School closed through May 15; COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Last Updated: Friday, May 1

On Friday, May 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that schools would be closed for on-site learning through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year due to the COVID-19 public health crisis . During this time, we continue to provide for continuity of learning, student support, meals for students in need. We are also working with regional partners to make childcare resources available to families of essential workers. We will continue to monitor all available guidance and directives and keep you informed of any changes. We are here for our students, staff and community.

This page will be updated as frequently as needed. Please note the following information.

Learning Resources

Our teachers have been collaborating to create instructional resources that students can use while school is closed. The April 10-24 period includes new learning and a simplified grading method. More information and access to the shared folders

Meals for Students in Need

Beginning on Monday, April 6, food distribution for students in need is taking place on Mondays at Niskayuna High School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More details

Childcare Resources

The region’s schools are sharing childcare resources for essential workers and others in need.  More Information

Assistance with Technology & If You Need a Device

If you need technology support or if you do not have a device for your child to work on, please e-mail techsupport@niskyschools.org or call (518) 598-2218 so we can help.

Support is Available

This is a challenging and situation for all, and we want students and families to know that support is available – from contacting school counselors and social workers to assistance and help lines from other agencies. More information

Regents Exams: More Information for Students & Families

The State Education Department has cancelled Regents exams for June 2020. Students who were expecting to take Regents Exams in June 2020 are exempt from these exams given successful completion of course credit this school year or in Summer School 2020. More information for students and families is available here and school counselors can help answer specific questions.

Additional Information

  • All school playgrounds, fields and athletic fields are closed until further notice.
  • All school activities and events with the exception of School Board meetings will not be held while school is closed.
  • School Board meetings are taking place via videoconference only with a public livestream for the time being.
  • If you are not a district parent/guardian, you can sign-up to receive notices from the district through our School Messenger system.

COVID-19 Public Health Information Resources

In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.

Talking to Children about COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html

COVID-19: What is Stigma and What Causes It?
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fstigma-faq.html

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#prevention

Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

CDC Information for Travel
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html