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The following letter was sent to faculty, staff and parents on Tuesday, August 10.

Dear EGCSD Community,

By now you have likely heard that the NYS Department of Health will not be providing updated guidance to schools for the start of the 2021-22 school year. The East Greenbush Central School District has been working with other districts in the region, Questar III BOCES and the Rensselaer County Health Department to develop guidance which is consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The NYS Department of Health and the NYS Department of Education have both recommended that schools should follow CDC guidance when planning for the upcoming school year.

Earlier today, the NYS Education Department sent a memo to school districts stating it would be providing a summary guidance document to aid schools and districts as they prepare for the 2021-22 school year.

Finalized guidance for the opening of school in September will require our district to conduct a full review of the information contained in the NYS Education Department document. 

Superintendent Jeff Simons will be presenting an update regarding our reopening plans at tomorrow evening’s public Board of Education meeting, scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in the Columbia High School library. The public may attend the meeting in person or watch the live stream via

As Mr. Simons stated earlier this summer, our priority is to have all K-12 students return to full time in-person learning in September.

Thank you for your patience and your continued support of East Greenbush schools.