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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Lighthouse 1:1 Chromebook Program

Goff students using chromebooks in classThe Lighthouse 1:1 Program puts a Google Chromebook in the hands of every student in grades 3-12.

Having Chromebooks for each student, rather than the old model of sharing Chromebook carts throughout the schools or reserving time in a computer lab, will improve access to technology and allow them to:

  • perform research using the internet
  • use Google products such as Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, G-Mail and Drawing
  • use Google Classroom to share documents with teachers and classmates
  • follow teacher lessons as they are being taught in class
  • develop digital portfolios and 21st century skills
  • learn digital citizenship

Beginning in September 2018, students in grades 6-12 were able to bring their Chromebooks home to complete homework and other school projects. They are required to bring them to school each day.

Students in grades 3-5 make use of their own dedicated Chromebook computer in their classrooms. The devices remain at school and are ready every day for student use.

“These devices will be used to support both teaching and learning,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction James McHugh. “This will allow educators the ability to infuse technology into their classrooms by enhancing learning experiences, expanding upon instructional resources and increasing student engagement and motivation. These devices lend themselves to new opportunities and increased productivity.”

The district created this program through Smart School state funding that was approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The district was allocated $2,312,974 in state funding after the Smart Schools Bond Act was approved in a state-wide election.

Chromebook Maintenance Program

East Greenbush Central School District is offering an optional Chromebook Maintenance Program via A one-time $26 fee will cover repairs for accidental breaks of the chromebook for its 3-year expected life. Repairs are free for up to two accidental instances through this program. Families may purchase the optional Chromebook Maintenance Program no later than September 30, 2018.