This webpage is updated regularly as information and resources become available. Last updated April 19, 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-8 as well as special education and English language learners attend school in-person five days a week. Students in grades 9-12 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/public is suspended
- Board of Education meetings are held by video conference
- MED playground is closed to the public
- The Patroon Conference is not allowing spectators at indoor athletic events, and is limiting outdoor athletic events to two spectators per athlete.
- Athletes and coaches participating in high-risk sports must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing
The following are postponed/suspended/canceled
- MED Musical – Canceled
- MED PTA Pastries event on May 18 – Canceled
- MED Arbor Day – 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
- Nature’s Classroom Sleepover Trip – Canceled
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
* For earlier communications visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Communications Archive
Reopening of School 2020-21 Plan & Related Information
- CCSD Reopening Plan for 2020-21 School Year – August 3, 2020
- Snapshot Summary of Reopening Plan – August 4, 2020
- Reopening 2020 Q&A
- Contact Tracing for Schools – (August 14, 2020)
- COVID-19 Testing Information – (August 14, 2020)
- Remote Learning Information – (August 14, 2020)
Additional resources are available on our Reopening of School 2020 Documents Page…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 518-392-1536 to sign up for these meals.
The Columbia County Department of Health requires the seven-day-rolling average infection rate to be at or below 4 percent for high-risk sports games to take place, and athletes and coaches must undergo weekly testing. If the County’s infection rate reaches 5 percent or above, all games and practices will be subject to postponement or cancellation.
Fall Sports Season II
NYSPHSAA has moved football, girls volleyball, and cheerleading to a condensed “Fall Sports Season II” scheduled to begin in March, 2021.
Spring 2021 Season
As a result of the Fall Sports Season II, the start of traditional spring sports has been pushed back to April 25, 2021. Read NYSPHAAA Statement.
Athletics Health & Safety Guidelines
The Patroon Conference is not allowing spectators at indoor athletic events, and is limiting outdoor athletic events to two spectators per athlete.
- Patroon Conference General Guidelines & Guidelines for Athletes, Coaches & Parents
- Patroon Conference Guidelines for Spectators
Technology Support for Families
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 email@example.com
2020-21 State Assessment Information
Grades 3-8 English, math and science state assessments will take place as computer-based testing. Earlier this year, the New York State Board of Regents petitioned the federal Department of Education for a waiver to cancel the Grades 3-8 Math and English Language Arts exams, as well as the Grades 4 and 8 Science exams, but that waiver has so far been denied. These exams were canceled during the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While students will have to take the state assessment tests, there will be some changes this year. Only the first session of the Grades 3-8 Math and ELA exams will be administered instead of two sessions. Only the written portion of the Grades 4-8 Science exams will be administered while the performance tests will not be given.
The NYS Education Department has stated that it will not be possible to administer any state assessments remotely this year. All exams will be administered in-person. Students who have opted to learn in a fully-remote environment will not be expected to participate, though they will have the option of attending in-person to complete the assessments. All students who attend school in-person to take the exams will be prohibited from bringing cell phones and other personal electronic devices with them.
In March, 2021 the state Board of Regents deployed emergency regulations for exemptions to Regents diploma requirements. For June examinations, only exams required under the Every Student Succeeds Act will take place, including English Language Arts, Algebra 1, Earth Science and Living Environment. August Regents exams will be canceled.
The NYS Education Department 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.
NYSDOH PreK-Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit
The NYS Department of Health PreK-Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit (updated February 1, 2021) 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
In April, 2021, NYS State revised the State’s position on out-of-state travel and quarantine. The updated requirements went into effect on April 10, 2021.
Domestic and International Travel
At this time, asymptomatic domestic and international travelers arriving in New York State are not required to test or quarantine.
All travelers must complete the NYS Travel Form unless the traveler had left New York for less than 24 hours or is coming to New York from a bordering state (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont).
For specific travel exceptions, please visit the NYS Travel Advisory website regularly.
Precautions for All Travelers
Irrespective of quarantine or vaccination status, all travelers should:
|1.||Monitor symptoms daily from day of arrival in New York through day 14;|
|2.||Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated); and|
|3.||Immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their health care provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.|
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.
School-based COVID-19 Testing Information
- Cluster Zone Testing Requirements for Schools (Updated Jan. 5, 2021)
- School-based Testing Frequently Asked Questions (Jan. 4, 2021)
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
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)
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.
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.
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:
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.