Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information & Resources – Updated: May 19

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 and others.

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), Columbia County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department. The health and safety of our students & staff remains our highest priority.

 

District Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates & Resources

 

Superintendent Letters from Mr. Thomson

(Updated: April 20, 2020) Below are all the updates sent home by District Superintendent, Jason D. Thomson, about COVID-19.


Class Cancelations & School Closures

(Updated: May 1, 2020) Today during his daily COVID-19 briefing, Governor Cuomo announced all New York State Schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic yearAll Ichabod Crane school grounds and athletic facilities will continue to remain off-limits throughout this time.

The district will continue providing remote learning, meals for students and assist essential workers with finding childcare services for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year.

At this time we do not have further information but more details will be provided in the coming days, weeks and months. We will let you know more about topics such as summer school programming, 2020 graduations and supplies remaining in the school buildings as soon as we can.


Academics & Online Learning Resources

Infographic: Continuity of Instruction Remote Learning Plan

(Updated: April 9, 2020) With help from Questar III BOCES, we’ve created an infographic explaining key parts of our continuity of instruction plan during COVID-19 school closures. We hope this gives you a good idea of how we’re continuing with remote learning in the coming weeks.

Online Learning Resources for Students, Families and Teachers
Below is a link to a  variety of resources for parent-guided and self-guided learning for students, which can be especially helpful for younger grade levels. These resources are designed to support students, families and teachers through the shift to online instruction and digital learning while Ichabod Crane classes are canceled.

Student Internet Access
We understand some district families have less reliable internet access than others. To help alleviate this, some communications companies are providing free internet access over the coming weeks to help families during this period of widespread class cancelations.

  • Charter Communications
    • Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll
    • Offering free Spectrum broadband/Wi-Fi access for 60 days for K-12 households at any service level up to 100 Mbps.
  • Consolidated Communications
    • Call 1-844-968-7224. Open8 AM-8 PM (Mon – Fri) and 8 AM- 6:30 PM (Sat)
    • Free installation and Internet for 2 months for new customers. For families with school-aged children (K-6) impacted by school cancelations.

IT Devices for Students
For students in grades 9-12, teaching staff have the option to utilize Google Classroom and other online resources. We are providing a limited number of Chromebooks for high school students to borrow who do not have a device at home. We are also providing a limited number of Internet MiFi cards from T-Mobile for families in Grades 9-12 who indicated they do not have an Internet connection. We will contact those families who specified they need a device or Internet access by Friday, March 20 to arrange for pick up.

All students borrowing devices from the IT Department must observe these rules and guidelines while the devices are in their homes.

Exams and State Assessments

  • (Updated: April 30, 2020): August Regents Exams
  • (Updated: April 7, 2020): June Regents Exams
    • The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has canceled all June 2020 Regents Exams in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Because of this, NYSED has changed the requirements students must meet in order to earn high school diplomas, credentials, and endorsements. This applies to all grade 7-12 students in the 2019-2020 school year who intended to take one or more of the June 2020 Regents. Read more details about this here.
  • (Updated: March 25, 2020): NYS 3-8 State Assessments and AP Exams
    • The New York State Education Department announced the suspension of all 2020 Grade 3-8 State Assessments for the remainder of this school year. This includes the 3-8 ELA Assessments, 3-8 Math Assessments and Grade 4 & 8 Science Performance.
    • The Advanced Placement program has also changed the way AP Exams will be given this year. This year the exams will be given online in more streamlined versions. Read more details about this here.

Initial Take Home Materials
During the half-day today on, Friday, March 13, all teaching staff worked on developing academic materials to provide to students should the need to close school for an extended period of time arise. The academic activities are primarily designed to keep students engaged while out of school and to prevent regression of previously taught content.  Academic paper and pencil materials for all students in grades K-12 have been prepared and will be distributed on Monday, March 16.

Students absent from school on Monday, March 16 can pick-up these academic materials on at the times listed on the document below:


Food Services

(Updated: April 2, 2020) While classes are canceled we are providing a daily free bagged breakfast and lunch for children under the age of 18. Please note changes for meal distribution as of April 6, 2020:

  • There are now 2 pick-up locations instead of 3 where district families can pick up free bagged breakfast & lunch.
  • Meals will now be distributed only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On those days you can also pick-up meals for the following day(s). For example, when you pick-up your Monday meals, you can also pick-up Tuesday’s meals.

See the flyer below for updated pick-up locations.

Those wishing to participate and have email access should reach out to tdigrigoli@ichabodcrane.org so we have an accurate meal count.

Families who cannot make pick-ups but would like to participate should call 518-758-7575 ext. 3016 at their nearest convenience.


Buildings and Grounds Access

Only administrative, Central Office, food service and maintenance staff will have access to any district buildings or facilities after Tuesday, March 17. This includes all schools, athletic facilities & fields and playgrounds.

All students and staff members will only have access to their lockers and classrooms on Monday, March 16 and until 7 PM on Tuesday, March 17.


Columbia & Greene County Community Resources

See below or visit our Health and Wellness Resources page for more local resources.

(Updated: April 21, 2020) Due to the increase in overdoses, Greener Pathways and Greene County Family Planning have been working together to increase the Naloxone (Narcan) supply in the local surrounding communities.

(Updated: April 3, 2020) The Child Advocacy Center of Columbia-Greene Counties has compiled a substantial list of local resources for residents, including multiple food resources. They also provide a Mobile Crisis Hotline (8 AM – 10 PM) you can call about safety assessments, functioning assessments, welfare checks, de-escalation and additional resources for COVID-19.

(Updated: March 25, 2020) Questar III BOCES made a helpful one sheet with Columbia County and New York State emergency contacts that could be useful during this time. We recommend bookmarking the link below or printing the sheet out and keeping it in an easy to find location.


For Staff: COVID-19 Paid Family Leave Information & Employer Information

(Updated: April 30, 2020) Ichabod Crane School District employer information required when applying for certain state and federal benefits are available below:

New York State Employer Registration Number:  04-62868-6
Federal Employer Identification Number:  14-6010281
Employer Name:  Kinderhook Central School District
Employer Address:  PO Box 820 Valatie, NY  12184

 

(Updated: March 30, 2020) Governor Cuomo has guaranteed workers job protection and financial compensation in the event they, or their minor dependent child, are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.


District and School Sponsored Events/Activities

(Updated: May 19, 2020) The difficult decision has been made to cancel the previously postponed Crane Acting Troupe spring production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

If you have further questions, including about refunds, please contact Gail Helfer (CAT Artistic Director) via email here.

They prepared a short statement about this decision that you can find here.

(Updated: May 1, 2020) Due to Governor Cuomo’s latest extension of school closures through the end of the academic year, the following district and school events are canceled or postponed.


About Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

 

Background

2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can lead to fever, coughing, trouble breathing and/or shortness of breath.  While approximately 80% 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 to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

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. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
  • 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 to Do If You Think You or Your Child Has 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.


COVID-19 External Resources