Reopening Plan: School Activities

Extracurricular Activities

School-sponsored clubs and extracurricular activities will be allowed provided they follow social distancing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) usage, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols and other COVID-19 guidelines.

School-sponsored clubs and extracurricular activities that can be conducted in a safe environment are permissible in school buildings and on school grounds. They may also continue in the event of another shutdown in a virtual setting.

On-site events and meetings will generally take place during regular school hours to the extent feasible within the schedule (i.e. There will be no on-site before- or after-school events or activities at this time.) On-site, school day meetings and activities are limited to school-sponsored groups. No outside organizations or visitors are permitted except essential visitors as outlined in the Visitors section of this plan.

Fundraising is suspended at this time as our community works together to meet the challenges of COVID-19. Clubs and extracurricular activities are encouraged to contact building PTOs if assistance is necessary.

Clubs and extracurricular activities will need building use approval.

Representatives should contact the following departments to reserve spaces:

Birchwood, Craig, Glencliff, Hillside, Rosendale Elementary Schools – Office Secretary, Principal, and Head Custodian

Iroquois, Van Antwerp Middle Schools – Main Office Secretary, Principal and Head Custodian

Niskayuna High School – East Office Secretary and Eva Jones; Auditorium/Music Areas – Tracy Koste and Eric Hughes; Kitchen – Jeff Bradt. The Head Custodian should also be notified for any use of High School spaces.

District Gyms/Athletic Fields – Cindy Primeau and Larry Gillooley. The Head Custodian in affected buildings should also be notified.

Once a timeline has been established to join these clubs, new members should not be allowed until a second designated opportunity to join clubs is set forth (e.g. late winter or early spring) to maintain safety and limit cohorts.

Any clubs and extracurricular activities recognized by the District may operate during the 2020-21 school year. Groups are listed here:

IROQUOIS MIDDLE SCHOOL – Best Buddies, Broadcasting/WIRO, Class of 2023, EPIC, French Club, Game Club, Homework Club, Makerspace Club, Newspaper Club, Spanish Club, Student Council, Survivor Book Club, Visability. TBD: Drama Club, Science Bowl

VAN ANTWERP MIDDLE SCHOOL – Art Club, Best Buddies, Future Cities, Game Club, Geography Bee, Homework Club, Makerspace Club, Podcasting Club, Student Council, Study Circles, VA Times, Visibility/SAGA, W.E.B. (Where Everyone Belongs), Yearbook. TBD: Fishing Club, Math Counts, Niska-Day Float Club, Science Bowl, SeaPerch: Underwater Robotics Club, Ski Club, Wynwood

NISKAYUNA HIGH SCHOOL – Academic Resource Center, AFS, Artists in Music, Anime, Asian Culture, Breakfast Book, Broadcasting (TV Studio), Chem Demo, Chess, Class of 2021, Class of 2022, Class of 2023, Class of 2024, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Culinary, Debate, Environmental Team, FBLA, Film Club, French Club, Game Club, German Club, Hope For Change, Horticulture, IT Help, Key Club, Latin, Masterminds, Math Club, National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, Natural Helpers, Warrior Newspaper, NICS, NiskArt, Nisky Friends, Nisky Garage, Nisky Productions, Pep Club, Political and Current Events, Raise and Give, RAPP, Robotics, Rockerty, SAPE, Sisters in Solidarity, SPAN (Mentor Club), Spanish Club, START (Recycling Club), Student Congress, UNICEF, Visibility, Warrior Project, Yearbook Advisor, Yoga and Wellness. TBD: All Star Athletes, Animal Welfare, Badminton, Drama, Habitat for Humanity, Live Expressions, Mock Trial, Model UN, Nisky Mountain Bike Club, Niskayuna Outing Club, Science Bowl, Science Olympiad

School Events & Activities

At this time, no outside groups will be permitted use of school buildings and school grounds outside of the school day.

To the extent possible, especially with regard to large group gatherings (over 50 participants), fall school events and activities will be redesigned for virtual experiences, either recorded or live streamed. This includes events like Back to School Nights, PTO meetings, school assemblies, etc. The schedule of these events will be communicated through the district calendar and details for participation will be shared with families and staff by the principal.

Administrators will schedule school events and activities that can be conducted in a safe manner, for example, portions of newcomers or orientation events. The following considerations must be included in planning these events:

  • Limit the total number of any group (school staff included) to 25-50
    Total number would be dependent upon size of gathering space
  • Staggered start times for groups
  • Clear start and end times
  • Dedicate and define required entrance/exit, path for travel during event, and restrooms
  • All “waiting” must be done in cars, not in or near building
  • All areas to be used must be cleaned and sanitized prior to and after group use, in coordination with the custodial staff
  • Define a sign-in protocol
  • No use of the school kitchen or cafeteria/food service

Anyone attending an approved school activity must follow all safety protocols as listed in this document in the Health & Safety section of this plan.