Sept. 8 update: health guidelines, ParentSquare, playground update

A message from Dr. Wiles:

Dear GCSD Families,

The 2023-24 school year is officially underway as students returned to our classrooms yesterday. It was a joy to see so many smiling faces, from our elementary schools to the high school. With the two days completed, here are a few important reminders:

GCSD Health Guidelines

Guilderland Central School District would like to remind our families that when a child is ill, it’s strongly encouraged by our school nurses to keep them at home to avoid infecting others. Our Health Services webpage can help families determine when to keep a sick child at home, in addition to what they should do if their child becomes sick during the school day. In the event your child is sent home from school due to illness, please be prepared to pick them up from the nurse’s office within 30 minutes of notification. Make sure you have designated an emergency contact person who may pick up your child in the event that you are unable to.

GCSD is now using ParentSquare for all school communications

On Aug. 1, ParentSquare replaced SchoolMessenger as the communications tool used by GCSD teachers and administrators. This unified communications platform features a mobile app for families to stay connected from anywhere; it can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. While downloading the ParentSquare app isn’t required to receive GCSD communications, it’s the most convenient and accessible way to ensure families never miss an update.

It’s important to note that GCSD still uses eSchoolData (our parent portal) for all student information, including attendance, schedules, progress reports and report cards. Learn more information about eSchoolData on our website here.

Update on elementary playgrounds

The capital improvement project residents approved in 2021 included upgrades to the playgrounds at our five elementary schools. We were thrilled that the playgrounds were ready for students to enjoy when they returned to school. Their designs include adaptive and inclusive components, ensuring everyone has an accessible place to play. Prior to the upgrades, Altamont Elementary, Lynnwood Elementary and Pine Bush Elementary had older wooden playgrounds that posed various safety concerns and maintenance issues. With the new modular equipment, it’ll be easier for the district to address future safety hazards and change parts as needed.

It’s been a pleasure to visit classrooms in our seven school buildings the past two days to see Guilderland students back at work. I am confident we will have a productive 2023-24 school year. Have a wonderful weekend!


Marie Wiles, Ph.D.

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