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
Below are all the updates sent home by District Superintendent, Jason D. Thomson, about COVID-19.
- Superintendent Coronavirus Update #8 – Spring Recess Information (Emailed on April 1)
- Superintendent Coronavirus Update #7 – Class Cancelations Extended (emailed March 27)
- Superintendent Coronavirus Update #6 (emailed March 17)
- Superintendent Update #5 – IT/Website Resources and Academics During Cancelations (emailed March 15)
- Superintendent Coronavirus Update #4 (emailed March 14)
- Superintendent Coronavirus Update #3 (emailed March 13)
- Superintendent Coronavirus Update #2 (emailed March 9, sent home with students on March 10)
- Superintendent Coronavirus Update #1 (emailed March 5, sent home with students March 6)
(April 1, 2020) Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended school closures for all New York schools until Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
Under this order, our school district must continue to provide remote learning, meals for students and childcare for essential workers every weekday through April 15 even though the district is scheduled to be on spring recess from April 13-17. The state is assessing whether to extend the statewide school closures past April 15.
We are continuously monitoring this rapidly changing situation and should we need to extend class cancelations beyond the above date range, we will make sure families are informed with as much notice as possible.
Academics & Online Learning Resources
(March 30, 2020) Due to extended class cancelations, we’re distributing more academic materials for K-12 students. This time around, not all students will need to pick up work. If you are picking up work, it will take place on Wednesday, April 1. Please review the letter below for specific instructions by grade level (both were emailed to K-12 parents on Monday, March 30).
- Updated Academic Materials for Students Letter (English)
- Updated Academic Materials for Students Letter (En español)
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
(March 25, 2020) 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.
If there changes to other upcoming scheduled exams (AP, Regents) we will share them here as well.
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:
- Academic Materials Pickup Times for Each School (emailed and sent home March 16)
(April 2, 02020) 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.
- Food Services Pick-up Locations During COVID-19 Cancelations (Emailed on April 2)
Those wishing to participate and have email access should reach out to email@example.com 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 County Community Resources
(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
(March 31, 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
Out of an abundance of caution and to reduce the instances of community contact at our schools, some district and school-sponsored events will need to be postponed and/or canceled. Please check back regularly for updates.
As of now, the following events have been postponed and/or canceled.
- High School Spring Musical on March 26-28, New Dates TBD
- All Adult Education classes from March 13-April 3
- Primary School Symphony of Whales on March 19
- High School Wall of Fame Committee Meeting on March 19
- Middle School Activity Night on March 13
- Primary School Kindergarten Screening on April 2
- Middle School Activity Night on April 3
- All County Music Festival on April 1 & 3
- All Athletic Contests – NYS Athletic Assoc. Section II has canceled all athletic contests through April 19
- All Field trips
- All AAU events
- All weekends events – no staff members in the buildings in weekends with the exception of custodial staff and essential administrative staff to clean/sanitize all buildings
About Coronavirus Disease (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 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
- 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)
- Albany Country Department of Health
- Columbia County Department of Health