GCSD Reopening and Back to School Updates

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As GCSD schools reopen, the priority is to keep our students and families and staff safe while maintaining high-quality education.  We will use this page to provide regular updates.

GCSD 2020-21 Reopening Plan

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.

Read the Guilderland Central School District Reopening Plan.

GCSD Reopening FAQs

The district has received hundreds of questions from families since the beginning of July.  Read the GCSD Reopening FAQs to find answers to what we know at this time.

GCSD Reopening/COVID-19 Resources

New routines, public health and school procedures and practices will all be part of returning to school this year. View a collection of resources that provide information on what to expect when returning back to school and how to prepare students for the transition.

GCSD COVID-19 Updates & Information Page

A page to share COVID-19 updates and resources or the 2020-21 school year as the circumstances warrant.





How to Stay Updated

Families will receive reopening updates via email, text message and/or phone call (when needed) through our email communication tool, School Messenger. Please make sure to log into your School Messenger account to confirm your preferences on how to be contacted.

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.

Reopening Reference 

Reopening Timeline

    GCSD Reopening Steering Committee

    The district established a Reopening Steering Committee, a 40-person panel made up of GCSD administrators, teachers, staff and community members to create a comprehensive reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year. Given the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a fluid process, with direction based on the latest available information and guidance from local and state governing bodies.

    The committee has been meeting weekly since mid-May. Updates from the meetings will be shared every Thursday throughout the summer, starting July 16.

    GCSD Reopening Subcommittees
    • Facilities
      Chair: Clifford Nooney, Director of Facilities, GCSD
    • Instruction
      Chair: Demian Singleton, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
    • Health & Safety
      Chair: Tim Murphy, Safety Specialist
    • Social-Emotional Learning
      Chair: Lisa Knowles, Director of Pupil Services
    • Human Resources
      Chair: Regan Johnson, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
    • Extra-Curricular Activities, Athletics and Special Areas
      Co-Chairs: Bob Winans, District Music Administrator and Dave Austin, Director of Athletics

    Guidance from the Governor

    On Friday, August 7, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that based on the metrics he had previously outlined, all schools across New York will be allowed to reopen in all regions of the state in the fall, barring any spikes in COVID-19 infection rates or any concerning metrics. If infection rates go over 9% using a 7-day average, schools will close.

    Learn more about the Governor’s announcement on reopening.

    Childcare Resources 


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

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