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La Salle Institute reports increase in calls from parents

Kumi Tucker
Updated: July 29, 2020 07:19 PM
Created: July 29, 2020 06:47 PM

NORTH GREENBUSH -- La Salle Institute is planning to bring all boys, grades 6 through 12, back into the classroom this fall. 

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Parents will also have the option of a live school day from home. 

"Whatever they're doing in the classroom, the young man that's at home will be tuned into that class," said Principal Joseph Raczkowski. 

Teachers will have students in the classroom, but they will also be able to monitor the students who are learning live from home in real time throughout the school day. 

Those options could appeal to parents who might want to choose either fully remote or fully in-class, options their school district may not offer.

Calls are coming in to the La Salle admissions office. It's an independent Catholic school for boys. 

"I'm about to begin my 13th year, Kumi, and to me, the best part of the school is that there's a place here for everybody, and we focus on the education of the entire student," said Vice Principal for Discipline and Middle School Steve Sgambelluri.  "Part of the equation to academic education is also how good you are as a person, what kind of character you have, what kind of leader are you, what kind of leader can you be."

Class size is typically small.  They've been reconfiguring the large classrooms so there's space between students, and invested in technology and improving air quality. 

The student lounge looks very different these days. 

They'll be using outdoor spaces throughout the 30-acre campus as much as possible. 

La Salle reports they've had a big increase in the number of calls from interested families. 

"The biggest thing is being able to come into school and socialize with their friends, talk to your teachers, get after school help. I think that's what parents are looking for," said Raczkowski.  "And also it's important for parents. They have to go back to work, and in order for us to help them do that, we need to take care of their students. So when they entrust their sons to us, we're going to take care of them in the safest possible environment."


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