Updated: January 20, 2022

The information on this page pertains specifically to the 2021-2022 school year.

For reopening and COVID-19 updates from the 2020-2021 school year, please visit the 2020-2021 Reopening Information & Updates page here.

More reopening and COVID-19 information/updates about the 2021-2022 Schodack school year will be available on this page as they become available.


2021-2022 Reopening & COVID-19 News

This section is a centralized location for all recent and past 21-22 Schodack reopening & COVID-19 news. News items will be archived here.


2021-2022 Reopening Plan & COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols

In-School COVID-19 Testing for Students

You can give consent for in-school COVID-19 testing on Schodack’s FamilyID page here: https://www.familyid.com/programs/schodack-covid-19-testing-consent-2021.

Schodack is now required by the New York State Department of Health to test unvaccinated staff and offer to test students whose parents/guardians consent to testing. General surveillance testing will be used to detect asymptomatic COVID-19 infections in unvaccinated students/staff using a rapid antigen test with a small swab.

Diagnostic point of care testing will be performed if there is a reason to suspect an individual may be infected, such as having symptoms or suspected recent exposure. Examples of point of care testing include testing students who develop symptoms in school and testing asymptomatic individuals who were exposed to a case of COVID-19. Point of care testing will be conducted using rapid molecular testing with the same type of small swab as the rapid antigen test. This will provide a quick result in the case of a student or staff member who began presenting symptoms while at school, regardless of vaccination status.

Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases In 2021-2022 (Added December 28, 2021)

Starting in late December 2021, all positive COVID-19 cases reported to the Schodack Central School District will be posted on this page for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year. Since students returned for in-person instruction in September 2020 the district has directly notified all families via text alert of each new case but it will discontinue this practice as of 2022.

The district will continue to communicate directly with any family affected by a confirmed COVID-19 case in the schools for contact tracing purposes.

2021-2022 Reopening Plan

Schodack’s final COVID-19 Reopening Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year was presented to and approved by the board of education at their meeting on September 1, 2021.

At the board meeting, Mr. Chevrier presented a slideshow summarizing the final reopening plan for the 2021-2022 school year. The plan incorporates directives, recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the  New York State Education Department (NYSED).

As with last year, protocols will likely be adjusted accordingly through the school year in response to COVID-19 community transmission and any updated guidance from local and state departments of health.

Protocol If Students Exhibit COVID-19 Symptoms at School & Contact Tracing Procedures

Schodack will be following this flowchart from the Centers for Disease Control to determine procedures when a student is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms while at school or if a positive case is reported at school. Additionally, the district will use these flowcharts to determine close/direct contacts this year when there is a positive COVID-19 case in the school or on district transportation.


School Start and End Times in 2021-2022

Please note that both Castleton Elementary and Maple Hill Jr/Sr High School have returned to their normal start and end times. These times were changed for the 2020-2021 school year, but they will return to the original times listed here beginning in September 2021.


MEALS FOR STUDENTS ON QUARANTINE IN 2021-2022

If your student(s) are identified as close contacts to a positive COVID case at any point during the year and are told to quarantine by the Department of Health, then you have the option to order and pick up district provided breakfast/lunch for them during the quarantine period.

Use the following Meal Order Forms to order breakfast/lunch for your quarantined students. You will need to order meals the day before you will need them (ex. if you need meals for Wednesday, order on Tuesday). Meal pick up is Monday-Friday from 8:30-9:00 AM at the Maple Hill High School Cafeteria Doors.


Summer 2021 Online Community Forums

Throughout Summer 2021, Superintendent Jason Chevrier hosted online community forums to provide updates on the plans regarding the 2021-22 school year and the Federal stimulus grants. Mr. Chevrier held three forums on these subjects and each session included a Q&A period.

You can view the recordings and presentations from these virtual forums here.