District Thoughtexchange: Give Your Advice on the 2021-22 School Budget

The district is in the process of developing the budget for the 2021-2022 school year. As we face uncertainties about what the next school year will look like and the financial impacts of the COVID-19 health crisis on funding for education, our goal is to continue providing the quality education our students deserve with a …

Recording of Jan. 13 GCSD Virtual Panel Discussion Available

On Wednesday, January 13, the district hosted a virtual panel discussion that was livestreamed to the GHS Media YouTube page. The panel of GCSD Reopening Committee members shared information and answer questions about COVID-19 testing in GCSD schools, plans for the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year, and preliminary 2021-22 budget information. Watch the …

K-12 Schools Update: Symptomatic Household Member

In conjunction with COVID-19 positivity rates experienced locally, effective immediately, the Albany County Department of Health advises K-12 school districts to exclude siblings of symptomatic students from attending in-person classes pending COVID-19 test results of the symptomatic student. This does not mean that the whole household who may be asymptomatic needs to have a COVID …

Jan. 7: An Important Message from Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles

An important message from Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles: Dear GCSD School Community, As I try to process the terrifying images of the attack on our Capitol yesterday, I feel shock, horror, and sadness over this assault on our democracy. I suspect that we are all struggling to process our feelings about the disturbing images of …

2020-21 School Year Weather-Related Closures and Delays

To prepare for upcoming winter weather below is information on how weather-related closures and delays for the 2020-2021 school year will be handled. Weather-Related Closures As in the past, schools will be closed when snow or poor road conditions make travel difficult or impossible. There will be no classes on these days for all students …

COVID-19 Testing in School Information

Updated: Jan. 11, 2020 The state’s micro-cluster strategy, announced this fall, required school-based testing for schools to stay open for in-person learning. At a press conference on Monday, Jan. 5, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that schools in counties with COVID-19 positivity rates greater than 9% need to test for COVID-19, and if their rates are …

Update About Micro-Cluster Zones and COVID Testing

Please see the message below from Superintendent Dr. Wiles: Dear GCSD Families, By now, you have likely seen New York State’s Micro-Cluster Initiative, where regions of the state are designated Yellow, Orange or Red zones. These zones are based on the prevalence of COVID-19 in those areas; each zone designation comes with various restrictions for …

COVID-19 Tests and NYS Travel Updates

NYS Travel Guidelines have been updated since this was sent to families. View the New NYS Travel Guidelines. Please see the important update from Superintendent, Dr. Marie Wiles: Dear GCSD Families, Through our recent Thoughtexchange, many of you have shared how much you value and appreciate having your children in school. As we get closer …

Fighting the Flu at Home and School

Each year, the New York State Department of Health requires schools to share information about influenza (flu) and the benefits of flu vaccination at the start of flu season in early fall. This year, flu vaccination is more important than ever because the flu and the virus that causes COVID-19 may both be spreading. Flu …

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