District updates and resources on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We will use this page to share COVID-19 information and resources as the circumstances warrant. Any time-sensitive or critical information will be shared via the district’s School Messenger notification system, which can send e-mails, text messages and phone calls.

Updates from the District | Student Meal Information | Testing Updates | Home Learning | Social and Emotional Resources | Preschool Special Education | Childcare | Resources 


School District Updates





Meal Delivery for Students In Need During Closure

Breakfast and lunch will be available, free of charge, for students in need while GCSD schools are closed. Meals will automatically be delivered to all families who currently receive free and reduced meals. 

Other students interested in receiving meal deliveries, can contact Megan Beck at beckm@guilderlandschools.net.

More information about meal delivery to students.

Testing Updates for K-12

Home Learning for Students and Families

As of April 1, 2020, online learning will focus on teaching new content to help students continue their academic and social-emotional growth during our extended school closure. Read more about GCSD home learning during school closure.

GCSD K-12 Home Learning and Educational Engagement Website

We created a website for home learning for students and families to navigate online continuity of instruction and additional educational engagement. On the website, you can find classroom teacher information, social and emotional resources, how to get technical support and more. 

Go to the GCSD Home Learning Website.

WMHT Public Media Educational Programming Block

WMHT is offering an educational programming block and online resources targeted at students pre-k through 12. For the complete programming schedule, related resources, and additional home learning opportunities, visit wmht.org/homeclassroom.

GCSD Technology Repairs and Support

Tech assistance is available for students. More information on how to get request tech assistance.

Online Access

Spectrum is offering free Internet access to Capital Region households that have students sent home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Call 844-488-8395 for more information.

Social and Emotional Resources

To support families and students, the district created a site compiling social and emotional resources including contact information for district mental health service workers, general resources for parents, and programs for students of all ages. Visit the social and emotional learning resources page.

Preschool Special Education Services During Closure

It is our decision that parents will have the ability to send their child or continue to receive preschool services if their providers/centers are still open for business. We highly recommend that students stay home if they are symptomatic and/or at risk for complications.  Families should coordinate with their providers to determine if they will continue servicing your child during this time. 

More information regarding the provision of preschool special education services.

Childcare for Capital Region Families

  • Announced on April 24, 2020, New York State is offering the CARES Child Care Scholarship to income-eligible essential workers, as long as the funds are available.  Find out more about the CARES Child Care Scholarship.
  • The Office of Children and Family Services may be able to help you find the child program you need. Start with this survey.
  • The Capital District YMCA has extended care to cover “essential” workers. In addition to licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, there are many other “essential” workers.  For the complete list, please check here: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026
  • The Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRR) is a great place to start if you’re looking for childcare. More information here.

More childcare information will be posted here.   

Information and Resources

World Health Organization

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York State Department of Health

Call NYSDOH hotline at 1-888-364-3065  for more information about Coronavirus 

Albany County Department of Health

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.

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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