Coronavirus Update

NYS Extends School Closure Until April 29

On April 6, Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the school closure for all New York schools until Wednesday, April 29 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

If we receive any further updates, we will make sure to share them with our community.

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Families Encouraged to Apply for Free & Reduced Lunch

Food Service Director Lori Audi would like to encourage families who have been financially effected by the coronavirus pandemic to please fill out a Free and Reduced Price Lunch application.

We will continue to offer free meals on Monday mornings during the school closure for any students who need them.

But filling out the application will help ensure families are eligible for free or reduced price meals when the pandemic is over, carrying over to the summer and into the new school year.

Please contact Ms. Audi at laudi@wynantskillufsd.org for an application.

Coronavirus Update

Update on Closure Ordered by Governor

Wynantskill UFSD would like to update our community about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s order to close all schools until Wednesday, April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Schools have been instructed that they should continue their home instruction efforts through the Spring Recess, which is scheduled to begin Friday, April 10. Schools are also expected to open school on April 15 instead of stay closed for the scheduled recess, unless Governor Cuomo extends the school closure again.

Wynantskill UFSD will continue to provide free meals to any students who want them while school is closed, including during the scheduled recess.

As always, if anything changes we will make sure to update our community as soon as we are informed. Thank you.

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Meals Available for Free and Reduced Price Lunch

Gardner-Dickinson School will offer a week of meals for any student who wants them each Monday from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Pick up location is the loading dock on the right side of the building. Meals will be ready for any families who picked them up last week.

If you have not received the meals and would like to, please email Food Service Director Lori Audi at laudi@wynantskillufsd.org with names of students and any allergies or restrictions.

You can also leave a message at 518-283-4600 ext. 22.

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Educators Read Stories in Videos

Gardner-Dickinson School misses our students terribly during this school closure. So educators have recorded videos of themselves reading one of their favorite books that we will share each day.

We will post them here.

Coronavirus Update

School Closure Updates

To make it easier for families to find the latest information about the school closing due to coronavirus precautions, we are listing all updates on this webpage.

Classes Canceled Through Tuesday, April 14

Out of an abundance of caution, Wynantskill UFSD canceled school for two weeks starting Tuesday, March 17. Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the school closing for all New York schools through Tuesday April 14.

Please note that the closure may be extended. We will keep our community updated of any developments.

Buildings Closed to Visitors Starting Wednesday, March 18

Starting Wednesday, March 18, school buildings are closed to visitors. We apologize for the inconvenience but we want to minimize the number of people in our buildings and allow our Facilities Department to thoroughly clean with minimal disruption.

Home Instruction Resources

During the school closure, our teachers are working to help keep students learning. While nothing replaces direct teacher instruction in a classroom, please check our Contact US webpage for email addresses, websites and social media accounts for teachers.

Playground Closed

The school’s playground is closed during the school closure by order of New York State to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Capital District YMCA to Provide Childcare for Essential Personnel

The YMCA is providing childcare services for essential personnel who do not have the option to work from home, as defined by the NYS Education Department. More info here.

Free Meals Available for Students

A week of meals for students will be available to pick up at school Monday, March 30. Please contact Food Services Director Lori Audi at 518-283-4600 ext. 22 or laudi@wynantskillufsd.org if you are eligible for the program and would like to receive meals.

Technology

Families facing technology challenges during school closure are asked to please email Superintendent Dr. Thomas Reardon.

Grades 3-8 Assessments Suspended

New York State has suspended the Grades 3-8 ELA and Math assessments this school year.

Preventative Measures for Families

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an excellent website with preventative measures.

  • Here are some basic guidelines.
  • Encourage your family to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is the top recommendation by the NYS Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Throw away tissues after use and wash hands with soap and water.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, including cell phones

Have a Question About an Update That Is Not Listed Here?

Please email Communications Specialist Jason McCord if you have a question not listed on this webpage.

Wynantskill UFSD

Parent Letter with Coronavirus Updates

Dear families,

We would like to share some updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, which we continue to monitor closely.

Our district response team continues to meet regularly to discuss preventative measures, and immediate and long-term needs. We are following the guidance of the Rensselaer County Health Department, who we have communicated with and has provided outstanding support.

We will update families regularly as we receive new information and share any changes to our procedures. This is a rapidly developing situation so we ask families to please understand that we may need to make changes on short notice but we will communicate any changes as quickly as possible through our website, eNews and automated text messaging system when necessary.

Preventative Measures at School
  • We continue to clean and disinfect high-touch areas like handrails, doorknobs and bathrooms as well as buses.
  • We continue to remind students, faculty and staff the importance of hand-washing and other preventative measures.
  • We installed additional hand sanitizers in the school.
  • We extended lunch period to provide students additional time to wash their hands before lunch.
  • The district maintains an adequate supply of cleaning and disinfectant products that are confirmed to be effective against COVID-19.
Preventative Measures at Home
  • Encourage your family to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is the top recommendation by the NYS Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Throw away tissues after use.
  • If your child is not feeling well, for whatever reason, please keep them home.
  • If parents are not feeling well, please avoid coming to school.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, including cell phones.
School Events and Field Trips

At this time, all school events, field trips and other large group gatherings will continue as scheduled at the recommendation of the Rensselaer County Health Department. Please know that this may change and we will let our community know immediately of any changes. As always, if parents are uncomfortable with their children attending an event or field trip they have the option of withholding them from that activity.

Possible School Closure

On March 10, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that if a school has a student who tests positive for COVID-19, then that school will be closed for 24 hours. During that time, the school will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and the situation will be assessed regarding whether to close the school for a longer period of time. If the event of a school closure, we would immediately announce it through our regular emergency communications systems.

Additional Resources

Sincerely,

Dr. Thomas Reardon
Superintendent