Budget Vote and Board Election

The East Greenbush CSD Budget Vote and Board Election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bell Top, Donald P. Sutherland, Green Meadow and Goff. Please be advised that school parking lots will be busy due to school buses and parent pickup and drop off at the following times: Bell Top, DPS and Green Meadow (8:45-9:00 a.m. and 3:20-3:35 p.m.) and Goff (7:25-7:40 a.m. and 2:35-2:50 p.m.). Residents can also vote by absentee ballot. An absentee ballot application is required. Visit egcsd.org/budget for more info.

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The East Greenbush Central School District was notified today that four individuals in the school district have tested positive for COVID-19 and two additional cases were confirmed last evening.

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.

Columbia High School

  • A student from Columbia has tested positive for COVID-19. There was no exposure at school related to this case. The student has been out of school since November 19.
  • A student from Columbia has tested positive for COVID-19. There was no exposure at school related to this case. The student has been out of school since December 3.
  • A student from Columbia has tested positive for COVID-19. Two employees and 15 students have been identified as contacts and must enter mandatory quarantine at home through December 21. All families impacted have been contacted by school administrators and given instructions related to mandatory quarantine. The quarantined students do not need to be tested for COVID-19 unless exhibiting symptoms or advised by a healthcare provider. Affected students will be placed on remote learning until they are released from quarantine.
  • A student from Columbia has tested positive for COVID-19. Twelve students have been identified as contacts and must enter mandatory quarantine at home through December 17. All families impacted have been contacted by school administrators and given instructions related to mandatory quarantine. The quarantined students do not need to be tested for COVID-19 unless exhibiting symptoms or advised by a healthcare provider. Affected students will be placed on remote learning until they are released from quarantine.

Howard L. Goff Middle School

  • A student from Goff has tested positive for COVID-19. There was no exposure at school related to this case. The student has been out of school since November 19.

Green Meadow Elementary School

  • An employee from Green Meadow has tested positive for COVID-19. There was no exposure at school related to this case. The employee was last in school on December 3.

Since the start of the school year, the district has been notified of 29 cases of COVID-19, including 12 in the past week.

Confirmed cases are increasing in our region and within the school community. According to the NYS Department of Health, private household gatherings are driving community spread (74% of cases). It should be noted that no cases to date have been contracted from inside our schools.

Health experts have said this is a critical time with cold weather moving people indoors and holiday gatherings approaching. It is possible our community will experience a surge upon surge in positive COVID-19 cases.

We encourage everyone in our school community to continue following these safety protocols:

  • 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.

We also ask you to carefully consider your potential holiday plans and reduce risk as much as possible.

For COVID-19 updates and information, visit egcsd.org/coronavirus.