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.
- Nov. 23: Nov. 23: Two Positive COVID-19 Cases at GHS and FMS
- Nov. 20: Positive COVID-19 Cases at GHS and LES
- Nov. 18: Grades 9-12 Transitioning to All-Remote Learning Through Nov. 24
- Nov. 13: Positive COVID-19 Cases at FMS and GHS
- Nov. 10: COVID-19 Tests and NYS Travel Updates
- Nov. 8: Positive COVID-19 Case Connected to FMS and GHS
- Oct. 27: Important Reminder About Following COVID-19 Safety Protocols Inside and Outside of School
- Oct. 19: Symptoms of COVID-19 and Protocols for Returning to School
- Sept. 30: Individual at GHS Tests Positive for COVID-19
- Sept. 28: Member of GHS Tests Positive for COVID-19
- Sept. 25: New York State COVID School Dashboard
- Sept. 19: Second Positive COVID-19 Case at AES
- Sept. 18: Member of AES School Community Tests Positive for COVID-19
- Sept. 10: Daily Health Screening for Students
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.)
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.
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.
- Families eligible for free and reduced meals, still need to complete an application on SchoolCafe
- Find out more about the GHS Weekend Backpack Program
Find more information about childcare options and the CARES Child Care Scholarship for income-eligible essential workers.
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.
Albany County Department of Health
Albany County Department of Health
Sat & Sun: 8:30am–6:00pm
- ACDOH Handout: Screening for COVID-19 Protocols
- ACDOH website: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- ACDOH website: COVID-19 Testing & Results
- ACDOH website: COVID-19 Dashboard
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
- NYSDOH Website: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- NYSDOH Handout: COVID-19 Pre-K to Gr. 12 Toolkit
- Governor Andrew Cuomo on Twitter
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
- 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.