Given that information related to coronavirus is a rapidly developing situation, we will use this web page to share information and resources with our families as the circumstances warrant. Time-sensitive, critical information will also be shared through Blackboard, our mass notification system.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on April 6 that due to ongoing public health concerns related to COVID-19/Coronavirus, the statewide school closure will be extended through April 29.
During this time, schools are required to provide continuity of instruction, meals for students and childcare resources every weekday, including days originally part of the district’s previously scheduled spring break from April 13-17. Our plans and resources in these areas can be found below.
If the closure is not extended, we will return to school on-site on April 30. We will continue to monitor all available guidance and directives and keep you informed if this changes.
In addition, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has canceled the June 2020 Regents exams, and has announced that students will be able to earn diploma credit for courses without taking these exams. More information about the details of these requirements will be provided to affected students in the days ahead.
“Grab and go” meals are available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cohoes High School, Van Schaick Grade School, and the United Church of Cohoes, and from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The Venue.
Two to three volunteers per day will also assist with food drop-off at the following locations and designated drop-off areas:
- 11:15 a.m. – Manor Sites, drop-off in front of main office
- 11:30 a.m. – Lionheart, drop-off in centralized parking area
- 11:45 a.m. – Roulier Heights, pick-up in front of laundry room
- 12:15 p.m. – Saratoga Sites, pick-up in front of laundry room
During this extended period of school closure, ongoing instruction remains our priority as we continue to support our students’ foundation for future learning, coursework and post-secondary plans.
After a regional collaboration led by the Capital Region BOCES and input from our administrators and teachers, we are pleased to present the district’s framework for continued learning which includes expectations for instruction, a timetable by subject-area and grade level, and information on how learning will be assessed.
Social Emotional Learning and Support Resources
While we are not with you in person, Cohoes City School District social workers, school psychologists, school counselors and parent engagement specialists are available to support students and families with individual concerns. Visit our Social Emotional Learning and Support Resources page for contact information as well as related information, articles and activities.
If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent need for child care survey. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high quality child care that they need. In addition, the OCFS website has several resources available: https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/
Families in need of childcare are welcome to contact TSL, which is currently operating daycares in Troy, Rotterdam, and Guilderland, as well as a school-age program in Albany (Western Ave near Stuyvesant Plaza).
The Capital District YMCA has extended care to cover all essential workers.
More information about child care locations, hours and registration can be found on the Capital District YMCA website.
- New York State Department of Health
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- COVID-19: What is Stigma and What Causes It?
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Prevention
- Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Talking with children about coronavirus
In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.
While the current pandemic has closed schools throughout New York State, the Committee on Special Education (CSE) must continue meeting to create Individualized Education Plans for our students who need them.
Meetings that had been scheduled for March 13-20 were canceled and will be rescheduled.
Moving forward, all CSE meetings will be held as scheduled and conducted via phone conference following guidance from the State Education Department. This change to virtual meetings will allow us to focus on student needs while limiting group gatherings until further notice. Please contact our office at 518-237-0990 with any questions.
Please feel free to reach out to our district and building leaders with any questions or concerns.
- Superintendent Jennifer Spring – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Assistant Superintendent Peggy O’Shea – email@example.com
- Director of Special Programs – Erin Hill – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Abram Lansing Elementary – Principal Cliff Bird – email@example.com
- Harmony Hill School – Principal Mark Perry – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Van Schaick Grade School – Principal Jacqueline DeChiaro – email@example.com
- Cohoes Middle School – Principal Dan Martinelli – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cohoes High School – Principal Bryan Wood – email@example.com