March 22: One new case, updated travel advisory and important upcoming dates

New cases to report

Today, March 22, the district learned of one individual associated with Farnsworth Middle School who tested positive for COVID-19. FMS Principal Michael Laster is working with Albany County Department of Health guidance to determine what school community members need to quarantine, and those individuals are being contacted.

New domestic travel guidelines

As you may know, Governor Cuomo announced that starting April 1, 2021, domestic travelers entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory are no longer required to quarantine. Restrictions on international travel remain in effect. All travelers must complete the NYS Travel Health Form (can be found on this page) and follow outlined procedures. The only information that is available at this time is the press announcement from Gov. Cuomo.

Since our April break is quickly approaching, we urge the school community to continue to be safe and follow all COVID safety guidelines during your time away from school.

Important budget development dates approaching

Tuesday, March 23: Draft budget proposal presented to the Board of Education

Tomorrow, March 23, during the GCSD Board of Education meeting, we will be sharing information about our planning for the 2021-22 school year and presenting a draft budget. You can watch the live stream on the GHS Media YouTube page starting at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 24 – Noon, Tuesday, March 30: Budget ThoughtExchange

After the draft budget presentation on March 23, we will launch a ThoughtExchange for the school community to ask questions about the 2021-22 proposed budget. An invitation to the exchange will be sent once it is launched.

Tuesday, March 30: Board of Education Budget Q&A Workshop

During the meeting, district administrators and the board will review the results of the ThoughtExchange launched from March 24-30, 2021, and address those questions.

More budget development dates 

You can also find more budget development information here.

Equity and Diversity Committee meeting on Wednesday

The next meeting of the GCSD Equity and Diversity Committee Meeting is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24. You can watch the live stream and meeting recordings also on the GHS Media YouTube page.

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