Guilderland Central School District 2020-21 Reopening of Schools

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Use the links below to view the various sections of Guilderland Central School District’s 2020-21 Reopening of Schools Plan that was submitted to the New York State Education Department. If you have any trouble accessing parts of this plan or have questions, please contact and assistance will be provided.

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On Monday, July 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York can follow plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September if COVID-19 infection rates stay at 5% or lower in a given region. Then on Friday, August 7, the Governor announced that schools in all regions of New York state are authorized to open in the fall as long as there or no spikes in COVID-19 infection rates.

Determinations were based on the following by region:

  • Open: If a region is in Phase 4 and has a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average, schools in that region could hold in-person instruction.
  • Closed: If daily infection rates exceed 9% over a seven-day average, however, schools in that region would not reopen.
  • Closed: Similarly, should a region see such an average after reopening, schools in that region would also be directed to close.

While districts have been instructed to prioritize efforts to return all students to in-person instruction, the GCSD is also planning for remote learning as well as a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and remote learning. Parents/guardians will have the option to choose the remote learning model and must commit for the entire semester. Parents will need to indicate their choice by August 10 in the Parent Portal in eSchoolData. Parents/guardians were notified on August 3.

The plan outlined here is for the reopening of schools in the Guilderland Central School District for the 2020-21 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following schools:

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our schools.

Neil Sanders will serve as the district’s COVID-19 Coordinator. Neil will work closely with our local health department and will serve as a central contact for schools and stakeholders, families, staff and other school community members and will ensure the district is in compliance and following the best practices per state and federal guidelines.

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Communication and Engagement

The district will use its existing communication channels to communicate news, requirements and updates related to reopening and in-person instruction, including social distancing requirements, proper wearing of face coverings and proper hand and respiratory hygiene.

View the full Communication and Engagement plan here. 

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses.

Find information about COVID testing and contact tracing and more here.

View the full Health & Safety plan here.


In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection in the district, facilities operations will be geared toward meeting social distancing requirements and cleaning frequently touched spaces regularly.

View the full Facilities plan here.

Child Nutrition

School meals will continue to be available to all students, including those attending school in-person and those learning remotely.

View the full Child Nutrition plan here.


The district will conduct transportation activities that are consistent with state-issued public transit guidance and NYSED School Reopening guidelines.

View the full Transportation plan here.

Social and Emotional Well-Being

The district will make available resources and referrals to address mental health, behavioral, and emotional needs of students, faculty, and staff when school reopens for in-person instruction and remote instruction.

View the full Social and Emotional Well-Being plan here.

School Activities

As interscholastic sports and extracurricular activities are an important aspect of student life and the school community, it is our priority to maintain as many offerings as we can.

View the full School Activities plan here.

Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism

Student absenteeism during in-person instruction will be tracked.

View the full Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism plan here.

Technology and Connectivity

The district will administer surveys and other data sources to identify any families in need of internet access.

View the full Technology and Connectivity plan here.

Teaching and Learning

Students in grades K-6 will experience daily in-person instruction. Grades 7-12 will experience a hybrid of both in-person and remote instruction. All instruction will continue to be aligned to the New York State Learning Standards.

Remote learning information can be found here.

View the full Teaching and Learning plan here.

Special Education

The school reopening plan considers in-person services a priority for high-needs students and preschool students with disabilities whenever possible.

View the full Special Education plan here.

Bilingual Education and World Languages

Information about the ELL identification process required instructional units of study and communication with families of ELL and language access.

View the full Bilingual Education and World Languages plan here.


Information about teacher and principal evaluation systems, and certification, incidental teaching and substitute teaching.

View the full Staff plan here.


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