Bill Pepitone

5. As students, principals, teachers, and school partners work to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on academic achievement, what role do you see the arts playing? What strategies do you envision for broadening the school-day curriculum so instructional time in the arts is not crowded out of the school day?

We simply have to ensure that the arts are never diminished within our curriculum. The arts serve as an outlet for children to express and communicate their fears through creativity, while affording teachers the opportunity to answer questions that become clearer through the child’s expression. I understand that a school day is already crowded with academics and other courses, but we must prioritize arts and institute more after-school opportunities if time constraints necessitate such.

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