The district will follow the guidance of the Albany County Department of Health if a member of our school community tests positive for COVID-19. We will communicate important information via our mass school email system, this website, and, when warranted, mass phone calls and text messages and individual phone calls.
- Sept. 19: Second Positive COVID-19 Case at AES
- Sept. 18: Member of AES School Community Tests Positive for COVID-19
- Sept. 10: Daily Health Screening for Students
The district will report positive cases daily to the state Department of Health’s COVID Report Card dashboard.
Anyone who is suspected of COVID-19 will be directed to contact their health care provider for evaluation and possible testing. State local health departments will be notified immediately of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual in school facilities or on school grounds.
Contact tracing and quarantine orders will be directed by the local health department. The district will participate fully in all contact tracing efforts so that local health officials can contact and notify families of any possible exposure to COVID-19, and direct families of the necessary steps (testing, quarantine, etc.)
On August 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it is extending funding for free meals for kids through December 31, 2020. In turn, the Guilderland Central School District will provide free breakfast and lunch to anyone in the district, age 18 and under, through December 31, 2020.
Find more information about childcare options and the CARES Child Care Scholarship for income-eligible essential workers.
The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We are in an environment of change and as a result, we will continue to modify, update the reopening plan as needed throughout the year.
GCSD Reopening/COVID-19 Resources
These general resources provide information on what to expect when returning back to school and how to prepare students for the transition.
Albany County Department of Health
Albany County Department of Health
Sat & Sun: 8:30am–6:00pm
- ACDOH Handout: Screening for COVID-19 Protocols
- ACDOH website: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- ACDOH website: COVID-19 Dashboard
New York State Department of Health
Call the NYSDOH hotline at 1-888-364-3065 (24 hours) or fill out this form to ask a question about COVID-19
New York State Office of Mental Health
OMH Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314
The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Help Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling.
New York State OMH website offers resources on managing anxiety in difficult times, Coronavirus-related guidance for healthcare providers and how to volunteer to help.
World Health Organization
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Talking to Children about the Coronavirus COVID-19
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
(National Association of School Psychologists)
- Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
(Child Mind Institute)
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
U.S. Department of Labor
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.