Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information & Resources
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.
CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE DISTRICT
Coronavirus Letter (March 2, 2020)
Coronavirus Update (March 9, 2020)
Coronavirus Update (March 10, 2020)
Coronavirus Update (March 12, 2020)
Message from Superintendent Dr. Franchini (March 14, 2020)
Classes Canceled (March 14, 2020)
Classes Canceled Update (March 15, 2020)
Pickup of Student Materials (March 15, 2020)
Cancellation Update, Instructional Tools (March 16, 2020)
Message from Rensselaer County DOH (March 17, 2020)
District Playground Information (March 19, 2020)
News From Nurses: Enjoying Outdoors (March 20, 2020)
Video Update from Superintendent Dr. Franchini (March 20, 2020)
Childcare (March 20, 2020)
State Assessments (March 20, 2020)
Meal Delivery (March 24, 2020)
Information on Videoconferencing (March 26, 2020)
AP Exam Update (March 26, 2020)
Mental Health Resources and Talking to Young People About COVID-19 (March 27, 2020)
Childcare For Children 4 and Below (March 27, 2020)
Class Cancellation Update (March 27, 2020)
Update to School Closure, Learning (March 27, 2020)
In conjunction with superintendents in the Questar III BOCES region, Averill Park Central School District has decided to cancel all classes effective Tuesday, March 17 until at least Wednesday, April 1.
Students and staff should report to school on Monday, March 16. Only staff will report on Tuesday, March 17. This schedule provides our faculty with more time to prepare instructional materials and resources to assist with this long-term closure. It also allows our students to clean out their lockers and bring home their belongings, including digital devices, instruments and other items.
On March 27, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced that all school districts in New York state will remain closed an additional two weeks, until at least April 15, to help protect the public against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Averill Park Central School District will offer meals to all students in need, free of charge, during the closure, beginning on Wednesday, March 18.
Meals will be available for pick up at Algonquin Middle School and Miller Hill-Sand Lake Elementary School from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Meals will be a cold grab-and-go to be consumed off-site. Drive-thru pick-up stations will be set up outside each building. Please remain in your car and meals will be brought to you.
- Monday’s pick up will include: Lunch for Monday, Breakfast and Lunch for Tuesday, Breakfast for Wednesday
- Wednesday’s pick up will include: Lunch for Wednesday, Breakfast and Lunch for Thursday, Breakfast for Friday
- Friday’s pick up will include: Lunch for Friday, Breakfast for Monday
If you will be picking up meals for a child with dietary restrictions, please contact Colleen Wise at so we may prepare a meal for you.
If you are unable to pick up meals at either location, please contact your child’s building principal.
Schools are an integral part of the community and are charged with the care and instruction of a community’s youngest members. Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.4, all school districts in New York State have been directed by the Governor to establish plans for the care of children of essential health care workers, first responders and other critical professions and occupations.
To fulfill the Governor’s directive, the Averill Park Central School District is opening one of its own buildings to the children of our essential workers and first responders. These important childcare services will be provided through Greenbush Child Caring (GCC) at the West Sand Lake Elementary School from Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Ages 4 and Below
The Averill Park Central School District is working through the Questar III BOCES to provide childcare for ages four and under through two agencies. First, Brightside Up (www.brightsideup.org) is dedicated to providing resources to the community in order to improve the availability and quality of childcare, and to assist families in finding childcare. As the local childcare resource and referral agency (CCR&R) for New York’s Capital Region since 1989, Brightside Up provides these resources to Rensselaer County. At this time, they do not believe they will turn away any children. Second, Healthy Kids Program is operating most of their programs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Their program is being held at Walter B. Howard Elementary School.
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.
The Averill Park Central School District considers playgrounds located on our campuses to be closed as well. We will not be disinfecting or cleaning them as our focus is currently on the inside of our buildings. We realize that we will not be able to strictly enforce the closure of these playgrounds, but we strongly discourage the use of them as the COVID-19 virus can live on metal and plastic for an extended period of time. For information on this, visit here or here.
All practices and any other athletic events have been suspended effective immediately until at least March 30. The health and safety of our student-athletes is our top priority. Updates will be posted as they become available.
NYSPHSAA has decided to cancel all remaining winter sports state tournament contests. This includes the girls basketball tournament, which the Averill Park girls basketball team was still involved in, as well as the bowling tournament which Parker Brown qualified for.
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.
- 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 HealthRensselaer County Department of Health
- Food Pantry Information for the Capital Region
- Mental Health Resources