COVID-19 Updates & Information – 2020-21 School Year

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Updates from the District: 2020-21 School Year

The district will follow guidance from the Albany County Department of Health if a member of our school community tests positive for COVID-19. We will communicate important information via SchoolMessenger, this website, and when warranted, mass phone calls and text messages and individual phone calls. 

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District Procedures and Protocols


NYS COVID-19 Report Card

The NYS COVID-19 Report Card is available to the public on the New York State Department of Health website and includes daily case statistics from schools throughout the state.

About the NYS COVID-19 Report Card

  • All NYS schools are required to submit a daily report to the state of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 linked to a school.
  • The district is required to report cases where someone shows symptoms of COVID-19, but has not been tested or has not received an alternative diagnosis within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. These cases are also reported as “positive.”
  • The state includes an estimate of “Lab Reported Positives based on Residential Address” for each school district, which means individuals who reside within the district and could include students who do not attend a GCSD school. Examples include homeschool students, and students who attend a private school or another public school outside of the district.

Suspected COVID-19 Cases at GCSD

Anyone who is suspected of COVID-19 will be directed to contact their health care provider for evaluation and possible testing. The state and 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.)

Read more about the district’s COVID-19 testing and contact tracing plans


GCSD Reopening Information

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.


Meals for Students 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced temporary funding for free meals to students until June 30, 2021. This decision is subject to change at the federal government’s discretion.  More information about free meals


Childcare for Essential Workers

    Find more information about childcare options and the CARES Child Care Scholarship for income-eligible essential workers.


    Information and Resources

    GCSD Return to School/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.

    Take a look at reopening and COVID-19 Resources

    Albany County Department of Health

    Albany County Department of Health
    Phone: 518-447-4580
    Mon–Fri: 8:30am–10:00pm
    Sat & Sun: 8:30am–6:00pm

    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.

    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration

        World Health Organization

        Talking to Children about the Coronavirus COVID-19

        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.

        Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

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