District updates and resources on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

Status

  • 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

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 beckm@guilderlandschools.net.

More information about meal delivery to students.

Testing Updates for K-12

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.

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

  • 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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