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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The East Greenbush Central School District, in coordination with the Rensselaer County Health Department, has completed its contact tracing following Monday’s notification of a positive case of COVID-19 at Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School.

Based on class rosters, seating charts and other information, 19 students and five employees have been identified as contacts and must enter mandatory quarantine at home through Monday, December 14. All families impacted have been contacted by school administrators and given instructions related to mandatory quarantine. Affected students will be placed on remote learning until they are released from quarantine.

All other DPS students will return to their normal schedules for the rest of the week.

The students who have been quarantined have been asked to complete the COVID-19 Screening Form daily and report any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever (greater than 100 degrees), cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

The district is also asking families of the students in quarantine to voluntarily keep any siblings at home through the end of their quarantine out of an abundance of caution.

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.

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.