B-P updates secondary reopening plan, gives seniors a choice of learning model

Broadalbin-Perth updated its reopening plan for secondary students Monday, Aug. 10 to include a choice of hybrid or 100% remote learning models for seniors. Previous versions of the plan had all seniors starting the year in the 100% remote model.

“It’s really challenging to balance the restrictions and protocols we have to have in place to promote health and safety with the academic and emotional needs of our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson. “But we heard from seniors and their families loud and clear that they want a choice to start the year in the classroom, and we’ve adjusted our reopening plan in response to that feedback.”

Students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) programs will still be placed in the 100% remote learning model for their B-P classes. HFM BOCES will hold virtual presentations Aug. 17-19 to detail reopening plans for their various CTE programs. Visit the HFM BOCES website to read their reopening plan.

Senior High School Principal Mark Brooks said that course choice for all secondary students will be limited throughout the pandemic, and that B-P will publish a list of courses being offered in the coming weeks.

Schedules for students entering grades 7-12 will not be available until right before classes begin on Sept. 14. However, if students or their families have questions about course offerings, they should contact their school counselor.

“Completing the learning model commitment form by Aug. 14 will be critically important to us as we develop student schedules,” Tomlinson said.

Broadalbin-Perth will notify parents via ParentSquare the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 11 when the learning model commitment form is available. Parents will have to complete the form for each of their children by Friday, Aug. 14.