Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response & Resources

This webpage is updated regularly as information and resources become available. Last updated August 10, 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.

Reopening of School

NYS released reopening guidance to schools the week of July 13, 2020 and individual school district’s reopening plans were due to the state by Friday, July 31. On August 7, Governor Cuomo announced that all schools in New York State are authorized to reopen this fall and that individual school districts will have flexibility in determining how they will reopen and deliver instruction. With this announcement, Chatham Central School District can begin finalizing our plans for reopening and we expect to be able to provide our community with more information on our plans shortly.

Town Hall Meeting on Reopening Wednesday, August 12

Our next Town Hall on reopening takes place at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom webinar. A panel that includes our superintendent and elementary, middle, and high school principals will discuss Chatham Central School District’s reopening plans for September. So that we are best able to address your questions, we ask that parents submit your questions ahead of time by email to chathamunited@chatham.k12.ny.us. The panel will also provide time for parents to ask questions live during the meeting.  Please follow the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87006873266

Reopening Resources (posted here as they become available)

Have a question/comment about reopening? Send it to chathamunited@chatham.k12.ny.us

Currently In Effect

  • If you need to visit a school or District office, please call ahead to make arrangements
  • Use of playground areas is prohibited
  • Use of our facilities by community organizations/leagues is suspended

The following are postponed/canceled

  • New York State August Regents Exams – Canceled
  • 2020 Fall Sports Season  – Postponed to September 21

Communications/Letters

Summer Food Service Programs

If you need meals during the summer you can receive them free through Hudson City School District, which is our area’s distributor for the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. Learn more by reading our Letter to Parents About Summer Food Service

Also, New Lebanon Central School District is hosting Community Food Giveaways twice a month during the summer.

Athletics

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has delayed the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season to September 21st, canceled the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships, and is preparing to implement a condensed season schedule in January, 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. This decision comes at the recommendation of NYSPHSAA’s COVID-19 Task Force. Read a full statement from NYSPHSAA here…

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 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.

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)

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
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 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.

Travel Advisory

NYS has issued travel advisories for a number of U.S. states. People visiting or traveling from these states must quarantine for 14 days immediately upon their return to NYS.

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

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, 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, 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.

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.