This webpage is being updated regularly as new information becomes available. Last updated January 20, 2021.
The East Greenbush Central School District continues to monitor the situation regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). District administrators are meeting regularly with each other, with the Rensselaer County Health Department and other local school districts. We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the NYS Department of Education.
East Greenbush CSD Prepares for COVID-19 Testing at Schools
The East Greenbush Central School District has developed a COVID-19 Testing Program informed by New York State’s Micro-Cluster Strategy. The state’s micro-cluster strategy will mandate testing in Yellow, Orange, or Red micro-cluster zones, based on infection rates, daily new cases and hospital capacity. If a zip code, census tract or region is placed in one of those zones by the state, there will be restrictions for schools.
While the district is not currently in one of these zones, this plan allows for rapid testing at schools to ensure in-person learning can continue should we enter a Yellow, Orange or Red Zone.
- View Letter from Superintendent Jeff Simons
- EGCSD COVID-19 Testing Plan
- Video: COVID-19 Testing Process
NYS Updates Quarantine Policy for Contacts with No Symptoms
New York State officially revised its quarantine protocol timetable for close contacts of positive COVID-19 patients to align with the guidance put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC has adjusted its recommendations, allowing for a 10-day quarantine period if no symptoms are shown throughout the first 10 days. The East Greenbush Central School District recognizes the burden that a 14-day quarantine places on our students, staff, and families, and will honor the new guidelines laid out by state and federal health organizations.
Effective immediately, students and staff members identified as contacts who are not symptomatic may return to school/work after they have completed their 10-day quarantine. Those individuals should complete the COVID-19 Screening Form daily throughout their quarantine period.
New York State Travel Advisory
Effective November 4, 2020, any staff member or student who travels to another state, other than those contiguous to New York, may “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine to return to in-person work or school. Travel to and from states contiguous to New York (Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) are exempt from the quarantine requirements. More information.
Return to School Requirements Following COVID-19 Symptoms
The East Greenbush Central School District has shared updated state requirements for when students can return to school after showing COVID-19 symptoms. Families will no longer need to submit a doctor’s note AND a negative COVID test result any time a student shows symptoms of COVID-19. The new process requires the student to be examined by their health care provider, who has the option of ordering a COVID test or giving a different diagnosis (e.g., a chronic condition unrelated to COVID-19).
If the health care provider orders a COVID test, the student can return to school only with a doctor’s note and the negative test results. If a COVID test is not ordered, the student can return to school with a doctor’s note stating the alternate diagnosis.
- Return to School After Illness Form (must be completed by primary care provider)
- Flowchart for Students/Staff Returning to School
Columbia Junior and Senior Proms Postponed
Based on the present guidelines for social distancing and the uncertainty of what the spring holds, at this time both the Columbia High School Junior and Senior proms have been postponed for the Spring of 2021. Please know that Columbia High School’s administrators and class advisors will continue to monitor the situation in hope that these events might be held if circumstances allow.
NYS Education Department Cancels January 2021 Regents Examinations
The January 2021 Regents Examinations have been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to Interim State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa. No decision has been made regarding the June and August 2021 Regents Exams. More information.
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.
Free Meals for All Students Through June 30, 2021
The East Greenbush Central School District will provide free breakfast and lunch to any student enrolled in the district, age 19 and under, through June 30, 2021. The USDA is covering all costs. More information.
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 on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. around the back of Columbia High School.
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
About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever (temperature of greater than 100.0° F in the last 14 days)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or Vomiting
COVID Testing Sites
COVID-19 testing sites can be found at the following link: https://coronavirus.health.ny.
The NYS Department of Health recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including COVID-19:
- Wear a face covering (cloth mask or surgical mask that covers the mouth and nose) when you are in public.
- 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. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
- 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.
Two vaccines have been authorized by the FDA and approved by New York State’s independent COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force: One that was developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and another that was developed by Moderna. Both vaccines require two doses. Due to limited supply from the federal government, availability is limited. More and more New Yorkers will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases. While the vaccination process is underway, every New Yorker should wear a mask, social distance and avoid small and large gatherings.
