COVID-19 Updates & Information – 2021-22 School Year

District Procedures and Protocols | Letter from GCSD Medical Director | NYS COVID-19 Report Card | Information and Resources

District Procedures and Protocols

Click here to view the Guilderland Central School District’s full 2021-22 Opening of Schools Plan.


    A letter from Dr. Warren Silverman, GCSD Medical Director


    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


    Childcare for Essential Workers

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


      Information and Resources

      CDC: Domestic Travel During COVID-19

      The CDC recommends that you delay travel until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for people who are not fully vaccinated.

      People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization can travel safely within the United States.

      CDC will update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, as rates of COVID-19 change, and as additional scientific evidence becomes available. This guidance applies to travel within the United States and U.S. territories. Click here for more information

      COVID-19 Testing Sites in Albany County

      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

           

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