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

Precautionary Information About Coronavirus

March 5, 2020

Dear Gardner-Dickinson families,

In an effort to keep our students, employees and community well, Wynantskill UFSD is working closely with its health and safety consultant to monitor and distribute information released from the New York State Department of Health relating to the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The district is also working diligently to keep the facilities clean and its faculty, staff and students educated on how to prevent the spread of the virus.

Please see the following information from the NYS Department of Health:

A new coronavirus called 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first found in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This virus had not been found in humans before. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and trouble breathing or shortness of breath. There are thousands of diagnosed cases in China and new cases being diagnosed in a number of countries including the United States.

What do we know?

Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working hard to learn as much as possible about this new virus, so that we can better understand how it spreads and causes illness. The CDC considers this virus to be a serious public health concern. Based on current information the CDC recommends avoiding travel to China. Updated travel information related to 2019-nCoV can be found here.

How Does 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus Spread?

Health experts believe the virus probably spreads from animals to humans and from person to person. It’s not clear yet how easily the virus spreads from person-to-person. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) is not currently a concern for the general public and is not actively circulating among New Yorkers at this time. Therefore, there is no need to cancel school or social events, and there is no need for students or school staff to wear surgical masks at school.

Prevention

There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this virus. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Symptoms

Information to date suggests that 2019-nCoV causes mild-to-moderate illness and symptoms like the flu, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

This is an emerging, rapidly changing situation. For questions please contact your local department of health or the NYS DOH Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

We encourage you to keep up to date about 2019-nCoV, its treatment and prevention by visiting the following websites:

Additional Resources

We will continue to keep our community informed as guidance becomes available from the NYS Department of Health.

Sincerely,

Dr. Thomas Reardon
Superintendent