Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information & Resources
BACK TO SCHOOL PLAN
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GUIDANCE FOR VACCINATED STUDENTS WHO SHOW SIGNS OF COVID-19
For guidance on vaccinated students who have signs or symptoms of COVID-19, click here.
STATE TRAVEL ADVISORY
Travel Guidance (2021-22)
IN-SCHOOL COVID-19 TESTING
Please check back on this page regularly for the most up-to-date information.
We are centralizing all COVID-19 district updates on this page – as well as sharing general information about COVID-19 – and taking proactive measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
District administrators are communicating regularly about this ongoing situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Rensselaer County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority.
For information about food pantries in the Capital Region, click here.
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS ACCESS
Our district buildings and facilities are closed to the public during the cancellation of classes.
ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can lead to fever, coughing, trouble breathing and/or shortness of breath. While many of cases lead to mild symptoms, there can be life-threatening cases, especially among older adults and those who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals. The new strand is a “novel” coronavirus that originated in China late in 2019.
WHAT YOU CAN DO (PREVENTION)
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this virus, but as with most illnesses and viruses, there are everyday measures you can take to prevent the spread.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use at least 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick and keep your child home when they are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Families are also encouraged to follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel information available here.
WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE COVID-19
If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice. Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case is confirmed.
In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.
Please note that if anyone in your household is getting tested for COVID-19, any unvaccinated student should await the test results of the person being tested before returning to school. Due to the high degree of transmissibility of the Delta variant, the COVID-19 virus has been spreading throughout households that contain a family member who is positive.
- New York State Department of Health – Novel Coronavirus 2019
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Steps to Prevent Illness (CDC)
- Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Travel Information
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (CDC)
- Rensselaer County Department of Health
- Food Pantry Information for the Capital Region
- Mental Health Resources
- Emotional Support Resources
- Kids Heart Challenge
- Learning Together at Home
- Virtual Field Trips to NYS Museum
- Using Smartphones to Support Learning in Nature
- Physical Activity Recommendations for Kids
- Limiting Screen Time
- NFL Play 60
- Take Action to Control Stress
- Fruit & Veggie Toolkit for Kids
- Stress and Coping
- Stop the Spread of Rumors
- Mental Health and Addiction Services