Updated August 10, 2020

In our ongoing effort to provide our community with up-to-date information about the reopening of school buildings in the fall, we will be centralizing communications on this page. Please check back regularly for the latest information.

As we continue to navigate through these uncertain times, please know that the health and social-emotional well-being of our students and staff will remain our top priority. The 2020-2021 school year will require us all to collaborate and adapt as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. As a school community, we will continue to strive to create a safe, effective learning environment for our students. We will get through this unprecedented time together.


REOPENING PLAN FOR SEPTEMBER 2020

To view the full 2020-2021 reopening plan for Schodack CSD, click here.

 


LEARNING AND TRANSPORTATION PARENT CHOICE FORM

Click here to access the learning and transportation choice form. The form includes these questions.


VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Schodack CSD is hosting a series of four Virtual Community Meetings on the Reopening of Our Schools this summer that our community are encouraged to join.

Details on how to join virtually will be shared once finalized.

For questions, please email Dist-Office@schodack.k12.ny.us.


REOPENING TASK FORCE AND ADVISORY COMMITTEES

In preparation for reopening, we have created a Reopening Task Force and four Advisory Sub-committees with specific focuses. The four sub-committees are:

  • Communications
  • Operations
  • Budget & Finance
  • Instructional

The task force and sub-committees are working hard on preliminary plans. After completing their work, the sub-committees will bring their plans back to the task force who will then use that information to create the comprehensive district-wide reopening plans to submit to NYSED by July 31.

We thank all the staff and community members who have volunteered their time and skills for our sub-committees.


SCHOOL GROUNDS

On July 16, the district re-opened its playgrounds to the public to use at their own discretion. Throughout the playground, you will find reminders about following CDC guidelines, including practicing safe social distancing. Playground equipment will be cleaned two times per day following CDC cleaning procedures.

Basketball courts will open on Monday, July 20. Per state guidance, courts are to be used for practice only and not for games. Please follow CDC guidelines and practice safe social distancing while using the facilities as we want to keep everyone safe and healthy.


ATHLETICS

The Officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), voted to delay the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season, cancel the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships and prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19. This decision comes at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force.

Read a full statement from NYSPHSAA here.


STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT GUIDANCE

On July 16, the State Education Department provided guidance regarding the reopening of school buildings in the fall. This voluminous document is 145 pages and will help guide districts in developing final plans for reopening, which must be submitted to the state by July 31. During the first week of August, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will decide in what capacity schools may reopen in the fall.


DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS

School Reopening Update (July 13, 2020)

Update on School Reopening (July 9, 2020)

Community Invited to Reopening of Schools Meetings (July 2, 2020)

 

See the initial NYSED Reopening Guidelines presented to the Board of Regents here.


PARENT SURVEY

We engaged the community regarding the reopening of school in the fall via a survey, which can be found here. We encourage all families with children enrolled in the district to fill out this survey. This is your chance to have your voice heard and we value your feedback during this time. This information will be used as we move forward and prepare for September.


VIDEO RESOURCES

How to Wear a Mask
Wear a Mask to Protect You and Your Friends
Bill Nye Mask Experiment
How to Properly Wash Your Hands
How to Get Kids to Wear a Mask