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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The East Greenbush Central School District was notified today that a Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School student has tested positive for COVID-19. We are conducting contact tracing in coordination with the Rensselaer County Health Department. Out of an abundance of caution, DPS B day students in 5th grade will be fully remote and switch to virtual learning for students and staff on Tuesday, December 8 to allow for proper contact tracing. 

DPS B Day students in grades K-4 will have in-person learning tomorrow and DPS A Day students will have their regular remote learning day.

All other schools will open for in-person instruction on Tuesday and follow their regular B Day schedule.

Parents and staff from DPS are encouraged to offer their full cooperation if they are contacted by a representative of the county health department or school district. If you are not contacted there is no further action needed.

While we understand that you may want additional details, privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. 

In the event that further developments occur or if additional information regarding this matter becomes available to our school district, the school community will be kept informed.

As the number of cases of COVID-19 increases in our country and New York State, the district would like to remind everyone to maintain the strong habits we are developing as a school community:

  • Avoid large and small group gatherings such as parties or unstructured situations which bring people from different households into contact with each other.
  • Wear masks at all times when out in public, particularly when you cannot socially distance or when participating in such activities as club sports.
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not accessible.
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and in the event someone is sick, stay at home and contact your primary care provider.

Those with questions are advised to call the county health department directly at 518-270-2655 or contact the district’s COVID-19 Coordinator at Columbia High School at 518-207-2180.