BASD superintendent delivers ‘State of the School’ remarks

Written by on March 15, 2021

BASD superintendent delivers ‘State of the School’ remarks

By Chloe Nouvelle

March 15, 2021

Photo by Pixabay 

Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Joseph Roy spoke recently about something that’s on a lot of parents’ minds: the possibility of returning some kids to class almost full time.

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Roy began his “State of the Schools” event with what he calls the motto for this school year.

“‘I think I’m still standing,’ is a great motto at this point in the pandemic. It’s been a tough year for education,” he says. 

Roy’s district has been running three learning models over the course of the pandemic: 

  1. A hybrid model, where students come into school a couple of days a week.
  2. Remote classes taught by district teachers, and 
  3. A cyber academy run by an outside group. 

But now the district is looking at bringing elementary students back four days a week. 

It’s important, he says. 

“When our kids in K, 1, 2, 3, can’t be in school every day, with their highly trained and incredibly qualified teachers to teach the early literacy approach that we use, we saw backsliding,” he says. 

His district is looking ahead and thinking about how they’ll make up for lost time.

“This hasn’t happened before, so we don’t know how long it will take for us to get kids back up to where they were a year ago. Now, that’s not all kids, but enough students that it’s a concern of ours,” Roy says. 

The school board is expected to vote on the proposal to bring students back 4 days a week on March 22.

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