Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response & Resources

This webpage is updated regularly as information and resources become available. Last updated September 20, 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.

Questions about our opening of school for 2021-22? Send them to our dedicated coronavirus response email: chathamunited@chatham.k12.ny.us

2021-22 Opening Plan

Guidance for Schools

Communications/Letters

Currently In Effect

  • The wearing of masks is required indoors and on busses, mask use outdoors is optional. Pursuant to NYS law, any person over the age of 2 (including all students, personnel, teachers, administrators, contractors, and visitors) must wear masks at all times indoors in P-12 school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. People do not need to wear masks when eating, drinking, singing, or playing a wind instrument; when masks are removed for these purposes, individuals must be physically distanced.

  • 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

  • Unvaccinated athletes and coaches participating in high-risk interscholastic sports must undergo regular COVID-19 testing

The following are postponed/suspended/canceled

  • Chatham Adult Education Program – Suspended Until Further Notice

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

Get Vaccinated!

Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to beat COVID! 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.

CCSD Guidelines Regarding Student Illnesses

Athletics

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

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

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.

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 through airborne droplets released 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, 2021, the more highly-infectious Delta variant has been the predominant strain in the United States.

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 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, 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.

Questions about our opening of school for 2021-22? Send them to our dedicated coronavirus response email: chathamunited@chatham.k12.ny.us