Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response & Resources

This webpage is updated as information and resources become available. Last updated August 30, 2022.

Questions about how we are responding to COVID-19? Send them to our dedicated coronavirus response email: chathamunited@chatham.k12.ny.us

Currently In Effect

  • The wearing of masks in schools and on school busses is optional in most circumstances.

  • Our District is providing COVID-19 point-of-care testing (with consent) in the event a student or staff member begins exhibiting symptoms during the school day. View the QuickVue Rapid Antigen Test Fact Sheet to learn more about the test we are using .

Guidance for Schools

Find a Lab-confirmed Test Site Near You

Get Vaccinated and Stay up to Date on Boosters!

Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to beat COVID! Anyone age 6 months and older is eligible to receive the vaccine. Information about local vaccination locations is available on the Columbia County Department of Health website.

CDC Guidance

Centers for Disease Control K-12 Childcare Guidelines

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.

Google Tutorials

Parent/student Google Classroom Tutorial

How to access grid view in Google Meets

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 the majority 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 spread through airborne droplets released into the air when an infected person  breaths, talks, coughs, or sneezes, by close contact with an infected individual, or by touching a surface contaminated with the virus and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. As of summer 2022, the more highly-infectious BA.5 omicron variant has been the predominant strain in the United States.

Symptoms

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

Trouble breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion
Inability to wake or stay awake
Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Prevention

There are safe and effective 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:

  • Get vaccinated

  • 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, keypads 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/

Coronavirus Hotlines

1-888-TREAT-NY aims to help reduce barriers to treatment for underserved communities. All New Yorkers outside of New York City city, regardless of income or health insurance coverage who test COVID-19 positive, are eligible to be evaluated for treatment by calling that hotline or completing an evaluation at the NYS COVID-19 ExpressCare Therapeutics Access website, which includes a telemedicine visit.

New York State has established a COVID-19 Hotline which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.

To view documents and information from previous years, please visit our Coronavirus Response Archive...