More details on fully virtual learning model

Dear Cohoes families,

Now that we’ve had an opportunity to gauge interest in our fully virtual K-12 learning model, we are able to provide some additional details for our families. Please note, there will not be a virtual model for students in our UPK classes as long as schools remain open.

In consideration of the updated information below, families will have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18 to commit to either in-person or the fully virtual learning model for the first 10 weeks of school. If you’ve already submitted a form to enroll your child(ren) in the fully virtual model, no action is needed.

Forms are available below to enroll in the fully virtual model (if you haven’t already) or unenroll if you previously registered and would like to change your decision. We thank you for your cooperation, as much planning is involved in the development of these models.


Students will be grouped by grade level into classes, taught by a Cohoes teacher, that include students from the district’s three elementary schools. Zoom and/or Google Meet will be the meeting platform. Google Classroom will continue to be utilized for students to access materials and assignments. Textbooks and workbooks will also be provided. Special Education students and ENL students will receive direct and indirect supports.

Daily attendance will be taken and the day will be structured as follows:

  • 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. (2 hours ELA, 1 hour Math, 1 hour 45 minutes Science, Social Studies, Social Emotional Learning, other)
  • 11:30 – 12:30 (Lunch)
  • Specials (Art, Music, Physical Education) will be self-directed and project-based. Participation in these areas can occur during the lunch break or after school.

Middle and High School

Cohoes Middle and High School students in the fully virtual program will be assigned to Blue and Gold teams, alternating every other day between synchronous (live) instruction with their teacher and asynchronous, or self-directed, with lessons recorded or posted online.

The live virtual lessons will be taught by Cohoes teachers through Zoom and/or Google Meet. Students will follow a period-by-period class schedule reflecting an actual school day. All assignments will be placed and organized in Schoology for students and their parents/guardians.

An emphasis will be placed on ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages and Regents courses. Every effort will be made at the high school to offer virtual opportunities in advanced courses and electives. Due to staffing and enrollment considerations, not all courses will be available in the fully virtual model. At the middle school, art, music and physical education classes will be project-based and self-directed.

Special Education and ENL students will receive direct and indirect supports.

Daily attendance will be documented and quarterly numeric grades will be calculated and reported. More information about grading procedures will be provided in the coming weeks.

Please note that Chromebook distribution will be limited to one per family.

Links to forms

Register for fully virtual model 
Note: If you have previously registered your child(ren) for virtual learning and wish to stay with that decision, no action is needed.

Cancel my registration in fully virtual model
This is for families who previously registered a child for fully virtual learning, but would like to change to in-person.

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