Dec. 3: weekly update

A message from Superintendent Wiles:

Dear Guilderland CSD Families,

There is no shortage of troubling news all around us and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic continue, now with a new variant that has just reached New York State. While it might be natural for us to feel discouraged, I encourage everyone to remain diligent in their health and safety habits and to focus on the positive things that are happening in our community.  

Here are a few inspiring examples of genuine good work in our school community.  Be sure to follow the links! A GHS student has written, illustrated and published a book. The GHS Italian Club made lasagnas to donate to needy families through Lasagna Love. The FMS food drive collected 649 pounds of food for their backpack program and WES is currently holding a food drive to benefit the Guilderland Food Pantry. We can all be proud of these (and many other)  kind, generous and uplifting activities that regularly happen in our community.

GCSD has adopted test out of quarantine

The Albany County Department of Health has issued updated guidance, in accordance with the CDC, regarding the quarantine period for unvaccinated students and staff who are deemed a close contact of a person positive for COVID-19. The Guilderland Central School District has adopted the new measures, effective Monday, November 29. You can learn more about these new measures on the district website.

Important reminder when creating a Quadrant Biosciences profile

GCSD offers a COVID-19 testing facility, located behind GCSD Maintenance Facility Building 3, 2 Dutchmen Lane. Appointments are not needed however a profile must be created with Quadrant Biosciences at creating a Quadrant Biosciences profile, please remember to indicate your individual school building and to accurately enter your birthdate. For more information on the GCSD COVID-19 testing program, please visit the district website.

COVID-19 cases for Nov. 24-Dec. 3

The information below details the number of new COVID-19 positive cases for the time period of Nov. 24-Dec. 3 and the resulting number of required quarantines.

Altamont Elementary School: 1 new case; 7 close contacts requiring quarantine

Guilderland Elementary School: 2 new cases; 8 close contacts requiring quarantine

Lynnwood Elementary School: 1 new case; 1 close contact requiring quarantine

Pine Bush Elementary School: 4 new cases; 3 close contacts requiring quarantine

Westmere Elementary School: 11 new cases; 17 close contacts requiring quarantine

Farnsworth Middle School: 11* new cases; 1* close contact requiring quarantine

Guilderland High School: 12* new cases; 2* close contacts requiring quarantine

*one case/close contact is shared between FMS and GHS

As always, thank you for your continued patience and support. Have a wonderful weekend.


Marie Wiles, Ph.D.

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