General Brown implements additional programming, resources for students amid pandemic challenges

Friday, April 22, 2022

  • It has been more than two years since the pandemic began, and it continues to pose challenges for students and schools nationwide. General Brown is not immune from those challenges, as we have seen students struggle due to lost instruction time, as well as a rise in social-emotional and behavioral needs.

    “These issues and needs are of utmost importance to us here at General Brown,” said Superintendent Barbara J. Case. “That’s why our district is taking steps to ensure our children find success in the classroom and learn how to overcome and work through periods of adversity.”

    The district has implemented programming to help students catch up from lost instruction time.

    • After school AIS for grades K-8.
    • Summer school for grades K-12.
    • Credit recovery opportunities for grades 9-12.
    • Phonemic awareness programs in all K-2 classrooms.
    • Weekly gross motor movement sessions for struggling students at Dexter Elementary School.

    General Brown is also providing resources to students in order to help them manage their social-emotional and behavioral needs.

    • Special education support to assist with behavior interventions.
    • New “break rooms” for elementary students.
    • Additional teacher aides for classrooms in need of the most support.
    • Reinforcement of expectations for students in school and on school buses.
    • More recognition opportunities for students displaying positive behaviors.

    In addition to student needs, educators are facing challenges of their own. From staffing shortages to a rise in student behavioral issues, the instructional landscape has changed drastically. Our employees and their families are now receiving enhanced support through a new Employee Assistance Program. Staff members were also given non-violent crisis intervention training, and elementary teachers are currently being offered professional development opportunities to help support early student reading skills.

    During these past two years, technology has been a major part of our lives - both at home and in the classroom. As we move forward with these efforts, General Brown’s teachers are assisting students with balancing the virtual world and in-person learning strategies. The idea is to support conversations, collaboration, motivation and engagement among all children.

    “Our collective goal is to be there for our General Brown students and families during this time of transition,” said Case. “We appreciate the support of community members and our partnership with families as we work to continue the district’s tradition of providing a fine education for our children.”

    As always, if you have any concerns or questions when it comes to your child, please reach out to your child’s principal or contact the General Brown Central School District Office at (315) 779-2300.