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 March 27, 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 Until April 15
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday, March 27 that all public schools in New York State will remain closed until April 15 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. That date falls in the middle of our Spring Recess. However, at this point, the district has not received any further guidance from the NYS Education Department regarding the scheduled closing period and how that may affect Spring Recess. Once we have that guidance, we will inform the school community of any clarification. More Information.
Our school district is committed to providing educational resources for our students during this temporary break, 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. EGCSD Student Online Resources.
Free and Reduced Price Meals
East Greenbush CSD is offering free Grab n Go meals to our families in need during this temporary school break. Donald P. Sutherland and Red Mill Elementary Schools have been designated as the two pickup sites starting Thursday, March 19.
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 your family is eligible for Free and Reduced Meals, and have no means possible for pick up, delivery can be arranged through the Transportation Department. If delivery is needed, you MUST call the transportation office 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.
Even though schools are closed, the East Greenbush Central School District Backpack Programs will continue to serve our families. During this challenging time, however, we are expanding the Backpack Program to families in the school community who also are in need of food.
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.
If you’re interested in donating, you can drop off non-perishable items at Columbia High School.
- Monday, March 30
8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 31
8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
YMCA Providing School-Age Childcare for ‘Essential’ Workers
The Capital District YMCA is providing school-age childcare to cover all “essential” workers, as determined by New York State, during the Coronavirus pandemic. This would include licensed health professionals and emergency responders, but also, essential employees in manufacturing, retail, infrastructure, news media, financial institutions, construction, defense and more. View Complete List.
The daily rate for childcare costs $48 per child. However, financial assistance is available through the YMCA for those with financial hardship. Online Registration.
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.
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 students are being instructed in the areas of respiratory cough etiquette and hand washing. Students are encouraged to wash hands as frequently as possible, especially before and after eating, after recess and use of the bathroom.
Informational signs are being ordered and will be placed in each building to remind/encourage our students about good personal hygiene.
- All school buildings are cleaned, sanitized and disinfected regularly, including desks, door handles, bathrooms, hand rails and locks on lockers. Cleaning practices have been enhanced with both the solutions used and their frequency due to the Coronavirus.
- School buses also receive daily cleaning.
- Hand sanitizing stations (60% alcohol) have been ordered and will be available at specific locations in each school under staff supervision.
- Students are permitted to bring their own hand sanitizer from home.
To reduce the instances of community contact at our schools, and to protect students and staff, all field trips and some large community events through the end of March have been canceled and will be rescheduled if possible as we assess any changes that occur regarding Coronavirus or any additional guidance from state officials.
Canceling these larger community events will also allow our custodial staff to focus more on the necessary cleaning and disinfecting of our buildings, particularly in the evenings. As we receive more guidance from the NYS Education and Health Departments, there is potential for additional changes.
The following events have been postponed. Some may be rescheduled as we continue to assess the situation:
- All school field trips and assemblies through March 31
- Active Parenting of Teens Workshops – Goff
- 6th Grade Orientation (for parents of 5th graders) – March 10, Goff
- Parent Workshop: Self-Care for Parents – March 10, Columbia
- Red Mill Grandparents and Special Friends Day – March 12, Red Mill
- Grades 9-12 Evening Parent Conferences – March 12, Columbia (if you would like to schedule a private appointment, please contact your school)
- Community-Staff Basketball Game – March 13, Goff
- Goff Musical – March 13 and 14
- NYS Science Olympiad Championships – March 13-14 (High Schools) and April 17-18 (Middle Schools), Syracuse, NY
- Regional Graduation Measures Forum – March 18, Times Union Building
- Genet STEM Fair – March 18, Genet
- Dessert Night – March 18, Goff
- Parent Workshop: Social Media Safety – March 18, Genet
- Budget Review Session #2 – March 19, Genet
- Grades 6-8 Evening Parent Conferences – March 19 (if you would like to schedule a private appointment, please contact your school)
- Spring Meet the Coaches Night – March 23, Columbia
- CHS Pops Concerts – March 24 and 26
- Board of Education Meeting – March 25, Genet
- NYS ELA Exams (Grades 3-8) – March 25 and 26
- College Caravan – March 26, Columbia
- Goff Activity Night – March 27, Goff
- Parent Workshop: Addressing Defiance at Home – March 31, Genet
- Capital Region Education Job Fair – April 6, Guilderland High School
- 8th Grade French Class Trip to Montreal – May 15
- GAPP Summer Trip to Germany – Summer 2020
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
- 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)