Updated September 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 specific plans for Remote Learning, Contact Tracing and Testing, click the icons below.)
LEARNING AND TRANSPORTATION PARENT CHOICE FORM
Click here to access the learning and transportation choice form. The form includes these questions.
RENSSELAER COUNTY TESTING SITE
The testing facility with The IMA Group will be moved from the current home at Hudson Valley Community College to the parking area at Van Rensselaer Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing call 800-245-4245 to make an appointment. Residents seeking to be tested are asked to bring a driver’s license and an insurance card. Health care workers and first responders are asked to bring a service identification card to appointment.
Tuesday and Thursday 9am-4pm for symptomatic and VRM Emp.
Whitney Young Health Center call 518-465-4771 Ext# 3506 to make an appointment.
TESTING SITES: Week of 9/7 to 9/11
Testing – 8:30 am – 10:30 am
- Monday: CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY
- Tuesday: Watervliet Health Center, 1804 2nd Ave, Watervliet, NY 12189
- Wednesday:Albany Health Center, 920 Lark Dr. Albany, NY 12207
- Thursday: NO TESTING TODAY
- Friday:Albany Health Center, 920 Lark Dr. Albany, NY 12207
NY launches new web page to find nearby COVID-19 testing sites.
COVID SCHOOL REPORT CARD
Click here for a link to the New York State COVID-19 school district report card.
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.
- Monday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m.
- Monday, July 20 at 6:00 p.m.
- Monday, August 10 at 6:00 p.m.
- Monday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Details on how to join virtually will be shared once finalized.
For questions, please email Dist-Office@schodack.k12.ny.us.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RESOURCES
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:
- Budget & Finance
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.
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.
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.
NYSPHSAA has released its COVID-19 guidance, which can be found here.
In early-September, NYSPHSAA decided to postpone Football, Volleyball and Cheerleading until March 1. Spring sports will begin on April 19.
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.
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.