In our ongoing effort to give up-to-date information about the reopening of schools this fall, we will be centralizing updates on this page. Please check back regularly for the latest information.
As we proceed through these uncertain and quickly changing times, please know that the health and social-emotional well-being of our students and staff will remain our top priority. The 2020-2021 school year will require us all to collaborate and adapt as we go. As a school community, we will create a safe, effective learning environment for our students and we will get through this unprecedented time in history together.
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.
Jump To On This Page: Where to Send Questions | Reopening News | 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 |
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 (email@example.com or 518-758-7575 ext. 4002)
Middle School: Tim Farley/Anthony Marturano (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or 518-758-7575 ext. 5002/5007)
Primary School: Andrea Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-758-7575 ext. 6002)
Facilities: Steven Marotta (email@example.com or 518-758-7575 ext. 3501)
Transportation: Dan Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-758-7575 ext. 3551)
Food Services: Todd DiGrigoli (email@example.com or 518-758-7575 ext. 3016)
COVID-19 Questions: Michelle Warner (firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-758-7575 ext. 4093)
Reopening News (Updated: March 5, 2021)
Click through below for the latest and past school reopening news updates.
- March 5, 2021 – Superintendent Message: 6th-Grade Return to In-Person Instruction
- March 5, 2021 – Update On Grade 7-12 Synchronous Instruction
- February 27, 2021 – Notification of Positive COVID-19 Case
- February 24, 2021 – Intramurals & Modified Athletics for Grade 7-8 Students
- February 18, 2021 – Riders Athletics to Livestream Games
- February 12, 2021 – Superintendent Message: Checking-In Before Break
- February 11, 2021 – Winter Athletics: Update on High-Risk Sports (Updated February 11, originally posted January 27)
- February 11, 2021 – Notification of Positive COVID-19 Case
When To Stay Home & When You Can Return to School (Added: October 5)
New York State Dept. of Health Flowcharts
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?
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.
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”.
Reopening Plan for 2020-2021 School Year
View the complete Ichabod Crane 2020-2021 School Year Reopening Plan here.
This document was submitted to New York State on July 31, 2020.
Highlighted Plan Components (Added: August 14)
Per Governor Cuomo’s directives on August 7, we are required to highlight three particular sections of our plan and ensure they are readily accessible. Those components are COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing and Remote Learning. These three components of our full Reopening Plan are below:
- Ichabod Crane Remote Learning Plan (Updated: September 1, 2020)
- Ichabod Crane COVID Testing Plan
- Ichabod Crane Contact Tracing Plan
Frequently Asked Questions, COVID-19 Testing & Safety Protocols (Updated: January 11)
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.
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
- Face Mask/Covering Protocols
- Social Distancing Protocols
- Protocol for Symptomatic/Positive COVID-19 Individual
New York State Travel Ban
We expect all Ichabod Crane families will take responsibility to protect the entire school community by reporting any travel to states on New York’s Restricted List to the Columbia County Department of Health. Links to the most recent information about the NYS Travel Advisory and an updated list of Restricted Travel States is here https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory
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.
Student Learning Devices & Internet Assistance (Added: September 1)
Below are the slide presentations from the individual building level Community Forums.
- Primary School Forum: Wednesday (August 12)
- Middle School Forum: Wednesday (August 12)
- High School Forum: Thursday (August 13)
External Safety Resources for Families
COVID-19 Safety Checklist for Families
- Keeping Your Child & School Safe from COVID-19(Added: November 9)
Masks & Face Coverings
- VIDEO: How to Properly Put On & Take Off Face Masks (Added: September 1)
- Duke Study Confirms Which Masks Are Most Effective
- Encouraging Kids & Students To Wear Face Masks
- Be A Mask Hero
- Whys And Hows Of Face Masks