Green Meadow Named 2021 National Blue Ribbon School

Green Meadow Elementary School was named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday morning. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance. Green Meadow is one of only 325 schools in the country, including one of 19 schools in New York to receive the 2021 National Blue Ribbon School award. Congratulations to Green Meadow students, teachers, staff and families!

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Coronavirus Updates

This webpage is being updated regularly as new information becomes available. Last updated September 23, 2021.

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 Department of Education.

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 consultation with the county department of health
    • In some instances you may be advised to keep both the child who is positive and siblings home from school
    • Provide the school with a certified lab result of the positive case (home tests will not be accepted)
    • School district will call parents of “close contacts” identified through contact tracing
    • A district-wide notification will be sent by the school district informing the community of a positive case at a particular school
    • Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations

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). 

  • Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.
  • This exception highlights the importance of everyone in our schools wearing face masks properly and as directed by teachers and staff.

Contact Tracing Procedures

The Rensselaer County Health Department will determine a starting date for which the school will need to provide contact tracing information. This date will be 48 hours prior to the individual becoming symptomatic or from a positive test result. 

  • To assist with the contact tracing process, the school district will make pertinent information available to the Rensselaer County Health Department for those who may have been in close contact with the confirmed case.  
    • Attendance records
    • Vaccination status
    • Student schedules
    • Seating charts
    • Visitor logs
  • Any close contacts will be verified by the Rensselaer County Health Department based on review of mask wearing, ventilation, social distancing and vaccination status.  
  • Nurses employed by the school district will make an initial contact with families of students who are quarantined to assist the county with the monitoring of students for development of symptoms. In the event that your child develops symptoms you should consult with your child’s primary care provider and notify your child’s school nurse.

Quarantine Policy

The Rensselaer County Health Department verifies quarantine policy for contacts of a positive COVID-19 case. Please note, individuals who are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated are much less likely to be quarantined than someone who is not vaccinated. The county health department and schools in our region are encouraging everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Find a COVID-19 Vaccine.

If an individual is identified as a close contact through contact tracing, they should follow this guidance based on their vaccination status:

  • Fully Vaccinated Individuals:
    • May continue attending school/work.
    • Must be tested 3-5 days after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 even if asymptomatic and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until you receive a negative test result. If tested and result in positive, REMAIN IN ISOLATION and the case will be investigated by the County Health Department for contact tracing purposes.
  • Unvaccinated Individuals:
    • Unvaccinated people exposed to COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days and test if they become symptomatic. If the test result is positive, the case will be investigated for contact tracing purposes. If negative, the individual may return to school after 10 days.

The school district will call parents of students who are identified as contacts, whether they need to quarantine or not, and if necessary, make arrangements for alternative instruction during the period of quarantine. The county health department will follow-up with families.

What is Quarantine?

Quarantine is the practice of limiting movement of a person who is potentially exposed to an infectious disease for a period of time to limit the potential for spread of the disease in the community.

What does this mean?

  • The individual should not have face to face contact with family members closer than 6 feet for a 10-day period. The individual should avoid activities such as gathering with other members of the family, eating meals or watching TV together as best as possible. No activities with anyone outside of the home during the quarantine.
  • The individual should be closely monitored for symptoms such as a temperature above 100.5, cough, or other signs of feeling unwell. If such signs and symptoms occur, they should immediately contact their primary care provider and the Rensselaer County DOH for guidance (518-270-2655).
  • Other individuals residing in the home are not quarantined and can go about their daily business as usual unless the identified individual becomes symptomatic.

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. The 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 or the negative test results. Students or staff who have been tested for COVID-19 should remain at home while the results are pending.

If a COVID test is not ordered, the student can return to school with a doctor’s note stating the alternate diagnosis.

International Travel

  • After you travel:
    • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
      • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
      • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
    • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
    • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

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 or School Social Worker Audra Di Bacco at 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.


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:


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.


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.

Starting May 13, all children ages 12-15 will be eligible to receive the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, meaning all state residents ages 12 and up can now be protected against COVID-19. Parents who would like their children to receive the Pfizer vaccine should visit the following website to view and schedule appointments:

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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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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