This webpage is being updated regularly as new information is provided to the East Greenbush CSD by the NYS Health and Education Departments. Last updated June 2, 2020.
The East Greenbush Central School District continues to monitor the situation regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). District administrators are meeting regularly and are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the NYS Department of Education.
New York Public Schools Remain Closed Through End of 2019-20 School Year
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on May 1 that all public schools in New York State will remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Board of Education Approves Calendar Change to End School Year on June 15
The East Greenbush Central School District Board of Education approved a change to the school calendar at its meeting on May 21 that would end the year for students and online instruction on June 15. The last day for faculty and other 10-month employees would be a Professional Development Day on June 16.
The motion was brought to the board by Superintendent Jeff Simons to account for the lost spring recess, which without any action, would have put staff over the maximum number of work days in their contracts. The change will also give relief to families who have been overseeing distance learning from home since mid-March.
Meal services and the childcare program will continue through June 30 pending further guidance from the state.
The calendar changes are subject to any future directives or mandates from the state.
Summer School Will Be Conducted Through Distance Learning
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on May 21 that summer school will be conducted through distance learning at all schools in New York due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In the East Greenbush Central School District, the 6-week summer school program will start on July 6 and end on August 14. Families with students who qualify for summer school will be contacted by the child’s special education teacher regarding this year’s program.
Our school district is committed to providing educational resources for our students during this extended school closing, but we also realize that you cannot replicate the school day for your child. District staff will contact you directly with self or parent-guided materials, either online or in some cases through paper packets. We encourage you to maintain a schedule and routine to provide as much normalcy as possible for your child.
Alternate Grading and Reporting Practices
In recognition that the entire 4th and final marking period for grades 6-12 and the large majority of the 3rd and final marking period for Grades K-5 has occurred during a time of required remote teaching and learning and that there has been a variety of resources and supports that have been available to students, staff, faculty, and parents we have decided to implement alternate grading and reporting practices for the end of this 2019-20 school year.
At the K-5 level, the 3rd marking period will be a simple narrative and for grades 6-12, we will move to a PASS/FAIL model for the 4th marking period. View Grading and Reporting Newsletter.
Free Grab n Go Meals
East Greenbush CSD is offering free Grab n Go meals to our families in need during this temporary school closing. Donald P. Sutherland and Red Mill Elementary Schools have been designated as the two pickup sites.
Meal Pick Up Times:
- Donald P. Sutherland, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Red Mill, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If delivery is needed, you MUST call the Transportation Department at 518-477-9288 between the hours of 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Lunches will then be delivered between 11 a.m.-Noon. We will be unable to come to the door, so we ask that the parent/guardian/student come to the bus. Grab and Go meals will have perishable items and can not be left unattended.
Food for Families
During this challenging time, the East Greenbush Central School District is providing food to families in need from our school community. This service is open to anyone. If you are in need of food, please contact Athletic Director Michael Leonard at LeonarMi@egcsd.org or School Social Worker Audra Di Bacco at DiBaccau@egcsd.org to make arrangements for pickup or delivery. Donations are also being accepted.
Columbia High School, 962 Luther Rd., East Greenbush, NY 12061
- Wednesday, June 3, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
- Monday, June 8, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 10, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
- Monday, June 15, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 17, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
- Monday, June 22, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 24, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
- Monday, June 29, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Suggested Donation Items:
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Fruit/Fruit Cups
- Snacks (Crackers, Chips, Goldfish, Fruit Snacks, Rice Krispie Treats)
- Juice Boxes
- Canned Vegetables
- Rice (Bags or Boxes)
- Boxed Potatoes
- Pop Tarts
- Granola Bars
- Tuna Fish
- Canned Chicken
- Beans (Bags or Boxes)
- Chef Boyardee/Spaghettio’s
Childcare for ‘Essential’ Workers
The East Greenbush Central School District has expanded its partnerships with local childcare providers during the current school closing. Parents considered “essential” workers, as determined by New York State, will be eligible for free childcare at the following providers until further notice. Anyone interested should contact the childcare providers directly.
- Bloom and Grow — 706 Bloomingrove Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144
- Creative Minds Daycare — Stowe Ave., Troy, NY 12180
- Howard L. Goff Middle School — 35 Gilligan Rd., East Greenbush, NY 12061 (operated by Greenbush YMCA)
- Viking Child Care Center — Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY 12180
All Kindergarten Screenings, which were scheduled at the elementary schools during the first two weeks of May, have been postponed until further notice.
