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Coronavirus Information

This webpage is being updated regularly as new information is provided to the East Greenbush CSD by the NYS Health and Education Departments. Last updated June 2, 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 Public Schools Remain Closed Through End of 2019-20 School Year

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on May 1 that all public schools in New York State will remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Board of Education Approves Calendar Change to End School Year on June 15

The East Greenbush Central School District Board of Education approved a change to the school calendar at its meeting on May 21 that would end the year for students and online instruction on June 15. The last day for faculty and other 10-month employees would be a Professional Development Day on June 16.

The motion was brought to the board by Superintendent Jeff Simons to account for the lost spring recess, which without any action, would have put staff over the maximum number of work days in their contracts. The change will also give relief to families who have been overseeing distance learning from home since mid-March.

Meal services and the childcare program will continue through June 30 pending further guidance from the state.

The calendar changes are subject to any future directives or mandates from the state.

Summer School Will Be Conducted Through Distance Learning

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on May 21 that summer school will be conducted through distance learning at all schools in New York due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In the East Greenbush Central School District, the 6-week summer school program will start on July 6 and end on August 14. Families with students who qualify for summer school will be contacted by the child’s special education teacher regarding this year’s program.

Distance Learning

Our school district is committed to providing educational resources for our students during this extended school closing, but we also realize that you cannot replicate the school day for your child. District staff will contact you directly with self or parent-guided materials, either online or in some cases through paper packets. We encourage you to maintain a schedule and routine to provide as much normalcy as possible for your child.

Alternate Grading and Reporting Practices

In recognition that the entire 4th and final marking period for grades 6-12 and the large majority of the 3rd and final marking period for Grades K-5 has occurred during a time of required remote teaching and learning and that there has been a variety of resources and supports that have been available to students, staff, faculty, and parents we have decided to implement alternate grading and reporting practices for the end of this 2019-20 school year. 

At the K-5 level, the 3rd marking period will be a simple narrative and for grades 6-12, we will move to a PASS/FAIL model for the 4th marking period. View Grading and Reporting Newsletter.

Free Grab n Go Meals

East Greenbush CSD is offering free Grab n Go meals to our families in need during this temporary school closing. 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.

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.

Pickup/Collection Times:
Columbia High School, 962 Luther Rd., East Greenbush, NY 12061

  • Wednesday, June 3, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, June 8, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, June 15, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, June 22, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 24, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, June 29, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Suggested Donation Items:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • 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
  • Jello/Pudding
  • Tuna Fish
  • Canned Chicken
  • Beans (Bags or Boxes)
  • Chef Boyardee/Spaghettio’s

Childcare for ‘Essential’ Workers

The East Greenbush Central School District has expanded its partnerships with local childcare providers during the current school closing. Parents considered “essential” workers, as determined by New York State, will be eligible for free childcare at the following providers until further notice. Anyone interested should contact the childcare providers directly.

Kindergarten Screenings

All Kindergarten Screenings, which were scheduled at the elementary schools during the first two weeks of May, have been postponed until further notice.

Budget Vote and Board Election Rescheduled to June 9

All school budget votes and board elections in New York State have been delayed until Tuesday, June 9, according to an executive order from Governor Andrew Cuomo. All voting will be conducted by mail and all qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot with return postage paid. 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.

NYS Education Department Suspends Elementary- and Intermediate-Level State Assessments for Remainder of School Year

The school closures caused by Novel Coronavirus are unprecedented and so, the NYS Education Department has suspended administrations of the 2020 elementary- and intermediate-level State assessments have been suspended for the remainder of this school year. More Information.

This suspension for the remainder of the school year applies to the following New York State testing programs:

  • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
  • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
  • New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
  • New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
  • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and
  • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.

AP Exams

At this time, AP Exams have been rescheduled to May 11-22 and they will be administered online at home or in schools if they were to re-open by that time. Parents and students can expect to receive further information from their child’s teacher, the guidance office, and the AP test center. If you are concerned that you will not have internet access or an electronic device to complete the exam please contact Kim Sabella at sabellki@egcsd.org or Sophia Reynolds at reynolso@egcsd.org.  Additional information and online resources including lessons are available at the College Board website.

2019-20 AP Exam Information:

  • Exams will be given from May 11–22. View the full testing schedule.
  • Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.
  • Students can take exams at home or in schools if they reopen.
  • Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.
  • The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March.
  • Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They’ll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones.
  • For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
  • On March 25, the College Board began offering free live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The courses have been viewed more than 3.2 million times since they became available.
  • The College Board knows that not all students have access to the internet or a device. They are working on solutions to help students get what they need to show their best work. If you need mobile tools or connectivity or know someone who does, you can contact them directly.
  • The exams will be secure. The College Board is using a variety of digital security tools, including plagiarism detection software.

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can lead to fever, cough and trouble breathing or shortness of breath. While most confirmed cases (approximately 80%) lead to mild symptoms, there can be more severe cases, and even death, especially among older adults and those who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

Symptoms

The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms such as:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Pneumonia

CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Prevention

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-2019:

  • 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.
  • 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.

School-Sponsored Activities

All school activities including field trips, concerts, athletics and PTO meetings are canceled while schools remain closed. An updated list can be found below:

  • NYS Grades 4 and 8 Science Written Test – June 1 (CANCELED)
  • 7th Grade Class Trip to Philadelphia – June 4-5 (CANCELED/WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED)
  • CHS Senior Prom – June 5 (POSTPONED)
  • June SAT – June 6, CHS (CANCELED)
  • All Sports Club Meeting – June 8, CHS (CANCELED/WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED)
  • Regents and Local Examinations – June 17-25 (CANCELED)
  • Elevation Celebration – June 25 (POSTPONED)
  • CHS Graduation – June 27 (POSTPONED UNTIL JULY)
  • 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.

Travel

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Homeland Security are applying travel restrictions and quarantines, as appropriate, for people traveling internationally. Students and staff returning from currently impacted countries or regions of impacted countries will be required to be under precautionary quarantine for 14 days upon return.

The local county health departments are charged with enforcing any restrictions placed on returning travelers or persons under investigation. The school does not and cannot impose restrictions on residents beyond those enforced by the government.

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.

Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The district is prepared to work with any affected families.

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.

Resources

Updates

Rensselaer County COVID-19 Contacts