April 30: Updates to COVID reporting; cyber attack investigation

Weekly digest for confirmed cases of COVID-19 Since last Tuesday, there have been six confirmed COVID-19 cases, four at Guilderland High School and one each at Guilderland and Westmere Elementary Schools. None of the cases required contact tracing by the district. We apologize for the delay in sharing these confirmed cases with the community, as …

Ben Palleschi and Quinn Tynan named Dutchmen of the Week

Congratulations to Ben Palleschi and Quinn Tynan (Unified Bowling) for earning DOW (Dutchmen of the Week) honors for the week of April 19. Ben and Quinn have been a “dynamic duo” for the past two years as members of the Unified Bowling team. Not only are their bowling scores impressive, but their love of the sport and the friendship they have developed is …

Residents to vote on $105 million school budget proposal May 18

Plan maintains programming; focuses on student health, wellness and safety On May 18, 2021, Guilderland residents will vote on the proposed $104,979,570 budget for the 2021-22 school year. The proposal carries a 1.89% spending increase over the current year and a 1.28% increase to the tax levy, which is at the district’s levy limit. A …

Grades 7-12 return to hybrid learning Thursday, April 29

Students’ Chromebooks should work without issue. At this point, connecting BYODs, including cell phones, to the internet in the building will not be possible. We hope to have that function up and running soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have worked through this challenge. It has been a heavy lift for …

Grades 7-12 to remain remote Wednesday, April 28

Throughout the day today, our technical team continued to remediate and test our internet system to ensure a successful return to stable, reliable internet connectivity for a seamless transition to onsite learning. As the day progressed, testing began to show some instability with the connection on some devices. Despite our continued work around the clock …

Grades 7-12 to be remote Tuesday, April 27

Our technical team has been working nonstop since Friday in an effort to get all of our systems up and running with the hope that we could resume in person instruction tomorrow.  We want to be confident that our systems are stable and reliable so the transition back to in-person learning unfolds seamlessly.  Unfortunately, by …

April 25: Update on technical interruptions at GCSD

Specialists working with the GCSD to investigate the technical interruptions that occurred last Thursday have determined that the district was the victim of a cyber attack by a threat actor group which used malware to encrypt certain systems throughout the district.  The district is working diligently with specialists to investigate the incident, confirm its impact …

Investigation into source of technical difficulties underway; Grades 7-12 remote on Monday, April 26

On Thursday, April 22, 2021, we began experiencing technical difficulties resulting in a disruption to the district’s systems. We are working diligently with specialists to investigate the source of this disruption, confirm its impact on our systems, and to restore full functionality as quickly as possible.  We also notified law enforcement of this issue. While …

6 new COVID cases; BOE Equity & Diversity meeting April 21

Since Saturday, the district has learned of six individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19; there were three cases at Guilderland High School, one at Farnsworth Middle School and one each at Guilderland Elementary and Lynnwood Elementary Schools.  All of the cases, with the exception of the case at FMS, required contact tracing. The principals …

Guilderland CSD stands against violence

Dear GCSD Families: We grieve with the families of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright, as well as for the countless other named and unnamed victims of violence, racism and oppression that continue to happen every day. These continued acts of violence across our nation must stop.  It’s up to all of us to hold ourselves, …

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