Budget Vote and Board Election Rescheduled to June 9
All school budget votes and board elections in New York State have been delayed until Tuesday, June 9, according to an executive order from Governor Andrew Cuomo. All voting will be conducted by mail and all qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot with return postage paid. More Information.
June and August Regents Examinations Canceled
On April 7, Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa announced that the June 2020 Regents Examinations will be canceled. On April 30, NYS Education Department Interim Commissioner Shannon L. Tahoe announced that the August 2020 Regents Examinations will be canceled.
NYS Education Department Suspends Elementary- and Intermediate-Level State Assessments for Remainder of School Year
The school closures caused by Novel Coronavirus are unprecedented and so, the NYS Education Department has suspended administrations of the 2020 elementary- and intermediate-level State assessments have been suspended for the remainder of this school year. More Information.
This suspension for the remainder of the school year applies to the following New York State testing programs:
- New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
- New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
- New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
- New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
- New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and
- New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.
At this time, AP Exams have been rescheduled to May 11-22 and they will be administered online at home or in schools if they were to re-open by that time. Parents and students can expect to receive further information from their child’s teacher, the guidance office, and the AP test center. If you are concerned that you will not have internet access or an electronic device to complete the exam please contact Kim Sabella at email@example.com or Sophia Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information and online resources including lessons are available at the College Board website.
2019-20 AP Exam Information:
- Exams will be given from May 11–22. View the full testing schedule.
- Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.
- Students can take exams at home or in schools if they reopen.
- Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.
- The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March.
- Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They’ll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones.
- For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
- On March 25, the College Board began offering free live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The courses have been viewed more than 3.2 million times since they became available.
- The College Board knows that not all students have access to the internet or a device. They are working on solutions to help students get what they need to show their best work. If you need mobile tools or connectivity or know someone who does, you can contact them directly.
- The exams will be secure. The College Board is using a variety of digital security tools, including plagiarism detection software.
About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can lead to fever, cough and trouble breathing or shortness of breath. While most confirmed cases (approximately 80%) lead to mild symptoms, there can be more severe cases, and even death, especially among older adults and those who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.
The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms such as:
- Trouble Breathing
CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this virus. Like with all viruses and illnesses, there’s a tremendous reliance on individual precautions. The NYS Department of Health recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including COVID-2019:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
All school activities including field trips, concerts, athletics and PTO meetings are canceled while schools remain closed. An updated list can be found below:
- NYS Grades 4 and 8 Science Written Test – June 1 (CANCELED)
- 7th Grade Class Trip to Philadelphia – June 4-5 (CANCELED/WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED)
- CHS Senior Prom – June 5 (POSTPONED)
- June SAT – June 6, CHS (CANCELED)
- All Sports Club Meeting – June 8, CHS (CANCELED/WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED)
- Regents and Local Examinations – June 17-25 (CANCELED)
- Elevation Celebration – June 25 (POSTPONED)
- CHS Graduation – June 27 (POSTPONED UNTIL JULY)
- GAPP Summer Trip to Germany – Summer 2020 (POSTPONED)
- Regents and Local Examinations – August 13-14 (CANCELED)
External Groups Renting Space Inside Schools
The district has temporarily canceled all external group rentals inside our schools to help reduce the potential for community spread of COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Homeland Security are applying travel restrictions and quarantines, as appropriate, for people traveling internationally. Students and staff returning from currently impacted countries or regions of impacted countries will be required to be under precautionary quarantine for 14 days upon return.
The local county health departments are charged with enforcing any restrictions placed on returning travelers or persons under investigation. The school does not and cannot impose restrictions on residents beyond those enforced by the government.
The CDC has provided guidelines for travelers, and we ask anyone traveling or returning to the country to follow all relevant recommendations/directives. More Information.
If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.
Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The district is prepared to work with any affected families.
In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms. The district will continue to share information as it becomes available.
Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.
