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Lake Placid Central School District Director of Community Schools Keith Clark (left) and Trisha Preston, Manager of Protocol Operations and Community Relations for the 2023 FISU World University Winter Games, present the immersion program District’s K-8 — a school alternative during the 2023 Games — at the Lake Placid Conference Center on Tuesday. (Business Photo – Lauren Yates)

LAKE PLACID — Schools around Lake Placid are expected to close between one and three weeks in January during the 2023 FISU World University Winter Games, and local schools are changing their schedules and adding new programs to accommodate the free time.

The Lake Placid Central School District announced on Tuesday that it would launch a free program “immersion” program for K-8 students as an alternative to child care that working parents might need during this time. Northwood School will not begin classes until Jan. 30, as the school has leased its buildings and campus to FISU from Dec. 30 through Jan. 30, when approximately 200 varsity athletes are expected to remain on the Northwood campus.

Immersion LPCSD

LPCSD’s free immersion program, which will be available to all K-8 students in Lake Placid Central School District and St. Agnes School, will run from Tuesday, January 17 through Friday, January 20. Monday, January 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Although the program does not replace the learning program, it includes activities intended to immerse students in the atmosphere of the 23 Games.

Keith Clark, LPCSD Community Schools Coordinator, announced the new program with Trisha Preston, Manager of Protocol Operations and Community Relations for the 23 Games, during a 23 Games Q&A on Tuesday. Clark specifically noted that the program would act as a free alternative to child care and would be open to all K-8 students at LPCSD and St. Agnes — approximately 400 children.

“I think it accomplishes two big goals: (it’s) a

dynamic program that kids would really love, easing the hardships for families who might need child care this week in a week when they don’t normally have to worry about it,” Clark said.

Clark said younger student days would be primarily based at Lake Placid Elementary School and include a daily field trip, while older students would be more immersed in the community with their own activities and with the 23 Games.

Preston said many children growing up here still haven’t been able to see the Olympic venues that are just down the street, and she hopes the program can introduce more students to their village and its history. and its culture.

Registration for the program opens on September 19. Clark said the district hopes to receive most registrations before the registration period ends in mid-October, but he said the district would not turn away a student who registers later.

At present, there are no organized school alternatives for LPCSD students in grades 9-12. Clark noted that the district is considering forming student volunteer groups for the 23 Games for high school students, which LPCSD Superintendent Timothy Seymour said could be tailored to individual student interests.

Seymour said FISU speed skating events during the week of Jan. 16-20 require the nearby middle school to be off limits for safety reasons, and he said the district knows it should “To show creativity” with his academic calendar. New York State requires public schools to hold classes for 180 days per session, so LPCSD has shortened some of its breaks to make up for lost days. Pupils start school today – Seymour said most schools in the region start school on September 6 – and they will return a day earlier after the winter break in January. The February Winter Holidays and District Memorial Day Holidays will each be shortened by one day.

Seymour said the district chose not to hold remote learning during the week of Jan. 17-20 because the district expected students to want to participate in the “the opportunity of a lifetime” Seymour thinks the Games of 23 would bring to the region.

“We would much rather our students experience this than in front of a computer screen during this week”, he said.

Seymour said LPCSD coordinates the program and it is funded by the Adirondack Sports Council and FISU.

Provisional LPCSD timetable

Clark and Preston previewed a tentative schedule for the K-8 immersion program which will run from January 17-20, 2023.

A typical day for K-3 students:

¯ 8 a.m. — bus drop-off/arrival

¯ 8:15 a.m. — activity

¯ 9 a.m. — mid-morning snack

¯ 9:15 a.m. — activity

¯ 10 a.m. — daily field trip

¯ noon — lunch

¯ 12:45 p.m. — outdoor activity (sliding, snowshoeing, skiing, ice sculpture)

¯1:45 p.m. — activity

¯ 2:45 p.m. — bus pick-up/departure

A typical day for students in grades 4 to 8:

¯ 8 a.m. — bus drop-off/arrival

¯ 8:30 a.m. — attend the FISU event (ski jumping, curling, speed skating, cross-country) with snack at the event

¯ 10:30 a.m. — outdoor activity

¯ noon — lunch

¯ 12:45 p.m. — community activity (cinema, bowling, library)

¯ 2/2:30 p.m. — back to school

¯ 2:45 p.m. — bus pick-up/departure


Thomas Broderick, deputy head of the Northwood School’s School of External Affairs and director of the annual fund, said classes started at Northwood this week – a week early – as part of the school’s efforts to recover the three weeks students will lose since FISU rented Northwood campus for most of January. The school is also cutting its typical mid-February vacation to add time to the schedule. But during those three weeks when students would normally be on campus and in class, Broderick said the school has planned off-campus sports-related activities that have never been offered to students before.

Broderick said Northwood has been approached by FISU and local officials like Jim McKenna about the need for more athlete housing, and Broderick said so. “became apparent” that operations at Northwood would be affected by the 23 Games. Northwood student-athletes would be largely lacking or limited in the availability of the facilities to which they are accustomed – local ice rinks and ski slopes, among others – so Northwood wanted to offer alternate programming.

Footballers will have the opportunity to train in Puerto Rico; some independent students may be able to hike Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as part of the school’s LEAP program; and skiers will have the opportunity to train locally with FISU athletes. Broderick said that for students at Northwood School who want to stay in the area during Games 23, the school will help them find a local resident to stay with and help them find volunteer opportunities.

Broderick said the FISU lease helps Northwood supplement the cost of its off-campus programming for students in January.

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