As of January 11, 2021, New Yorkers in Phase 1a and segments of Phase 1b are eligible for the vaccines. ALL VACCINATIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 65 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. Residents and staff at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will continue to be vaccinated through a federal program, which the state is providing resources to accelerate.
- Health care workers who are part of Phase 1a will continue to be vaccinated at hospitals and other clinical settings.
- People age 65 and over will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and other sites that are part of the “retail network.” Use our online tool to find a location. The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM – 10PM, 7 days a week, for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
- Public employees (for example, police departments, public school teachers and MTA employees) will primarily be vaccinated through their groups’ relevant health programs or as organized by their unions.
- Second dose appointments will be booked AT the site where you receive your first shot. Remember: Both vaccines require two doses for effectiveness.
New York State has issued a travel advisory for anyone returning from travel to states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. View Travel Advisory.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Homeland Security are applying travel restrictions and quarantines, as appropriate, for people traveling internationally. 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.
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)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus (New York Times)
- 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
- Family Resources to Support Health and Wellness
- Return to School After Illness Form
- Video: Supporting Your Child During COVID-19 Nasal Swab Testing (Mayo Clinic)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information (NYS Department of Health)
- Eight New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD (January 20)
- Seven New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD (January 19)
- One New COVID Case Reported to East Greenbush CSD (January 18)
- One New COVID Case Reported to East Greenbush CSD, No Others Quarantined (January 17)
- Four New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD, No Others Quarantined (January 15)
- Two New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD, No Others Quarantined (January 14)
- Three New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD, No Others Quarantined (January 13)
- One New COVID Case Reported to East Greenbush CSD (January 12)
- Two New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD (January 11)
- Two New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD, No Others Quarantined (January 9)
- Four New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD, No Others Quarantined (January 8)
- Five New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD (January 7)
- Four New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD (January 6)
- Six New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD, No Others Quarantined (January 5)
- East Greenbush CSD Prepares for COVID-19 Testing at Schools (January 5)
- NYS Updates Quarantine Policy for Contacts with No Symptoms (January 4)
- Three New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD, No Others Quarantined (January 3)
- East Greenbush CSD Open for In-Person Learning on January 4 (January 3)
- Three New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD (January 1)
- Six New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD (December 31)
- East Greenbush CSD Resumes K-12 Hybrid Model on January 4 (December 30)
- Three New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD, No Others Quarantined (December 30)
- Nine New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD (December 28)
- Columbia Student Tests Positive for COVID-19, No Others Quarantined (December 23)
- Three New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD (December 22)
- Green Meadow Student Tests Positive for COVID-19, No Others Quarantined (December 20)
- Goff Middle School Student Tests Positive for COVID-19, No Others Quarantined (December 19)
- East Greenbush CSD Switching to Live Virtual Instruction – December 21-23 (December 18)
- Three New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD (December 16)
- NYS Micro-Cluster Zone Information (December 14)
- Columbia and Green Meadow Students Test Positive for COVID-19, No Others Quarantined (December 14)
- Six New COVID Cases Reported to East Greenbush CSD (December 11)
