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Coronavirus Updates

This webpage is being updated regularly as new information becomes available. Last updated April 18, 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.

New York State Ends Mandatory Quarantine for Domestic Travel Starting April 1

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory starting April 1st. Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers. All travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form.

COVID-19 Vaccine Open to 16+ Starting Tuesday, April 6

Starting Tuesday, April 6 at 8 a.m., all New Yorkers age 16+ will be eligible to schedule and receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Parents who would like their children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine should visit the following website to view and schedule appointments: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.

It is important to note only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and 17 year old individuals.

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED. You can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Once you have successfully scheduled an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a barcode. You will need to bring this to your appointment.

Quarantine Policies

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

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.

COVID-19 Testing Program

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.

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.

Board of Regents Cancels Some State Tests in 2021 Due to Ongoing Pandemic

The Board of Regents voted unanimously on March 15 to cancel all but four Regents Exams for June and cancel all Regents Exams in August due to the ongoing pandemic. The only Regents Exams that will be administered are federally mandated and include Algebra I, English, Earth Science (Written Test only) and Living Environment. Passing the exams will not be a requirement for earning diplomas; students must pass the course to graduate.

Additionally, only Session 1 of the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Math Tests will be required and only the Written Test component of the Grades 4 and 8 Science Tests will be administered. More information.

Columbia Cancels SAT Exams Through June

Columbia High School has canceled its administration of SAT Exams through June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The canceled dates include: March 13, May 8 and June 5.

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.

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.


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.

Symptoms

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)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

COVID Testing Sites

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

Prevention

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.

Vaccine

Three vaccines have been authorized by the FDA and approved by New York State’s independent COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose. 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.

Starting Tuesday, April 6, all New Yorkers age 16+ will be eligible to schedule and receive the COVID-19 vaccines. Parents who would like their children to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines should visit the following website to view and schedule appointments: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED. You can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Once you have successfully scheduled an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a barcode. You will need to bring this to your appointment.

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Travel

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.

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.

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