This webpage will be updated regularly as information and resources become available. Last updated May 29, 2020.
Governor Cuomo announced that all school districts in New York State are closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year to help protect the public against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
All extracurricular activities and events are suspended during this time period. Our District will continue to reach out to our families to keep you updated on the situation as it progresses. We continue to monitor guidance from local, state and federal agencies to inform and reassess our decision making.
Also In Effect During the School Closure
- All CCSD buildings are closed to visitors. We are limiting staffing to workers essential to the operations of our school. No other visitors will have access our buildings.
- Use of playground areas is prohibited
- All Adult Education classes are canceled
- Use of our facilities by community organizations/leagues is suspended
- Fine Arts Booster Club Meeting June 1
- MED PTA meeting June 2
- Spring Sports Awards Night June 4
- SAT Exams June 6
- CSSTA Retirement Celebration June 5
- ACT Exams at CHS June 13
- Athletic Booster Club Meeting June 8
- Board of Education Meeting June 9
- Music in the Park Concert June 11
- Spring Driver Education program
- 2020 Spring Athletic Season
The following events are postponed
- School Budget Vote & Board Election postponed to June 9
- National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
- Global 9 Pre-AP Test
- Voter Registration at MED is Postponed to May 20, 3-7 pm
- Grade 6 Parent Orientation Evening
- CHS Junior Prom
End of the School year
The last day of classes for the 2019-20 school year is June 18, 2020, due to school being held through the spring break.
The NYS Education Department has canceled the following assessments for the 2021-2020 school year.
- New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test
- New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test
- New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test
- New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test
- New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12
- New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school
- New York State June Regents Exams
- New York State August Regents Exams
Continuity of Learning While School Is Out
Our schools have transitioned to formalized online instruction and are committed to providing appropriate coursework for students during the period of school closure. Teachers are providing instruction and assignments directly to students through online classroom platforms. Students and parents can feel free to contact their teachers, administrators or the main office with any questions. Teachers will be available via email, Class Dojo, Google Classroom, or other platforms throughout the cancellation period. All teachers will be checking their emails and/or other classroom platforms regularly.
Additional materials available online:
MED Elementary School
For students in grades K-5, no letter or number grades will be given. A student’s report card for the third and final trimester will be a simple narrative reviewing the concepts the student has been learning, as well as overall comments from the teacher concerning the entire school year.
3rd Trimester Report Cards are tentatively scheduled to be released on June 26 through the Parent Portal.
CMS & CHS
Students in grades 6-12 will be given a grade of Complete (student submitted work that was assigned and demonstrated satisfactory effort and engagement) or Incomplete (student did not complete work that was assigned or demonstrate satisfactory effort and engagement). For both full-year and partial-year courses, there will be no formal final exams.
4th Quarter Progress Reports will be released through the Parent Portal on May 22.
Teachers will provide one of the following comments:
Student is fully engaged in Remote Learning
Student is moderately engaged in Remote Learning
Student is minimally engaged in Remote Learning
Student is not engaged in Remote Learning
4th Quarter Report Cards are tentatively scheduled to be released on June 26 through the Parent Portal. Course grades will either be a Complete or Incomplete (C/I) along with one of the comments listed above.
University in the High School Courses (College in High School/Dual-Credit Courses) – Final grades for all UHS students will be reported to the associated college or university following the guidelines set by each institution and the grades will be reported on the student’s CHS transcript. This includes both full-year and semester courses.
Technology Support for Families
If parents run into technical difficulties while trying to access learning resources, we ask that you send an email to our Information Technology Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Service While School Is Out
We are here to help! The Chatham Central School District is offering free meal delivery Monday, Wednesday, Friday for children while our schools are closed. If you have children, reside in the District, and are in need, please call 518.392.1536 to let our food service director know how many children in your household need meals.
2020 School Budget Vote and Board Election
Chatham Central School District’s School Budget Vote and Board Election has been rescheduled to June 9, 2020 and will take place by absentee ballot, per an executive order issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo. More information is available on our Budget Information Page.