- Donald P. Sutherland and Genet Elementary School Students Test Positive for COVID-19, No Others Quarantined (December 10
- Goff Student Tests Positive for COVID-19, 6 Students Quarantined as a Precaution (December 9)
- DPS Returns to Normal Hybrid Schedule, 19 Students and 5 Employees Quarantined Due to Case of COVID-19 (December 9)
- Goff Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19, No Others Quarantined (December 8)
- DPS Student Tests Positive for COVID-19, 5th Grade B Day Students Switch to Virtual Instruction for December 8 (December 7)
- Individual from Goff Middle School Tests Positive for COVID-19, 12 Students Quarantined as a Precaution (December 6)
- Goff Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19, 7 Employees and 5 Students Quarantined as a Precaution (December 3)
- Goff Student, Who Has Not Been In School Since November 20, Tests Positive for COVID-19 (December 2)
- Bell Top Substitute Employee, Who Has Not Had Contact with Students, Tests Positive for COVID-19 (November 30)
- Bus Driver Tests Positive for COVID-19, 45 Students and Two Employees Quarantined as a Precaution (November 29)
- Questar Student Who Attends Program at Columbia High School Tests Positive for COVID-19 (November 25)
- Green Meadow Student Tests Positive for COVID-19, 12 Students and 1 Employee Quarantined as a Precaution (November 24)
- Genet Student Tests Positive for COVID-19, 24 Students and 7 Employees Quarantined as a Precaution (November 20)
- Columbia Will Reopen for In-Person Learning on Friday, 45 Students and One Employee Quarantined Due to Case of COVID-19 (November 19)
- Columbia Switching to Virtual Learning for November 19 Due to Positive Case of COVID-19 (November 18)
- Genet Employee, Who Has Not Had Contact with Students, Tests Positive for COVID-19 (November 18)
- Contact of Student in Attendance at Social Gathering on Halloween Tests Positive for COVID-19 (November 16)
- NYS Education Department Cancels January 2021 Regents Examinations (November 12)
- New York State Issues Updated Travel Advisory (November 10)
- Second Columbia Student from Recent Social Gathering Tests Positive for COVID-19 (November 9)
- Columbia Student Tests Positive for COVID-19 (November 5)
- Meet New COVID-19 Coordinator Karen Vincent (October 30)
- Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame Celebration Rescheduled to May 8, 2021 (October 23)
- Columbia Student, Who Has Not Been In School Since October 5, Tests Positive for COVID-19 (October 13)
- New York State Updates Return to School Requirements (October 2)
- Goff Student, Who Has Not Been In School Since September 21, Tests Positive for COVID-19 (September 30)
- District Updates Families on Return to School Requirements Following an Illness (September 30)
- Columbia Cancels SAT Exams Through December (September 15)
- Columbia Student, Who Was Not In School Monday, Tests Positive for COVID-19 (September 14)
- District Shares COVID-19 Health Screening Form (September 11)
- Back to School Information (September 11)
- Low- and Moderate-Risk Fall Sports to Start September 21; Football, Volleyball and Cheer Postponed to March 2021 (September 11)
- Advisory Regarding Possible COVID-19 Exposure at SAT Exam at Columbia High School on August 29 (September 4)
- East Greenbush CSD Shares Child Care Options for Families (August 25)
- Watch: Reopening Community Forum – August 18 (August 18)
- District Shares Updated Reopening Plans for Full Remote Option, Contact Tracing and Testing (August 14)
- East Greenbush CSD Offers Enrollment Choice Options for the 2020-21 School Year (August 14)
- Watch: Reopening Community Forum – August 13 (August 13)
- First Day of School Delayed to September 14 (August 13)
- Reopening Community Forum Schedule (August 12)
- East Greenbush CSD Submitted Reopening Plan to State on July 30 (August 10)
- New York State Schools Permitted to Reopen in September (August 7)
- Watch: Reopening Community Forum (August 5)
- East Greenbush CSD to Host Reopening Community Forums – August 5 and 13 (August 3)
- District Extends ‘Food for Families’ Program Through August (July 31)
- District Presents Preliminary Reopening Plan at Board of Education Meeting (July 30)
- District Proposes Hybrid Model for Reopening Schools this Fall (July 27)
- District to Share Preliminary Reopening Plan with School Community on July 27 (July 24)
- State Education Department Issues Guidance to Reopen New York State Schools (July 16)
- NYSPHSAA Delays Fall Sports and Cancels Fall Championships (July 16)
- District Reviewing State Guidance for Reopening Schools (July 14)
- Coronavirus Update: State Schedules Deadlines for School Reopening Plans (July 8)
- Grab n Go Meal Program to Continue Through Summer (July 2)
- District to Host Board of Education Meetings at Columbia Library, Will Continue to Live Stream for Public (July 1)
