Given that this is a fluid and potentially rapidly developing situation, we will use this web page to share information and resources as the circumstances warrant.
Any time-sensitive, critical information will be shared via the district’s School Messenger notification system, which can send e-mails, text messages and phone calls.
- All GCSD schools will be closed until April 29, 2020, by order of the Governor.
- We are closely monitoring the situation at the state and local level and will let you know if that closure needs to be extended.
- All school-related activities and programs are canceled until further notice.
- While our schools are closed, our playgrounds will also be closed for use by our families and community.
School District Updates
- District Update: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
- Superintendent’s Letter: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
- Pupil Personnel Services Letter: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
- Superintendent’s Letter: Friday, March 27, 2020
- Superintendent’s Letter: Monday, March 23, 2020
- Albany County Executives Office: Monday, March 23, 2020
- Superintendent’s Letter: March 16, 2020
- ACDOH Letter: Sunday, March 15, 2020
- Superintendent’s Letter: Sunday, March 15, 2020
- Meals for students in need: Saturday, March 14, 2020
- Superintendent’s Letter: 6 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020
- District Update: 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020
- Superintendent’s Letter: 6 p.m., Thursday, March 12, 2020
- Superintendent’s Letter: Thursday, March 12, 2020
- District Update: Monday, March 9, 2020
- Superintendent’s Letter: Friday, March 6, 2020
- Superintendent’s Letter: Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
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.
Any other students interested in receiving meal deliveries, please contact Megan Beck at email@example.com.
Testing Updates for K-12
- NYS assessments for Grades 3-8 are suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. See what NYS testing programs are suspended.
- AP exams will take place online. Get more information about the AP exam updates.
- ACT tests are postponed until June 13. Get more information about the rescheduled ACT tests.
- The New York State Board of Regents announced its intention to cancel this year’s Regents exams. We will share more information when additional guidance from the State Education Department is made available.
Home Learning for Students and Families
Beginning on or about April 1, the district will transition from maintaining the skills previously learned to providing more structured content to allow students to move forward in their learning. More information was shared with students and families on Monday, March 30, 2020.
GCSD Online Resources for Engagement
We created a site with a collection of age-appropriate, online resources and activities that you may use with your child to provide educational engagement. This gives students the opportunity to practice skills, review content and explore topics at home. More information about home learning resources.
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.
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.
Childcare for Capital Region Families
- 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.
World Health Organization
- WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
- WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Advice for the Public
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
- CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Prevention
- CDC Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC Coronavirus 2019 Information for Travel
- CDC Share Facts About COVID-19
- CDC Videos
- CDC Video Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands!
New York State Department of Health
Call NYSDOH hotline at 1-888-364-3065 for more information about Coronavirus
- NYS Health Department – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Governor Andrew Cuomo on Twitter
Albany County Department of Health
- Contact the Albany County Department of Health
- Albany County Department of Health Coronavirus Disease 2019 (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.
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.