COVID-19 & Reopening Information/Updates

Please check back regularly for the latest information.

Jump To On This Page: District Reopening News | NYS & Regional Updates | Where to Send Questions | When To Stay Home & When You Can Return to School | Reopening Plan for 20-21 | FAQs, COVID Testing & Safety Protocols | Parent Resources Website for Hybrid & Remote Learning | Student Learning Devices & Internet Availability | Community Forums | Safety Resources |

District Reopening News (Updated: June 28, 2021)

Click through below for the latest and past school reopening news updates.

    • June 28, 2021 – Feedback on District Plan for Federal Stimulus Funds Due July 30
    • June 20, 2021 – Updated Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony Information
    • June 15, 2021 – Follow-Up to Gov. Cuomo’s NYS Reopening Remarks on June 15
    • June 7, 2021 – Superintendent Message: Mask Guidance Update for NYS Schools As Of June 7
    • June 6, 2021 – Superintendent Message: Mask Guidance Update for June 7
    • May 26, 2021 – View 21-22 Parent/Guardian Planning Survey Results

View the Reopening News Archive here.

NYS & Regional Updates

Statement from NYSACHO On COVID-19 Prevention & Response In Schools (Added: April 27, 2021)

The statement found here from the New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) provides a summary of key points to consider as school districts consider whether to reduce certain COVID-19 prevention measures. NYSACHO has asked that all NYS school districts carefully consider the points mentioned in this statement so they make sound decisions that keep school communities safe from COVID resurgances.

Board Presentation On Updated DOH K-12 Interim Guidance (Added: April 14, 2021)

In early April 2021, the New York State Department of Health updated its Interim Guidance for K-12 In-Person Instruction During COVID-19. Since this guidance had remained virtually unchanged since Summer 2020, a summary of the updated NYS DOH guidance was shown to Ichabod Crane’s Board of Education on April 14, 2021. You can see this presentation with a summary of the updated April DOH guidance here.

New York State Travel Updates (Added: April 1, 2021)

On April 1, 2021, the New York State Department of Health issued new guidelines about domestic and international travel. Please carefully review the information on the New York State Travel Advisory page here for the most recent updates. This guidance was released on April 1.

Capital Region Vaccine Network (Added: March 19, 2021)

With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanding and more shots becoming available, Albany Medical Center has created the online Capital Region Vaccine Network. It compiles information that can help you or someone in your family locate vaccine sites across Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties. Visit the Capital Region Vaccine Network here.

Where to Send Your Questions

If you have questions about our school district reopening plans for our building administrators or specific district departments, please reach out to the appropriate contact below.

High School: Craig Shull ( or 518-758-7575 ext. 4002)
Middle School: Tim Farley/Anthony Marturano (, or 518-758-7575 ext. 5002/5007)
Primary School: Andrea Williams ( or 518-758-7575 ext. 6002)
Facilities: Steven Marotta ( or 518-758-7575 ext. 3501)
Transportation: Dan Doyle ( or 518-758-7575 ext. 3551)
Food Services: Todd DiGrigoli ( or 518-758-7575 ext. 3016)
COVID-19 Questions: Michelle Warner ( or 518-758-7575 ext. 4093)

When To Stay Home & When You Can Return to School (Updated: February 2021)


New York State Dept. of Health Flowcharts (Updated: February 2021)

Please refer to the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 flowcharts below when determining

1) Can My Child Go To School Today?
2) If My Child Has COVID-19 Symptoms, When Can They Return to School?

Click for New York State Dept. of Health Flowcharts

Letter from Ichabod Crane Health Services

The letter below from Ichabod Crane Health Services was sent home with all students at the beginning of October. It is a reminder about when to keep students home/when they can return, as well as the district protocol for isolating ill students in school and how this affects their siblings.

Click for Health Services Letter

New York State COVID Contact Guidance (Added: October 27)

This guidance document from the New York State Dept. of Health breaks down the difference between someone being classified as “Contact” of a positive COVID case or a “Contact of a Contact”.

New York State COVID Contact Guidance

Reopening Plan for 2020-2021 School Year (Updated on June 7, 2021)

Revised Reopening Plan

Effective June 7, 2021, Governor Cuomo indicated that the state would relax its mask mandate for schools
when students are outside for recess or physical education. As a result, Ichabod Crane implemented this policy
change for outdoor activities, including sports. Masks will still be required indoors (and on buses) for all
students and staff for the rest of this school year along with other COVID-19 mitigation protocols including
social distancing. No student, teacher, staff member, or visitor may be prevented from voluntarily wearing a
mask outside on school grounds.

Ichabod Crane 20-21 Reopening Plan (Revised :June 7, 2021)

Frequently Asked Questions, COVID-19 Testing & Safety Protocols (Updated: April 30, 2021)


Public Health Emergency Continuation of Operation Plans (Revised: March 2, 2021)
BinaxNOW COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Fact Sheet for Families (Added: January 11)

If Ichabod Crane schools begin conducting onsite COVID-19 testing on consenting students, the test used will be Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test. Find out more about Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Test on the fact sheet below:

VIDEO: In-School COVID-19 Testing Demonstration (Added: January 6)

Watch this brief video for a demonstration of the in-shool COVID-19 student testing process.

FAQ About NYS Mandated COVID Testing (Added: December 17)

New York State has implemented the Cluster Action Initiative strategy to designate areas with high COVID-19 infection rates as Yellow, Orange, or Red zones, based on positivity rates and daily new cases. If a zip code, census tract or region is placed in one of those zones, there will be an impact on schools. One impact would be the mandatory COVID-19 testing on 20% of consenting in-person students and staff.

View our FAQ About NYS Mandated Micro-Cluster COVID Testing if you have more questions about this process and what it entails.

COVID School Report Card (Added: September 14)

Click here for the link to the New York State COVID-19 School Report Card site. The district is required to make the link to this database publicly accessible for our families.

FAQ About School Reopening (Updated: August 31)

View the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. This is a live document and will be updated in real-time as needed.

District Safety Protocols (Updated: April 2021)
District NY Forward Business Safety Plan

Each business or entity, including those that have been designated as essential under Empire State Development’s Essential Business Guidance, must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. It must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.

The Ichabod Crane School District New York State Forward Safety Reopening Plan is available here.

Parent Resources Website for Hybrid & Remote Learning (Added: September 14)

Check out our Parent Resources Website which has helpful information about many components of this year’s hybrid and remote learning plans. You’ll find detailed information about Chromebooks, Seesaw, Google Meet/Classroom and much more.

Visit the Ichabod Crane Parent Resources Website Here.   

Student Learning Devices & Internet Assistance (Added: September 1)

View the full schedule for student remote learning device pick-up and information about internet availability assistance from Spectrum.

Community Forums

Below are the slide presentations from the individual building level Community Forums.

External Safety Resources for Families


COVID-19 Safety Checklist for Families
Masks & Face Coverings
Social Distancing