- District Creates School Opening Task Force (June 26)
- District Extends ‘Food for Families’ Program Into July (June 25)
- Columbia Outdoor Basketball Courts Closed for Maintenance (June 19)
- Two District Administrators Selected for Re-Opening Task Force (June 18)
- Columbia High School Schedules Diploma Ceremonies for June 27 (June 11)
- State Extends Deadline for Mail-In Voting to June 16 (June 8)
- Goff Schedules 8th Grade Elevation Celebration Parade for June 15 (June 5)
- ‘Paint the Town Blue’ and Celebrate the Columbia Class of 2020 (June 5)
- Columbia Student Helps Fight COVID-19 By Making Face Shields for Health Care Workers (June 2)
- Columbia Schedules Locker Cleanout and Cap and Gown Pickup (June 2)
- Columbia Schedules Senior Family Celebration for Drive-In Theatre in June, Postpones Diploma Ceremony to July (June 1)
- Summer School Will Be Conducted Through Distance Learning (May 26)
- Board of Education Approves Calendar Change to End School Year on June 15 (May 21)
- Video: Columbia Class of 2020 Announces College Decisions and Future Plans (May 18)
- Watch: Virtual Community Forum (May 14)
- Video: The ‘Art Show’ Must Go On (May 14)
- District Extends ‘Food for Families’ Program Through End of June (May 14)
- Parent Workshop: When Your Child is Anxious – May 18 (May 11)
- East Greenbush CSD to Host Virtual Community Forum – May 14 (May 8)
- Budget Vote and Board Election Rescheduled to June 9, Vote Will Be Conducted By Mail (May 7)
- In the Absence of Class Field Trips, Goff Librarian Creates Virtual Tours of Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. (May 6)
- Coronavirus Update: Schools Remain Closed through End of School Year (May 1)
- District Extends ‘Food for Families’ Program (April 30)
- Parent Resources: Substance Abuse Prevention (April 29)
- Coronavirus Update: Schools Remain Closed through May 15 (April 17)
- Remote Learning Guidelines Newsletter (April 14)
- Red Mill Schedules Curriculum Resource Pickup Date for April 20 (April 14)
- District Schedules More Dates for Offering Food to Families (April 9)
- Coronavirus Update: Schools Remain Closed Until April 29, June Regents Exams Canceled (April 6)
- District Announces More Dates Offering Food to Families (April 1)
- Coronavirus Update: Governor Extends School Closings Until April 15, Spring Break Canceled (April 1)
- Red Mill Schedules Curriculum Resource Pickup Date for April 1 (March 31)
- Goff Class Field Trips Canceled, Full Refunds Available to Families (March 31)
- Green Meadow Mailing New Work Packets Home (March 31)
- Genet Schedules Curriculum Resource Pickup Date for April 1 (March 30)
- Bell Top Schedules Instructional Packet Pickups (March 30)
- Video: We Miss You Red Mill! (March 30)
- Video: We Love You DPS Song! (March 30)
- Coronavirus Update: New York Public Schools Remain Closed Until April 15 (March 27)
- Free Childcare Offered at Goff Middle School Starting March 30 (March 27)
- District Announces More Dates for Backpack Program Drop Off/Pickup (March 27)
- District Providing Free Childcare for ‘Essential’ Workers (March 26)
- Live Facebook Q&A with Superintendent Jeff Simons Scheduled for March 31 (March 25)
- YMCA Expands School-Age Childcare for ‘Essential’ Workers (March 23)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Your National Grid Service: What to Know (March 23)
- PBS to Broadcast Educational Content for Pre-K Through 12th Grade (March 21)
- NYS Education Department Suspends Elementary- and Intermediate-Level State Assessments for Remainder of School Year (March 20)
- Greenbush YMCA to Provide School-Age Childcare for Emergency Personnel (March 19)
- Coronavirus Update: Free and Reduced Price Meal Information (March 18)
- East Greenbush CSD Expands Backpack Program for School Community Families (March 18)
- Video: Questar III and Rensselaer County Press Conference (March 17)
- Letter from Rensselaer County Department of Health to Residents (March 16)
- Coronavirus Update: New York Public Schools Closed Through April 1 (March 16)
- Coronavirus Update: East Greenbush CSD Cancels Classes for Tuesday, March 17 (March 16)
- Coronavirus Update: East Greenbush CSD Cancels Classes Through March 27 (March 14)
- Coronavirus Update: Chromebooks Being Sent Home with Students in Grades 3-5 (March 13)
- Coronavirus Update: Superintendent’s Conference Day Called for Monday, March 16 (March 13)
- Coronavirus Update: External Group Rentals Suspended (March 12)
- Coronavirus Update: East Greenbush CSD Postpones Large Community Events (March 10)
- Letter from Superintendent Simons Regarding Coronavirus (February 28)
- NYS Departments of Health and Education Share Information About New Coronavirus (February 6)