CCSD Family Newsletter – April
Tips for Families: Talking About the Coronavirus
COVID-19 Social Story
COVID-19 Video Social Story
AFIRM “Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times” guide
Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
BrainPop cartoon video explaining Coronavirus
NPR Comic for Kids explaining Coronavirus
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Help Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty
Fear and Anxiety – An Age by Age Guide to Common Fears, The Reasons for Each and How to Manage Them
How to Talk About Coronavirus With Kids
The Yucky Bug – Julia Cook
So You’ve Got Questions about Coronavirus
Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Published by the National Association of School Psychologists)
Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers
The NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and your local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agency are here to support you during this difficult time with your child care needs. Take the OCFS Parent Need for Child Care Survey
Emotional Support, Mental Health and Anxiety Resources
NYS Office of Mental Health COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline 1-888-863-9314 https://omh.ny.gov/
NYS has partnered with Headspace to offer New Yorkers free meditation and mindfulness content at www.headspace.com/ny
The Counseling Dood – Elementary-level social, emotional & behavioral resources, brought to you by MED’s Finley the Goldendoodle!
Chatham High School & Middle School Counseling Page
Mindfulness and Meditation Smore
Taking Care of your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
Down Dog App, which includes the apps Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout, is free until April 1st and has exercises you can do at home
Feeling Anxious Or Worried? Listen To These 8 Podcasts
Coronavirus Anxiety: 4 Ways to Cope with Fear
Help Kids Manage Anxiety around the Coronavirus (3 Expert Videos)
Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety
Expert Offers Practical Advice to Manage Your Coronavirus Anxiety
Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About COVID-19
NYSOH Health Insurance Special Enrollment Period
NY State of Health has opened a Special Enrollment Period for people who are uninsured, and has started an awareness campaign to let people know that NY State of Health is there as a safety net during the COVID-19 crisis. Many New Yorkers who are without health insurance are eligible should apply now through NY State of Health. If you lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of a loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus, or subsidized Qualified Health Plan coverage. Visit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov for help finding a health care plan that works for you. For questions, contact the Marketplace at 518-486-9102 or NYSOH@health.ny.gov.
About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can lead to fever, coughing, trouble breathing and/or shortness of breath. While approximately 80% of cases lead to mild symptoms, there can be life-threatening cases, especially among older adults and those who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. The virus is likely spread from cough and sneeze droplets, close contact with an infected individual, or by touching a surface contaminated with the virus and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of the virus most commonly include fever with dry cough, shortness of breath, and pneumonia. Other symptoms reported include tiredness, headache, runny nose, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste, diarrhea, and body aches. Some people may have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all but may still be contagious.
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this new virus. Federal, state, and local health departments recommend these simple steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home whenever possible.
- Practice social distancing – stay at least six feet from others and avoid large groups.
- If you must go out, wear a mask to cover your mouth and nose.
- 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 and keep your children home if they 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, such as toys, door handles, cellphones, and countertops.
Additionally, if you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory illness and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider before going there and inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, then follow their advice.
Novel Coronavirus Hotlines
New York State has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.
Columbia Memorial Health has also established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 518-828-8249.
More Information about Coronavirus is available at:
When We Return
Our District has ample cleaning and disinfectant supplies needed to perform daily precautionary efforts to help prevent the spread of illness, including cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic and high-touch areas, including in classrooms and on buses. Along with our cleaning staff, we have made appropriate disinfectant products available to faculty and staff so that they may regularly disinfect high-touch areas in their classrooms or offices as well.
Changes To What Students Can Bring To School
- Students are now allowed to bring alcohol-based hand sanitizers to school in their backpacks, though hand washing is the preferable practice.
- Please do not send in homemade food to be shared.
When reporting an illness-related absence to your child’s school, please leave details (fever, cough, strep throat, etc.). We will be actively monitoring attendance throughout the District.