2020-21 School Year/COVID-19 Updates and Information

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COVID Case Updates

The most recent COVID case updates will appear at the top. Updates will be removed 10 days after they are posted.

Apr. 19 | Cohoes High School

The district learned Monday of a COVID case in the Cohoes High School community. The individual was last in the building on Apr. 15. No contact tracing was necessary, per the health department.

Apr. 16 | Abram Lansing

The district learned Friday of a COVID case in the Abram Lansing school community. The individual was last in the building on Apr. 1. No contact tracing was necessary, per the health department.

Apr. 15 | Cohoes High School

The district learned Wednesday of a COVID case in the Cohoes High School community. The individual was last in the building on Apr. 13.

District leaders worked closely with the health department to supply contact tracing information. Any students or staff members who were considered a close or proximate contact have been contacted by Principal Laura Tarlo and will also be contacted by the Department of Health to discuss the need to quarantine and other related information.

Apr. 14 | Summary of Recent Cases

The district is compiling information on a number of COVID cases that were confirmed during or soon after the recent break. This update includes seven cases, none of which required contact tracing, per the health department.

  • Abram Lansing (1 case) – The individual has not been in the building this marking period.
  • Harmony Hill (1 case) – The individual was last in the building on Apr. 1.
  • Van Schaick (1 case) – The individual was last in the building on Apr. 1
  • Cohoes Middle School (1 case) – The individual has not been in the building this quarter.
  • Cohoes High School (3 cases) – Two of the individuals have not been in the building this quarter. One of the individuals was last in the building on Apr. 1.

April 9 | Van Schaick

The district learned over break of two COVID cases in the Van Schaick Grade School community. The individuals were last in the building on April 1. No contact tracing was necessary, per the health department.

April 9 | Cohoes Middle School

The district learned over break of three COVID cases in the Cohoes Middle School community, two of which required contact tracing.

  • For the two cases that involved contact tracing, the individuals were last in the building on Mar. 31. Any students or staff members who were considered a close or proximate contact have been contacted by district leaders and will also be contacted by the Department of Health to discuss the need to quarantine and other related information.
  • For the third case, the individual was last in the building on Apr. 1. No contact tracing was necessary, per the health department.

COVID-19 Report Card

The district will report positive cases daily to the NYS Department of Health’s COVID-19 Report Card dashboard.

State local health departments will be notified immediately of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual in school facilities or on school grounds.

Contact tracing and quarantine orders will be directed by the Albany County Department of Health. The district will participate fully in all contact tracing efforts so that local health officials can contact and notify families of any possible exposure to COVID-19, and direct families of the necessary steps (testing, quarantine, etc.)

Learn more about COVID-19 testing and contact tracing as it relates to our schools.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

A complete list of COVID-19 testing sites in Albany County is available on the Department of Health website.

Daily Health Attestation

One of the precautions we’re taking amid the COVID-19 pandemic is a daily health screening of all Cohoes students and staff. This is also a requirement of school reopening plans. The screening is designed to identify potential symptoms and assess possible exposure to the virus. Families will receive a daily reminder via email and text to complete a screening in ParentSquare for each Cohoes student in the household. The screening must be submitted prior to arrival at school.

Learn more about daily health attestations in ParentSquare.

Health Checks and Returning to In-Person Learning

Health Checks

The district has developed resources to educate parents/guardians and staff members regarding the careful observation of symptoms of COVID-19 and health screening measures that must be conducted each morning before coming to school. Please see the “Health Checks” section of our reopening plan for more information on symptoms to look for and when to keep your child home from school.

Returning to In-Person Learning

The district is following the latest New York State Department of Health guidance for school districts, parents, health care providers and others to use in determining how and when students and staff can return to school after showing symptoms of coronavirus or similar illness, or being exposed to the coronavirus.

School Meals

All students in Grades K-12 receive free breakfast and lunch every day through the Community Eligibility Program (CEP).

For students taking part in the all-virtual or hybrid learning model, Grab and Go meals are available each school day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at our three elementary schools.

Visit our Food Services page for menus and more.

Cohoes Food Pantry Locations/Hours

Church of Holy Trinity
122 Vliet Blvd.
Food pantry is on Simmons Ave. in the small building behind the church.
Ph: 257-2501
T/Th, 10am – Noon

United Church of Cohoes
123 Mohawk St.
Ph: 237-0278
M/W/F, 10am – Noon

Good Ground Family Church
49 Johnston Ave.
Ph: 463-6678
M/Th, 10am – 2pm
(last week of the month hours for pantry are 10-11:30am)

Cohoes CSD Reopening Information

Cohoes students returned to school on Friday, Sept. 11, in our in-person/hybrid learning model, which also provides an option for fully virtual learning. The health and safety of our students, our staff and our school community remains our top priority. We are in an environment of change and as a result, we will continue to update the reopening plan as needed throughout the year.

District Social-Emotional Support & Health Resources

Cohoes City School District social workers, psychologists, counselors and nurses are available to support students and families with individual concerns. Please make contact by email, and let them know if you would prefer phone or email conversation.

Watch our Virtual Parent Academy session “Off to a great start: Social emotional supports.”

Coronavirus Resources & Health Tips

In addition, New York has a Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.

Preparing our students for success in tomorrow’s world.

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