COVID-19 Updates and Information

The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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Alina Deyette with her class

Alina Deyette with her class and officers from the East Greenbush Police Department (courtesy Ray Diaz)

Red Mill Elementary School and the local community have come together in support of a third grader who has been out sick for the past two months. Alina Deyette was recently diagnosed with Transverse Myletis, a neurological disorder that affects the spinal cord.

Red Mill students have rallied around Alina, especially in her class.

“Our kids and I are heartbroken for Alina and her family,” said Alina’s teacher Raj Harde. “Her desk may have been empty but it quickly became covered in cards and pictures showcasing the level of support and closeness this community has for its own. We’re all looking forward to Alina’s return!”

Alina Deyette

Alina Deyette visits with EGPD officers (courtesy Ray Diaz)

The surrounding community has also helped out.

The East Greenbush Police Department union held a fundraiser to help Alina’s family, donating $500 to the Deyette Fund and delivering t-shirts to Red Mill for students to wear.

Other fundraisers have included a bicycle raffle at school which raised $1,000 and a ziti dinner at St. Mary’s Church this past weekend which raised $5,700.

Alina’s mother said that her family is “so overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, and care that has been shown by our community.”