Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response & Resources

This webpage is updated regularly as information and resources become available. Last updated October 19, 2020.

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 when classes resume in September.

Currently In Effect

  • In-person/Hybrid learning – Students are following their “regular” trimester or quarterly schedule. 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 – Provided online for families who requested it.
  • 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

The following are postponed/suspended

  • PSAT at CHS – Postponed Until Further Notice
  • No MED Halloween Parade for 2020
  • Chatham Adult Education Program – Suspended Until Further Notice
  • CHS In-person Driver Education – Suspended Until Further Notice

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 gets 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

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

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA) delayed the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season to September 21st, canceled the Fall, 2020 Regional and State Championships, and moved football, girls volleyball, and cheerleading to a condensed “Fall Sports Season II” starting March 1, 2021. As a result,  the start of traditional spring sports has been pushed back to late April, 2021. Read NYSPHAAA Statetment.

NYSPHSAA has also provided a Return to Interscholastic Athletic Guide for the 2020-2021 School Year.

The Patroon Conference has released health and safety guidelines for interschool athletics.

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

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.

Reopening of School 2020

Additional resources are available on our Reopening of School 2020 Documents Page…

Travel Advisory in Effect

NYS has issued a Travel Advisory for a number of U.S. states. Any staff or students who travel out of state to any location on the list will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to New York State. Persons who travel to any states listed on the Travel Advisory should self-report their travel to the school for instructions. Persons who travel via airplane and are required to complete a survey upon arrival in NYS should still self-report their travel to the school. If a location has been removed from the travel advisory list while a person is serving their related 14 day mandatory quarantine, that person must still complete the full 14 days of mandatory quarantine before returning to school.

In the event that someone within a household travels to a state on the travel advisory list and returns to New York State, but the student or staff member does not travel, that student or staff member may be allowed to return to school without a 14 day mandatory quarantine. In the event that a person in a household who has traveled becomes a positive case, the local health department will identify all household members as close contacts and quarantine all members of the household for 14 days.

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.