Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response & Resources

This webpage is updated regularly as information and resources become available. Last updated May 2, 2022.

As we have throughout this crisis, our District will continue to follow the guidance and regulations set by federal, state and local authorities that govern how we may safely deliver instruction. Questions about how we are responding to COVID-19? Send them to our dedicated coronavirus response email: chathamunited@chatham.k12.ny.us

Cases Affecting CCSD

Currently In Effect

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

  • Staff must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing unless they provide proof of being fully vaccinated.

  • 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.

The following are postponed/suspended/canceled

  • Chatham Adult Education Program – Suspended Until Further Notice

  • CHS In-person Driver Education – Suspended Until Further Notice

2021-22 Reopening & Mitigation Plan Documents

Guidance for Schools

Communications/Letters

Testing

At-Home Test Submittal Form

NYS Provided At-Home Test Kits

NYS provided CCSD with at-home test kits for students, which our District distributed to parents/guardians the first week of January, 2022. This was a one-time distribution of one test kit (containing two tests per kit) for each CCSD student.

Point-of-Care Testing

Find a Lab-confirmed Test Site Near You

Get Vaccinated!

Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to beat COVID! Anyone age 5 and older is eligible to receive the vaccine. Help us have a safe and open 2021-22 school year by getting vaccinated now! Information about local vaccination locations is available on the Columbia County Department of Health website.

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.

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.

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 an online dashboard developed by DOH. NYS is not requiring schools to update the COVID-19 Report Card during the summer of 2021.

NYS Regents Exams

The NYS Education Department canceled the January, 2022 High School Regents Examination Program. This cancellation applies to all Regents Examinations scheduled for the January, 2022 Regents Examination period. No decisions have been made regarding the June and August, 2022 administrations of Regents Examinations or any other State assessment programs. More at: http://www.nysed.gov/news/2021/january-2022-regents-examinations-cancelled-due-ongoing-pandemic

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/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 December 2021, the more highly-infectious omicron variant has been the predominant strain in the United States and has increased the transmissibility of the virus dramatically, including among children.

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/

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.