criteria for the authorization of high-risk sports. For the Saugerties Central School District, these high-risk indoor sports include basketball and wrestling. The UCDOH’s recommendations included, but were not limited to, creating a separate Code of Conduct for Students Athletes, testing for COVID-19, logging attendance by all individuals associated with the sport; limiting student-athlete extra-curricular activities, and continuing to practice typical COVID safety protocols. The guidance from the Department of Health is contained in the links on the second page.
Our goal has been to maintain our academic programs and engage in in-person learning. We have seen that following the guidance for contract tracing, one positive case of COVID can force the high school to pivot to fully remote learning even with the strict protocols of requiring masks and maintaining social distancing with increased fresh air circulation. High-risk indoor sports increase the chances to reduce our in-person instruction.
Over the last several days, I have had numerous conversations with the District’s physician, athletic director, administrative cabinet, and the Board of Education. Due to the available time frame and complexity of implementing these requirements and the increased risk to students safety due to the high risk of indoor sports, it is with deep regret that I have made the very difficult decision that the District will not be able to participate in basketball or wrestling this season. The time and resources needed to create and implement a thoughtful and safe plan that meets the UCDOH requirements is not realistic for the indoor winter season, which ends on February 28.
Many of you are aware that I was a high school coach for more than 20 years, coaching football, track, and wrestling. I truly believe that athletics and other extracurricular activities can teach lifelong skills to our students. As a school administrator, I find that attending these events is often a shining part of my day. Making the unpopular decision to forgo this year’s basketball and wrestling seasons was a painful decision to make.
We have had a very challenging time in public education since March 13, 2020, and I know that many of our students have already missed out on so much. After weighing all of the potential risks and possible outcomes, I have overwhelming concerns regarding the participation of our students in indoor high-risk sports at this time. One of the most important responsibilities I have is to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff, and their families. I believe this decision is in the best interest of all parties. My goal is to have our students return to school full-time without any major disruptions to learning due to COVID-19 cases.
We will continue to work within the guidance from the UCDOH and our athletic department as will reevaluate the decision for high-risk sports for the upcoming fall and spring seasons of 2021.
Thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Mr. Kirk Reinhardt
Superintendent of Schools
Ulster County Department of Health High-Risk Communication: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V47hBaP-fu-pSV15gO-ywVn0ccmRuZpH/view?usp=sharing
Ulster County Department of Health: Memorandum in Response to the authorization of high-risk sports
Code of conduct Relating to School Sports and Other Activities
Nicole Peters and Mark Danza