Oswego City School District
Community Questions and Answers
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Question - For the board member that stated that the DARE program isn’t effective, have you researched or spoken with Officer Grover about the curriculum? If not I urge you to do so as I believe you are stating data about the old curriculum ,which yes was not effective and why they changed the program. With the opioid crisis , overdose epidemic, and synthetic drug use on the rise, cutting the dare program would be a mistake to put it mildly. Officer Grover goes above and beyond in creating a trust relationship with the children. My daughter adores him and sees him as a role model, a bonus of the program.
Answer - Thank you for your comment. I have no problem with the police coming into schools to socialize with our kids. D.A.R.E. did not reduce drug or alcohol use, and in some studies actually showed increased experimentation. It's a privately licensed curriculum that does not work. D.A.R.E. was replaced by Keepin' it Real (still a privately licensed curriculum). My concern is that 1) we call what Officer Grover is doing D.A.R.E; and 2) I was concerned that the District was paying for the D.A.R.E. program.
From the brief research I did, it does seem like Keepin' it Real (KiR) is not counterproductive in the way that D.A.R.E was. It's unclear that KiR is more effective than other programs. Below is the abstract of a study done on KiR's effectiveness; one of the co-authors (Hecht) worked on creating the KiR curriculum. At any rate, it is the OCPD that pays for this through a grant, not the School District.
First Published September 9, 2010
This study assessed the outcomes of adapting the culturally-grounded, middle school, substance-use prevention intervention, keepin' it REAL (kiR), to target elementary school students and to address acculturation. At the beginning of 5th grade, 29 schools were randomly assigned to conditions obtained by crossing grade of implementation (5th, 7th, 5th + 7th, and control/comparison) by curriculum version [kiR-Plus vs. kiR-Acculturation Enhanced (AE)]. Students (n = 1984) completed 6 assessments through the end of 8th grade. The kiR curricula generally appear no more effective than the comparison schools' programming. Students receiving either version of the kiR intervention in only the 5th grade report greater increases in substance use than did control students. Receiving the kiR-AE version twice (both 5th and 7th grades) has benefits over receiving it once.
Question - Is there any plan to get the remaining grades back into school at least four times a week?
Answer - Yes, the district has recently shared with the public that grades 2 and 3 will return to “in-person” learning four days a week, beginning April 5, 2021. The remaining grades (4 - 12) will return for four days of “in person” learning beginning April 19, 2021.
Question - Why has the Board of Education decided not to let two spectators to athletic events?
Answer - In mid March the district began to allow for two spectators, per athlete, to attend all athletic events.
Question - Please explain how a twenty five percent shorter school day can be considered “rigorous”? Is it possible to set up an interactive open forum with the Superintendent to answer questions from the community that have not been answered?
Answer - The district currently provides a five-hour live instruction - “in-person” and/or remote learning day for its students. While we have changed our daily schedules since the start of the school year, the length of our day has remained the same.
It should be noted, in addition to the five-hour “live” instructional day; students are able to receive academic support, one-on-one or small group support, counseling service, academic intervention services, tutorial assistance and social-emotional services from 12:50 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. each day. These supports and services are provided virtually (for OMS students) and in-person (for OHS students).
In the near future (April 19, 2021) the district will be extending its school day by approximately one hour for all secondary students. To add to this, the district will be adding more live synchronous instruction on Wednesday’s (a half day of remote - “Live” instruction) for all of its students.
Details on the extension of the school day and synchronous learning on Wednesdays were communicated to the public on March 23, 2021 and can be found on the district website.
Question - Is it possible to set up some sort of interactive open with the Superintendent, and based on questions from the community that have not been answered?
Answer - Yes, it is possible. It is with the Superintendent for consideration.