- Novel Coronavirus (NYS Department of Health)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)
- Information for Travel (CDC)
- FAQ for Travelers (CDC)
- Prevention & Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)
- FAQ: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)
- School (PreK-12) Guidance: COVID-19 (NYS Education Department)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus (New York Times)
- COVID-19 Contact Information for Rensselaer County/New York State
- Doctor On Demand – Coronavirus Risk Assessment
- Free/No-Cost Access to Telemedicine Services (for CDPHP and MVP Health Care members)
- CHS Counseling Website
- Employee Rights Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Town of East Greenbush Resources
- COVID-19 Plans Submitted to State Education Department
- NYS Departments of Health and Education Share Information About New Coronavirus (February 6)
- Letter from Superintendent Simons Regarding Coronavirus (February 28)
- Coronavirus Update: East Greenbush CSD Postpones Large Community Events (March 10)
- Coronavirus Update: External Group Rentals Suspended (March 12)
- Coronavirus Update: Superintendent’s Conference Day Called for Monday, March 16 (March 13)
- Coronavirus Update: Chromebooks Being Sent Home with Students in Grades 3-5 (March 13)
- Coronavirus Update: East Greenbush CSD Cancels Classes Through March 27 (March 14)
- Coronavirus Update: East Greenbush CSD Cancels Classes for Tuesday, March 17 (March 16)
- Coronavirus Update: New York Public Schools Closed Through April 1 (March 16)
- Letter from Rensselaer County Department of Health to Residents (March 16)
- Video: Questar III and Rensselaer County Press Conference (March 17)
- East Greenbush CSD Expands Backpack Program for School Community Families (March 18)
- Coronavirus Update: Free and Reduced Price Meal Information (March 18)
- Greenbush YMCA to Provide School-Age Childcare for Emergency Personnel (March 19)
- NYS Education Department Suspends Elementary- and Intermediate-Level State Assessments for Remainder of School Year (March 20)
- PBS to Broadcast Educational Content for Pre-K Through 12th Grade (March 21)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Your National Grid Service: What to Know (March 23)
- YMCA Expands School-Age Childcare for ‘Essential’ Workers (March 23)
- Live Facebook Q&A with Superintendent Jeff Simons Scheduled for March 31 (March 25)
- District Providing Free Childcare for ‘Essential’ Workers (March 26)
- District Announces More Dates for Backpack Program Drop Off/Pickup (March 27)
- Free Childcare Offered at Goff Middle School Starting March 30 (March 27)
- Coronavirus Update: New York Public Schools Remain Closed Until April 15 (March 27)
- Video: We Love You DPS Song! (March 30)
- Video: We Miss You Red Mill! (March 30)
- Bell Top Schedules Instructional Packet Pickups (March 30)
- Genet Schedules Curriculum Resource Pickup Date for April 1 (March 30)
- Green Meadow Mailing New Work Packets Home (March 31)
- Goff Class Field Trips Canceled, Full Refunds Available to Families (March 31)
- Red Mill Schedules Curriculum Resource Pickup Date for April 1 (March 31)
- Coronavirus Update: Governor Extends School Closings Until April 15, Spring Break Canceled
- District Announces More Dates Offering Food to Families (April 1)
- Coronavirus Update: Schools Remain Closed Until April 29, June Regents Exams Canceled (April 6)
- District Schedules More Dates for Offering Food to Families (April 9)
- Red Mill Schedules Curriculum Resource Pickup Date for April 20 (April 14)
- Remote Learning Guidelines Newsletter (April 14)
- Coronavirus Update: Schools Remain Closed through May 15 (April 17)
- Parent Resources: Substance Abuse Prevention (April 29)
- District Extends ‘Food for Families’ Program (April 30)
- Coronavirus Update: Schools Remain Closed through End of School Year (May 1)
- In the Absence of Class Field Trips, Goff Librarian Creates Virtual Tours of Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. (May 6)
- Budget Vote and Board Election Rescheduled to June 9, Vote Will Be Conducted By Mail (May 7)
- East Greenbush CSD to Host Virtual Community Forum – May 14 (May 8)
- Parent Workshop: When Your Child is Anxious – May 18 (May 11)
- District Extends ‘Food for Families’ Program Through End of June (May 14)
- Video: The ‘Art Show’ Must Go On (May 14)
- Watch: Virtual Community Forum (May 14)
- Video: Columbia Class of 2020 Announces College Decisions and Future Plans (May 18)
- Board of Education Approves Calendar Change to End School Year on June 15 (May 21)
- Summer School Will Be Conducted Through Distance Learning (May 26)
- Columbia Schedules Senior Family Celebration for Drive-In Theatre in June, Postpones Diploma Ceremony to July (June 1)
- Columbia Schedules Locker Cleanout and Cap and Gown Pickup (June 2)