Reopening Our Schools

The East Greenbush CSD has formed a School Opening Task Force to develop plans to help safely reopen schools in the fall. As we develop reopening plans for submission to the state, our priorities will be the health and safety of all students and staff and the academic and social emotional needs of our students.

Preliminary Reopening Plan | NYS Reopening Guidance | COVID-19 Updates

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Coronavirus Updates

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 or School Social Worker Audra Di Bacco at 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

  • 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
  • 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

Kindergarten Screenings

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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


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.

School-Sponsored Activities

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.

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.



Rensselaer County COVID-19 Contacts