Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response & Resources

This webpage is updated regularly as information and resources become available. Last updated January 22, 2021.

As we have throughout this crisis, our District will continue to follow the guidance and regulations set by state and local authorities that govern how we may safely deliver instruction.

Currently In Effect

  • In-person/Hybrid learning – Students in grades PreK-6 as well as special education and English language learners attend school in-person five days a week. Students in grades 7-12 attend school according to a hybrid schedule, with students alternating between in-person instruction one day and remote learning the next. Fully-remote learning is provided online for families who requested it.
  • The wearing of masks is required while on campus
  • Visitor access to our buildings is restricted to essential personnel only
  • If you need to visit a school or District office, please call ahead to make arrangements
  • Use of our facilities by community organizations/leagues is suspended
  • Board of Education meetings are held by video conference

The following are postponed/suspended/canceled

  • MED PTA Cupcake Wars on January 25 – Canceled 
  • 2020-21 High-risk Winter Sports – Postponed Until Authorized by NYS
  • January, 2021 Regents Exams – Canceled
  • MED PTA Glow Dance on February 20 – Canceled
  • NYS Winter Sports Championships – Canceled
  • PSAT at CHS – Postponed Until Further Notice
  • Chatham Adult Education Program – Suspended Until Further Notice
  • CHS In-person Driver Education – Suspended Until Further Notice

School-based COVID-19 Testing Information

What to do if Your Child is Sick

Please refer to the following resources if your child is exhibiting any symptoms of an illness at home or is sent home from school due to illness.

CCSD Guidelines Regarding Student Illnesses

NYSDOH COVID-19 In-Person Decision Making Flowchart for Student Attendance

NYSDOH Flowchart: My child has COVID-19 symptoms. When can they go back to school?

CCSD Return to School After Illness Form

Communications/Letters

COVID-19 Update – Positive Case Reported (Jan. 22, 2021)

COVID-19 Update – Positive Cases Reported (Jan. 21, 2021)

COVID-19 Update – Positive Cases Reported (Jan. 20, 2021)

COVID-19 Update – Positive Cases Reported (Jan. 19, 2021)

COVID-19 Update – Positive Cases Reported (Jan. 12, 2021)

COVID-19 Update – Positive Cases Reported (Jan. 11, 2021)

CCSD Pivots to Remote Learning January 11-22 (Jan. 8, 2021)

COVID-19 Update – Positive Case Reported (Jan. 7, 2021)

COVID-19 Update – Positive Cases Reported (Jan. 6, 2021)

Requests to Switch to Remote Learning (Jan. 5, 2021)

COVID-19 Update – Positive Case Reported (Dec. 22, 2020)

All Schools Fully Remote Dec. 23 (Dec. 22, 2020)

Cluster Zone Testing Requirements for Schools (Dec. 18, 2020)

Food Service

Chatham CSD is now offering ALL students meals at NO COST! Thanks to a USDA program to assist families during the COVID-19 crisis, the USDA is covering the cost of all meals served by our school cafeteria program. This means all students Pre-k to Grade 12 participating in remote, hybrid or in-person learning are eligible for free breakfast and lunch. No registration is required!

In-person Students: Meals will be available for purchase during school hours.

Remote Students: Grab-and-go meals are available for purchase to any family interested. These meals will be available each day from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and pick up will be at the MED front door. Please email or call Barb Murray murrayb@chatham.k12.ny.us 518-392-1536 to sign up for these meals.

Athletics

Winter 2020-21 Season

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced today that it has canceled all 2021 Winter State Championships and postponed high-risk sports (basketball, competitive cheerleading, and volleyball) until authorization is granted by state officials. Read NYSPHSAA’s full release here…

NYS has cleared low/moderate risk sports (bowling) to play, the start date for which was December 14, 2020 for Section 2.

Fall Sports Season II

NYSPHSAA has moved football, girls volleyball, and cheerleading to a condensed “Fall Sports Season II” scheduled for March 1, 2021.

Spring 2021 Season

As a result of the Fall Sports Season II, the start of traditional spring sports has been pushed back to late April, 2021. Read NYSPHAAA Statement.

Athletics Health & Safety Guidelines

NYSPHSAA

Patroon Conference

Technology Support for Families

Helpdesk

If parents run into technical difficulties while trying to access learning resources from home, we ask that you send an email to our Information Technology Department at helpdesk@chatham.k12.ny.us . If you do not have access to the Internet or a device for your child to use the learning resources, we may be able to help. Please contact the IT office at 518.392.2400 extension 4041, or by email at helpdesk@chatham.k12.ny.us.

Tutorials

Parent Technology Workshop

Parent/student Google Classroom Tutorial

How to access grid view in Google Meets

State Testing

The NYS Education Department has canceled the January 2021 administration of the High School Regents Examination Program due to the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic. This cancellation applies to all Regents Exams that had been scheduled for the January 2021 Regents Examination period. January Regents Cancelation FAQ.

No decisions have been made regarding the June and August, 2021 administrations of Regents Examinations or any of the other State assessment programs.

NYSDOH PreK-Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit

The NYS Department of Health PreK-Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit provides useful information about determining when to keep your child home from school, what to do if your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, traveling to and from Restricted States identified by the Governor, protocols for contacts of symptomatic students and staff, and school district and local health department coordination of contact tracing.

Celebrating the Holidays Safely

The CDC has provided guidance on how to celebrate the holidays safely at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween

Travel Advisory in Effect

On October 31, 2020, Governor Cuomo revised the State’s position on out-of-state travel and quarantine. The updated requirements went into effect on November 4, 2020.

NYS has issued a Travel Advisory for all U.S. states, with the exception of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Any traveler spending more than 24 hours in any state included in the travel advisory must quarantine for 14 immediately upon their return to NYS. Travelers now have the option to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine by following specific guidelines:

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

COVID-19 Report Card

New York school districts are required to provide the Department of Health with daily data on the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in each school. The information is publicly available on a new online dashboard developed by DOH.

Parenting Resources:

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)

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
www.gozen.com
www.calm.com
Mini Meditation
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 extended through 2020 its Special Enrollment Period for people who are uninsured. The 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 and should apply now through NY State of Health. 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)

Background

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 and droplets produced by talking or breathing, close contact with an infected individual, or by touching a surface contaminated with the virus and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Symptoms

According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of the virus most commonly include fever with dry cough, shortness of breath, pneumonia, 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.

Prevention

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:

  • Wear a mask/covering over your mouth and nose.
  • Stay home whenever possible.
  • Practice social distancing – stay at least six feet from others and avoid large groups.
  • 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.

More Information about Coronavirus is available at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/

http://www.nysed.gov/

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.