Kindergarten Returns Full Time Starting March 1

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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At 11:53 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Bell Top Elementary School Principal Martin Mahar was notified by East Greenbush police that a bank robbery had occurred at the M&T Bank branch on Jordan Road in North Greenbush.

As a precaution, Columbia’s School Resource Officer Jay Martyn, who is a police officer with the East Greenbush Police Department, responded to Bell Top at approximately 11:58 a.m. and Mr. Mahar initiated a lockout. A lockout involves keeping all students and staff inside the school building, locking exterior doors and being extra cautious with visitors who are processed through a single point of entry, however, the school day continues as normal. There was no risk to students or staff at Bell Top, the lockout was purely precautionary.

Mr. Mahar was quickly notified by police that the incident at the bank in North Greenbush had been resolved and there was no threat in the surrounding area.

I would like to commend Mr. Mahar and his staff for following our district safety plan, and for the positive communication from the East Greenbush Police Department and Officer Martyn. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office.


Jeff Simons
Superintendent of Schools

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