A Seton Catholic Central flag was raised over City Hall to mark the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. Catholic Schools of Broome County currently have more than 1,000 students enrolled, and boast a 100% graduation rate. The week includes a variety of events, including mass at Seton Catholic Central and musical performances at the Oakdale Mall. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Local Catholic school students, joined by city officials, gathered at Binghamton City Hall on Tuesday morning. “The theme of this year’s nation-wide Catholic Schools Week is learn, serve, lead, succeed. Locally, our catholic school students exemplify that theme, and set a powerful example for others in the process,” said Binghamton Mayor Rich David.
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Students will be leaving classrooms at different times, so not to crowd hallways. They will also be sitting far apart from each other in classes and events. Tioga Central has focused on giving parents the option to use virtual or in-person learning, but has also made it so there shouldn’t be any concerns regarding safety for inside the school. Dr. Hamilton says he encourages in-person learning more than virtual simply because it’s a better way to learn, especially for the younger students who need more one-on-one teachings. For more information on the school’s plan and more, you can visit its website here. TIOGA CENTER (WBNG) — Schools across the Southern Tier have released their plans, including Tioga Central School District, which is aiming to cover every step for the parents, teachers, and students. He says if you want this option, but struggle with internet or cellular service, they have more than one way of making it work. One of the ways is using Google Classroom for the video lessons. You’ll be able to download the videos from a device if you sit in the school’s parking lot and utilize the WiFi there or anywhere else. Then, once you go home, you won’t need internet connection to complete the lessons. “We’re shooting for four days a week, 100-percent of students for in-person instruction,” said Superintendent Dr. David Hamilton. “We’re doing that because we’ve established classroom spaces where the students can sit behind clear barriers and then take their masks off.” However, if you do opt to go virtual, Dr. Hamilton says it shouldn’t be too much of a struggle. The school says the virtual lessons and the in-person lessons will be as similar as possible, so students are all on the same page.
“For a small or nominal fee, you can go into a neighborhood watch type program, where folks can enter their children’s names, their children’s address, their email addresses, their cellphone numbers, and parents will be automatically alerted if their child comes in close proximity or within contact.” (WBNG) — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office has a warning for parents at home; do you know where the sex offenders are located near you? He said his office is able to utilize available technology to help catch these offenders when they try to disappear. Sheriff DuMond told 12 News Friday his office believes Planty Jr. was trying to avoid detection. The sheriff says 37-year-old Martin W. Planty Jr. failed not only to submit an annual verification of residence, but had moved entirely without updating authorities. He was arrested and charged with a class D felony in New York, punishable by up to seven years in prison. The Sheriff is referencing the Offender Watch app, a program the sheriff’s office uses, and one you can download for yourself on your phone’s app store.