Summer Resources & Reopening Updates

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Summer Resources

Summer Meals

The Guilderland Central School District is offering free breakfast and lunch this summer to students in need. Meals will be available for delivery or pickup from July 2, 2020, through September 3, 2020. Learn more about the GCSD summer meal program.

Summer Learning

Summer is a great time to continue learning. Below are several resources to stay engaged and keep that brain matter working.

You can find more events posted on the GCSD Community Page where educational and recreational opportunities are shared and posted by the district for informational purposes only.


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

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School Reopening Planning

As the district continues to plan for the return of school in the fall, the priority is to keep our students and families and staff safe while maintaining high-quality education for our students. There has been a lot of work underway involving members of the school community–GCSD district administration and staff, parents, students, community partners and local health officials. 

We will use this page to provide regular updates. Below you will find a hub of information and updates as more details become available and plans evolve.

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.

Learn more about the Governor’s announcement on reopening.

GCSD 2020-21 Reopening Plan

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. We will continue to be in an environment of change and as a result, we will continue to modify, update, and improve this reopening plan as needed throughout the year.

Read the Guilderland Central School District Reopening Plan.

Guilderland Central School District Reopening FAQs

The district has received hundreds of questions from families since the beginning of July. Below you will find answers to what we know at this time. Please remember, our plans continue to evolve and anything is subject to change.  Read the GCSD Reopening FAQs.





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.

We recommend families continue to check this webpage and your email throughout the summer for information.

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


Chair: Clifford Nooney, Director of Facilities, GCSD


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-Chair: Bob Winans, District Music Administrator 
Co-Chair: Dave Austin, Director of Athletics

COVID-19 Resources

Reference information and resources that were shared between during the 2019-2020 school year closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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