Please check back on this page regularly for the most up-to-date information.
We are centralizing all COVID-19 district updates on this page – as well as sharing general information about COVID-19 – and taking proactive measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
District administrators are communicating regularly about this ongoing situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Columbia County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority.
CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE DISTRICT
Updated COVID-19 On-Site Testing Metrics (Jan. 5, 2021)
On-Site COVID-19 Testing FAQ (Jan. 5, 2021)
Fact Sheet on Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Tests (Jan. 5, 2021)
Questar III BOCES School Testing Demonstration Video (Jan. 5, 2021)
COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Information from Abbott (Jan. 5, 2021)
NYS Yellow, Orange and Red Zone Information (Dec. 11, 2020)
Information on Contact Tracing and Going Remote (Dec. 9, 2020)
COVID-19 Safety Outside of School (Nov. 18, 2020)
Travel Advisory Notification (Nov. 16, 2020)
Guidance on COVID-19 Close Contacts, Level A-C (Nov. 16, 2020)
Columbia County Schools - Contact Tracing Letter (Oct. 21, 2020)
Distance Learning Extended Through End of Year (May 1, 2020)
NYSPHSAA Cancels Spring Sports Championships (April 27, 2020)
Class Cancellation Period Extended (April 17, 2020)
Letter from Principal Meagher (April 7, 2020)
Class / Regents Exams Cancellation Update (April 6, 2020)
Letter from Principal DiDonna (April 1, 2020)
Class Cancellation Update (April 1, 2020)
Childcare for Essential Workers (March 26, 2020)
Grab-and-Go Food Service (March 18, 2020)
Letter from Principal DiDonna (March 18, 2020)
Letter from Principal Meagher (March 17, 2020)
GCSD Closing (March 15, 2020)
Coronavirus Update (March 13, 2020)
Coronavirus Letter (March 5, 2020)
In conjunction with superintendents in the Questar III BOCES region, Germantown Central School District has decided to cancel all classes until at least Wednesday, April 1.
On March 27, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced that all school districts in New York State will remain closed an additional two weeks, until at least April 15, to help protect the public against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
On April 6, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced that all school districts in New York State will remain closed until at least April 29 to help protect the public against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
On April 16, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced that all school districts in New York State will remain closed through at least May 15 to help protect the public against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
On May 1, 2020, Governor Cuomo extended distance learning for all school districts in New York State through the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year.
EXAMS AND STATE ASSESSMENTS
(April 7, 2020) The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has canceled all June 2020 Regents Exams in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, NYSED has changed the requirements students must meet in order to earn high school diplomas, credentials, and endorsements. This applies to all grade 7-12 students in the 2019-2020 school year who intended to take one or more of the June 2020 Regents.
NYS 3-8 Assessments
(March 25, 2020) The New York State Education Department suspended all 2020 Grade 3-8 State Assessments for the remainder of this school year. This includes the 3-8 ELA Assessments, 3-8 Math Assessments and Grade 4 & 8 Science Performance.
The NYS Office of Children and Family Services, who oversee all Regional Child Care Centers, request that families complete the following survey:
The Germantown AfterSchool Program (GAP) & Germantown Central School District (GCSD) are partnering to provide emergency childcare for essential workers. Please contact the school to receive information regarding the cost of the program as well as additional details. Respond with the following information:
• name of parent/ guardian
• best telephone number
• name of employer where essentially employed
• number of school age children (PK-12th grade) who need childcare
• days & hours needed
• Leave a voicemail: 518-537-6281 x 2302
• Email Superintendent: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Mail to: Susan Brown, Superintendent of Schools
123 Main St.
Germantown, NY 12526
During the cancellation of classes, the Germantown Central School District (GCSD) is offering meals to all students in need.
All children in GCSD households under the age of 18, where at least one child attends GCSD, qualify for the GCSD GRAB & GO meal program.
GCSD GRAB & GO meals will be available for pick-up at the bus loop located at the Route 9G entrance from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.
- The program begins on Friday, March 20th.
- GCSD GRAB & GO meals will be consumed off-site.
- A drive-thru pick-up station will be set up outside of the high school gymnasium.
- Please remain in your car and meals will be brought to you.
- GRAB & GO meals may be picked up by:
- A parent or guardian of GCSD student(s) (as defined by the child’s registration documentation).
- A caregiver who has the child(ren) with them.
Friday’s pick-up will include: Breakfast and Lunch for Monday, Breakfast and Lunch for Tuesday
Tuesday’s pick-up will include: Breakfast and Lunch for Wednesday, Breakfast and Lunch for Thursday, Breakfast and Lunch for Friday
To participate in the GCSD GRAB & GO program, contact the district at 518-537-6281 ext. 2301 so we may prepare meals for you. Please communicate any dietary restrictions for your child(ren).
You may opt-in to this program at any time. Please provide advanced notice so our staff has time to prepare enough meals.
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS ACCESS
Our district buildings and facilities are closed to the public during the cancellation of classes.
All practices and any other athletic events have been suspended effective immediately through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The health and safety of our student-athletes is our top priority. Updates will be posted as they become available.
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ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can lead to fever, coughing, trouble breathing and/or shortness of breath. While many of cases lead to mild symptoms, there can be life-threatening cases, 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. The new strand is a “novel” coronavirus that originated in China late in 2019.
WHAT YOU CAN DO (PREVENTION)
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this virus, but as with most illnesses and viruses, there are everyday measures you can take to prevent the spread.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use at least 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick and keep your child home when they are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Families are also encouraged to follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel information available here.
WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE COVID-19
If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider immediately. 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 is confirmed.
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.
- New York State Department of Health – Novel Coronavirus 2019
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Steps to Prevent Illness (CDC)
- Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Travel Information
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (CDC)
- COVID-19 and the American Workplace
- In-Person Flowchart for Student Attendance
- Guidance on Contacts for COVID Level A-C