Many parts of society have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and education has not been spared. Schools faced closures, then ascrambled to find ways to teach remotely. This followed by uncertainty about letting students back into classrooms.


The Syracuse City School District is among those trying to find ways to stay engaged with as many students as possible while the community rides out the COVID-19 pandemic at home.  Superintendent Jaime Alicea says they’ve been mailing materials home and putting lessons online

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It might be the middle of winter, but did you know there’s a Farmer’s Market at Franklin Elementary School?

"What's your favorite part about the farmer's market?" our reporter asked.

"The apples," replied one student.

"The oranges and the pineapples," said another.

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Fifth graders at Delaware Elementary School paraded down their hallways Thursday holding signs with anti-tobacco messages and chanting "Be Smart!  Don't Start!"  Thursday was the Great American Smokeout, which encourages tobacco users to take those first steps toward quitting.

Time is starting to run out for Central New York parents who haven’t vaccinated their children if they’re attending school next week.  A new state law requires ALL students to be vaccinated, or to have their first dose of vaccines during the first 14 days of school.  Religious exemptions are no longer allowed, but students can get a medical exemption if they're immunocompromised or allergic to vaccine components. / @FirstStudentInc

About 1,200 additional Syracuse City School students will be riding the bus starting this fall after Syracuse Common Councilors Monday approved spending an extra $1.8 million to cover the cost.   

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Members of the Syracuse Youth Advisory Council have spent the past few months researching issues and concerns facing their peers, and today, they made their final presentations to common councilors.  Students in grades 9 to 12 apply for the 11 spots, and have the chance to try and influence change.  One group focused on the lack of diversity among the school district’s teachers and other leaders.  ITC student Donovan Collins doesn’t see many teachers who look like him or can relate to him.

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More than 2,500 children in five Syracuse City Elementary schools are hearing and seeing messages over the next several months about healthy lifestyle habits as part of an effort to reduce childhood obesity. 


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The Syracuse City School District has reached an agreement with city government to hire  – and pay for – police officers to serve as School Resource Officers.

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Students are Back to School this week in the Syracuse area.  For some, part of summer vacation was spent learning through activities that introduced them to new areas of study and career fields.  The Syracuse City School District has significantly expanded their career-focused education in P-TECH and C-TECH programs to engage students and held summer internships.  Meanwhile, a new charter school, OnTECH High School opened this week and is not career specific and allows students to determine their own interests.  WAER’s John Smith takes us on a journey through the programs and talks with edu