Columbia Graduation - Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m.

Columbia High School is hosting an in-person Graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. in the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College.

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Coronavirus Updates

This webpage is being updated regularly as new information becomes available. Last updated June 24, 2022.

The East Greenbush Central School District continues to monitor the situation regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). District administrators meet regularly with each other, with the Rensselaer County Health Department and other local school districts. We continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and guidance from the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Education Department.

Form Required for Completion of Isolation

As part of the state’s updated guidance regarding requirements for isolation, an affirmation form for parents of students and for employees must be submitted to the school once the isolation period has been completed.

New Cases

Friday, June 24

  • Howard L. Goff Middle School – 1 case

Thursday, June 23

  • Bell Top Elementary School – 1 case

Wednesday, June 22

  • Howard L. Goff Middle School – 5 cases
  • Genet Elementary School – 1 case
  • Bell Top Elementary School – 1 case
  • Red Mill Elementary School – 1 case

Tuesday, June 21

  • Howard L. Goff Middle School – 3 cases
  • Genet Elementary School – 1 case
  • Red Mill Elementary School – 1 case

View NYS COVID-19 Report Card

Health and Safety Procedures

Face Masks

  • Face masks are optional for all students, staff and visitors inside schools and on school buses regardless of vaccination status, effective March 2, 2022.
  • Masks are also optional when outdoors on school property.
  • Masks are required upon return from isolation during days 6 through 10 after COVID-19 infection.
  • Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are recommended to wear a mask for 10 days from exposure if they are identified as a close contact (Exception: Individuals who have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days are not recommended to wear a mask).

Quarantine

  • Contacts are no longer required to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic.
  • Instead, it is recommended that those individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask for 10 days and test twice.

Social Distancing

  • Minimum of 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms.
  • General Music, Chorus and Orchestra must maintain 3 feet social distancing. 
  • When indoors, Physical Education should have 6 feet social distancing.

Ventilation

  • Improved ventilation inside schools by utilizing a purge cycle program, running exhaust fans 24/7, repairing and replacing exhaust fans, upgrading air filters and utilizing air purifiers in offices and rooms where needed.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Continued regular cleaning and disinfecting of school buildings, buses and high-touch areas.

COVID-19 Testing Program

As part of a continued effort to prioritize the health and safety of students and staff while maintaining in-person learning, the East Greenbush Central School District is implementing Surveillance testing and Point of Care testing in its schools.

  • Surveillance Testing
    • Surveillance testing is being conducted weekly for unvaccinated school district employees.
  • Point of Care Testing
    • Point of Care testing for COVID-19 began in all schools starting Monday, December 13. If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms during the school day, they can visit the Health Office and be tested for COVID-19.
    • Only students who have parent consent may be tested for COVID-19 at school.
    • The school district’s Point of Care testing program is only for those students who develop symptoms while they are at school and it will not be used as a regular testing site at this time. The school Health Offices have a limited supply of tests and nurses are tending to their regular responsibilities related to student care.

COVID-19 Prevention

  • Every morning before school, please check your child for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If your child displays a COVID-19 symptom, please keep them at home and call your school immediately.
  • In the event someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19:
    • Contact your school and inform them of the positive case
    • School district will begin contact tracing
    • In some instances you may be advised to keep both the child who is positive and siblings home from school
    • School district will email parents of “close contacts” identified through contact tracing

What is a Close Contact?

A “close contact” is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). 

East Greenbush CSD will notify parents/guardians if their children have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 at school, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Students/staff identified as contacts are not required to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic.
    • Instead, it is recommended, regardless of vaccination status, that the individual wears a mask for 10 days from exposure and tests twice within the five-day period following exposure.
    • Individuals who have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days are not recommended to test or wear a mask.

Contact Tracing Procedures

The East Greenbush CSD is required to conduct contact tracing for positive cases of COVID-19. 

  • Columbia and Goff
    • Group Contact Tracing – Individuals are identified as being exposed because they were in the same room of an infected individual for more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period (e.g., class in the same room, lunch in the cafeteria, physical education class in the gym).
    • Parents who have students identified as contacts through group contact tracing will receive a letter of notification via email, regardless of vaccination status. The letter includes recommendations including mask wearing and testing.
    • Contacts are not required to quarantine. As long as contacts remain asymptomatic, they can continue to attend school.
  • Elementary Schools
    • Individual Contact Tracing – Individuals are identified as being exposed because they were within 6 feet of an infected individual for more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period.
    • Parents who have students identified as contacts through individual contact tracing will receive a phone call.
    • Contacts are not required to quarantine. As long as contacts remain asymptomatic, they can continue to attend school.

5-Day Isolation Policy

The New York State Department of Health has adopted a CDC recommendation on shortening isolation to 5 days for the general population including students and school staff. Based on interim guidance received by the school district, this new policy will take effect in the East Greenbush Central School District starting Friday, January 7, 2022.

According to the CDC, this “change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.”

Isolation

A person must isolate when they are sick or when they have been infected with the virus, even if they don’t have symptoms.

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, please follow these steps:

  • Keep your child home and test them for COVID-19 (at-home tests are now accepted).
    • If test result is positive:
      • Contact your school nurse and inform them of the test result.
      • Isolate at home for 5 days. Day 0 would be the date symptoms started. 
      • Return to school on Day 6 if symptoms have resolved or are improving (fever free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication and no cough or runny nose). Masks required for Days 6 through 10.
      • Individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should isolate for 10 days.
      • Notify any individuals who have had close contact with your child recently.
    • If test result is negative:
      • Contact your school nurse and inform them of the test result.
      • Return to school when symptoms have improved.
      • Stay at home if fever, cough or runny nose persist.
  • Submit the Affirmation of Isolation Form to your school the day they return. (This is a fillable form so you can type in it, save it, and then email it to the school. Or you can print the form and have your child bring it to school.)

COVID-19 Testing Sites

COVID-19 testing sites can be found at the following link: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.

COVID-19 Vaccine

All eligible students and employees are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals ages 5+ and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to individuals ages 18+.

Additionally, booster shots are now recommended the following individuals:

  • New Yorkers 12 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least five months ago are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster.
  • Children ages 5-11 with certain immunocompromising conditions who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least 28 days ago are eligible for an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
  • New Yorkers 18 years and older who received the Moderna initial vaccine series at least five months ago or the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago are eligible for a booster dose.

Please talk with your doctor to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines or visit the NYS Department of Health or American Academy of Pediatrics websites.

Vaccine Finder

Resources

Contact 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 Audra Di Bacco at DiBaccau@egcsd.org to make arrangements for pickup or delivery.

Food for Families flyer

COVID-19 Updates

Rensselaer County COVID-19 Contacts