This webpage is being updated regularly as new information becomes available. Last updated August 7, 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 State Schools Permitted to Reopen in September
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on August 7 that public schools in New York State will be permitted to open for in-person instruction in September. The decision was made based on the fact that all regions of the state are in Phase IV of the reopening and that the daily infection rate of COVID-19 remains at 5% or lower over a 14-day average. More Information.
District Proposes Hybrid Model for Reopening Schools this Fall
The East Greenbush Central School District, after reviewing guidance from the New York State Education and Health Departments, and discussing plans with the district’s Reopening Task Force throughout the summer, announced its preliminary reopening plan on Monday afternoon which includes a hybrid model of in-person, remote and live virtual instruction. More Information.
District Hosting In-Person Summer School Program
The East Greenbush CSD is offering an in-person special education summer school program from July 6-August 14.
- We are following all health and safety precautions recommended by the CDC and NYS Department of Health.
- Students can wear masks if they can tolerate it but they are not required.
- Class sizes are very small with no more than 10 students to ensure social distancing.
- Students will be spread out and given a designated space (desk/table) in the classroom, marked off with floor tape.
- Students will not be using shared items (pens, pencils, etc.)
- We are offering transportation on school buses with proper social distancing.
- Small bus- 5 students
- Large bus- 11 students
- Buses will drop students off to their designated class in the bus loop. Walking ropes with spaced out loops will be used to assist grades 1-4 in keeping appropriate distance in line before entering the building.
- Temperature checks will be taken each morning before students board the bus or get dropped off at school.
- Temperatures of 100.4 are considered a fever and students will not be permitted.
- If students are feeling sick or present with any symptoms of illness they should be kept home.
- Families are encouraged to complete the daily health screening before school each day.
- All staff will be using PPE to meet the Department of Health guidelines. Staff will complete a daily health screening before reporting to school.
- Strict attendance logs, and sign in/out sheets will be used to track all students and staff locations in the building for potential contract tracing.
- A school nurse will be on site in the event that someone becomes sick.
- In an effort to minimize illness at school we are asking that parents check on the health of their children daily prior to sending them to school.
Free Grab n Go Meals
East Greenbush CSD is offering free Grab n Go meals to our families in need through August 28. 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. Click here to find other free meal sites in Rensselaer County.
Food for Families Program
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
- Monday, August 10, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 12, 8-10 a.m.
- Monday, August 17, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 19, 8-10 a.m.
- Monday, August 24, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 26, 8-10 a.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
Elementary schools in the East Greenbush Central School District are starting to schedule in-person kindergarten screenings for August 3-14. School staff will be contacting parents directly to schedule those meetings. 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.
About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can lead to fever, cough and trouble breathing or shortness of breath. Infectious disease experts say most cases are milt to moderate. But it can be more severe in older adults and people with chronic health conditions.
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 or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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-19:
- 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.
All school activities including field trips, concerts, athletics and PTO meetings are canceled while schools remain closed. An updated list of special events can be found below:
- 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.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.
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)
- 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
- Family Resources to Support Health and Wellness
- 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)
- Columbia Student Helps Fight COVID-19 By Making Face Shields for Health Care Workers (June 2)
- ‘Paint the Town Blue’ and Celebrate the Columbia Class of 2020 (June 5)
- Goff Schedules 8th Grade Elevation Celebration Parade for June 15 (June 5)
- State Extends Deadline for Mail-In Voting to June 16 (June 8)
- Columbia High School Schedules Diploma Ceremonies for June 27 (June 11)
- Two District Administrators Selected for Re-Opening Task Force (June 18)
- Columbia Outdoor Basketball Courts Closed for Maintenance (June 19)
- District Extends ‘Food for Families’ Program Into July (June 25)
- District Creates School Opening Task Force (June 26)
- District to Host Board of Education Meetings at Columbia Library, Will Continue to Live Stream for Public (July 1)
- Grab n Go Meal Program to Continue Through Summer (July 2)
- Coronavirus Update: State Schedules Deadlines for School Reopening Plans (July 8)
- District Reviewing State Guidance for Reopening Schools (July 14)
- NYSPHSAA Delays Fall Sports and Cancels Fall Championships (July 16)
- State Education Department Issues Guidance to Reopen New York State Schools (July 16)
- District to Share Preliminary Reopening Plan with School Community on July 27 (July 24)
- District Proposes Hybrid Model for Reopening Schools this Fall (July 27)
- District Presents Preliminary Reopening Plan at Board of Education Meeting (July 30)
- District Extends ‘Food for Families’ Program Through August (July 31)
- East Greenbush CSD to Host Reopening Community Forums – August 5 and 13 (August 3)
- Watch: Reopening Community Forum (August 5)
- New York State Schools Permitted to Reopen in September (August 7)