Mar. 1 update

A message from Dr. Wiles:

Dear GCSD Families,

Earlier this week a communication was sent to all Guilderland Central School District families stating that the statewide mask mandate for schools will expire effective tomorrow, March 2. As of Wednesday, mask wearing by students and staff in all GCSD buildings and on buses is recommended but no longer required.

When a face covering is still required

The only circumstance requiring mask wearing is when a student returns after testing positive for COVID-19. According to the GCSD stated protocols, after isolating for five days a student may return to school if they are asymptomatic or if symptoms are resolving; the student will be required to wear a well-fitting mask for days six through ten when at school or on a school bus.

In addition, a symptomatic student who reports to the nurse’s office may be asked to wear a mask while there.

Respect the personal choice of others

We recognize that wearing a mask is an individual choice and ask families to speak with your children regarding this personal decision and the importance of respecting the personal decisions of others. As always, the priority of the district is the overall health and well-being of all students and staff, so mutual respect is expected by all in our school community.

All other COVID-19 protocols remain in place

It is important to note the only change to GCSD’s current COVID-19 protocols is that mask wearing is optional. And given this change, the other mitigation measures in place are more important than ever to fight this pandemic. We urge families to remind students to follow healthy hygiene practices, including staying home when feeling sick and practicing proper hand hygiene. In addition, we highly recommend those who are immunocompromised or at high-risk for serious illness continue to wear masks.

We will continue to monitor and follow the Centers for Disease Control, New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Education and Albany County Health Department for changes to guidance and will update families accordingly.

How to talk about what’s happening in Ukraine

Whether watching television or on social media, it’s been very difficult to avoid news about the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. The situation is difficult to process for adults, however for children of any age it can be especially so. Following are some resources you may find useful to address any questions and concerns your children may have.

COVID-19 cases for Feb. 25-Mar. 1

The information below details the number of new COVID-19 positive cases for Feb.25-Mar. 1. For daily positive COVID-19 cases affecting GCSD, please visit the NYS COVID-19 Report Card.

Altamont Elementary School: no new cases
Guilderland Elementary School: 1 new case
Lynnwood Elementary School: 1 new case
Pine Bush Elementary School: 1 new case
Westmere Elementary School: 3 new cases
Farnsworth Middle School: 4 new cases
Guilderland High School: 2 new cases

As always, thank you for your continued patience and support.


Marie Wiles, Ph.D.

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