With the first day of the 2020-21 school year less than three months away, Cohoes district stakeholders are working collaboratively on a plan to reopen safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The district’s Reopening Committee, a 40-person panel made up of administrators, teachers, parents, students, board members, support staff and healthcare professionals, met June 18 to begin shaping a comprehensive and flexible plan for the upcoming school year.
“The health and safety of our students, staff and families is our top priority as we establish protocols for reopening our buildings and returning to in-person instruction,” Superintendent Jennifer Spring said.
According to Spring, decisions about reopening will be guided by the latest recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), orders from state and local governments, as well as consultation with healthcare professionals.
The district’s plan will be created on the assumption that the region will have reached Phase 4 by September and that schools will be allowed to reopen with social distancing protocols in place. The plan will be submitted for approval in August to the New York State Education Department.
Among the topics discussed, committee members contemplated the implications of COVID-19 on health and safety, facilities, instruction, social emotional health, special education, technology, athletics and food services. Subcommittees have been formed to develop comprehensive assessments and recommendations for each of those areas.
The Reopening Committee is scheduled to meet bi-monthly, with updates sent to the Cohoes school community following each meeting.
- July 8
- July 22
- August 5
- August 19
- September 2
- September 16
The district’s summer meal program will run July 7 through August 14, Monday through Friday. The “grab and go” meals (breakfast and lunch) will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the cafeteria entrance to Cohoes High School (rear of the building). The program is available to all Cohoes children age 0-18, regardless of household income.
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.
T/Th, 10am – Noon
United Church of Cohoes
123 Mohawk St.
M/W/F, 10am – Noon
Good Ground Family Church
49 Johnston Ave.
M/Th, 10am – 2pm
(last week of the month hours for pantry are 10-11:30am)
Summer vacation may look a bit different this year, but Capital Region BOCES has partnered with its 24 component school districts to bring you eight weeks of fun, enriching activities to keep children engaged all summer long! Visit the Summer Adventure website today!
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.
No cost child care for essential workers
New York State is using a portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds to provide child care to income eligible essential workers at no cost. Essential workers who must work outside of the home and who are using a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available. All licensed and regulated providers who are caring for essential workers are able to participate in this new program.
In order to qualify for the scholarship, families must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four that equals an annual income of $78,600.
Parents are asked to complete the following application for the CARES Child Care Scholarship via the link below. It informs parents that the application will be considered complete once the online application is finished AND the required supplemental documentation is submitted to Brightside Up, the Childcare Resource and Referral Agency (CCRA) for Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady counties. For parents that currently receive a subsidy from their local DSS to pay for child care, this scholarship can cover the parent co-pay. Parents should apply for the CARES Act Scholarship, and then contact their local Department of Social Services to get a letter stating their current co-pay. Please address any questions to Tricia Howland at email@example.com.
Help from the Office of Children and Family Services
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/
- 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.