BCS Gathers Parent Views


With more time needed to find out what parents intend to do this fall, the plan for starting the Brookfield Central School District 2020-21 school year might be set this week.

During a 25-minute meeting last week of the BCS Board of Education, Superintendent Jim Plows said not all parents responded to a survey.

The survey came after the district said one option is to rent space in the Leonardsville Community Center so all students can attend full-day sessions five days a week.

That space is needed only if the district’s full enrollment of 250 students come back to start the year. If enough parents decide to keep their children home to begin the year with remote learning only, the space in Leonardsville will not be needed.

Plows said the district planned to reach out to parents who had not responded. “Without accurate information we can’t make the decisions that need to be made,’’ he said.

The district’s hybrid plan has students divided into either Blue or Orange days, attending either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Plows said a number of parents are contemplating home schooling, but he said they might mean home learning instead. Under home learning students stay home and follow their BCS classes remotely through livestream and assignments.

Home schooling means the parent provides all the lessons and curriculum…

The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper.