COVID-19 Updates & Information – 2020-21 School Year

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Updates from the District: 2020-21 School Year

The district will follow the guidance of the Albany County Department of Health if a member of our school community tests positive for COVID-19. We will communicate important information via our mass school email system, this website, and, when warranted, mass phone calls and text messages and individual phone calls.


COVID-19 Report Card

The district will report positive cases daily to the state Department of Health’s COVID Report Card dashboard.

Anyone who is suspected of COVID-19 will be directed to contact their health care provider for evaluation and possible testing. State 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


Free Meals for Students Through December 31

On August 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it is extending funding for free meals for kids through December 31, 2020. In turn, the Guilderland Central School District will provide free breakfast and lunch to anyone in the district, age 18 and under, through December 31, 2020.

More information about free meals for students


Childcare for Capital Region Families

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


    GCSD Reopening Information

    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.


    Information and Resources

    GCSD Reopening/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.

    Take a look at reopening and COVID-19 Resources

    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.

    World Health Organization

    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

          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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