School Reopening Information & Updates

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 ( 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)

Reopening News (Updated: March 5, 2021)

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

View the Reopening News Archive here.

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?

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


Reopening Plan

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:

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
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

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