Students in Schenectady getting back in the groove

September 06, 2018 05:16 PM

SCHENECTADY – It’s official. The entire Capital District is back to class. As kids got off the bus Thursday morning outside Hamilton Elementary, they were greeted by teachers, the superintendent and the commissioner of education.

"This is a time where students have to feel comfortable when they come into school and they get nervous," said NYS Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia. "So it's important for all of us adults to be thinking about what we can do to reassure them and to work with them."

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On Tuesday, Superintendent Larry Spring held his annual rally and message to faculty and staff that focused on social and emotional learning, adverse childhood experiences and trauma-sensitive schools.

"The district is committed to ensuring that race, economics and disability don't predict student achievement and right now they do," said Spring. "And it's a reflection of our greater society and we have a lot of work to do and public schools play a significant role in mitigating that effect."

Now it’s time to apply all those studies and rallies and even glittery backpacks for the next 10 months.

"I just want him to learn and do good things and become somebody someday," said Kayla Rudolph while holding her 5-year old son Jaeden, off to first grade, adding a kiss to his forehead.


WNYT Staff

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