All S-G schools closed March 16-20 “out of an abundance of caution.”

Out of an abundance of caution in dealing with the COVID-19, coronavirus situation, all Scotia-Glenville schools will be closed during the week of March 16-20 for students. The situation will be evaluated after March 20 to determine if the closure should be extended.

The central and school offices will be open during next week. While there are no confirmed cases of the virus among SG students or staff, the school district is joining others in this move.

Staff members should report on Monday at 9 a.m. to the high school for a day of creating a variety of resources for parent-guided and/or self-guided learning for students. Aides and monitors should not report. We plan to begin sharing these resources during the early part of next week. Families should look for more information around that time.

Because there are practical limits to trying to continue the instructional program in an online format, that will not be our goal. Our focus will be on sharing a variety of resources for parent-guided and self-guided learning for students.

The school district is developing plans to provide grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches during the school shutdown. More information will be provided on Monday.

Given that this is a rapidly evolving public health issue, we feel that this is the most proactive and prudent action available to us. This is designed to help limit the spread of illness and to provide time to reassess the situation next week.

There will be no other events in the district the week of March 16-20.

As an additional note, Capital Region BOCES CTE and Special Education programs will not be operating March 16-20.

During that week, SG buildings and ground staff will be performing a deep cleaning of our schools, district office, and buses. They will be focusing on cleaning and disinfecting below areas:

  • tables
  • desks
  • phones
  • file cabinets
  • book shelves
  • floors
  • carpets (time permitting)
  • bathrooms
  • door knobs
  • chairs
  • doorways
  • keyboards
  • computers
  • Chromebooks

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated during his press conference today, school superintendents have the ability to decide to close their school districts, and the superintendents of our region have made that determination.

The New York State Education Department continues to work with the governor’s office, the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Education to provide guidance to our schools around issues such as instructional time and test scheduling.

This situation is very fluid and could change as we continue to work with our local departments of health and New York State Department of Health.

The most current and accurate information about the coronavirus can be found at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus. Scotia-Glenville specific information can be found at https://www.scotiaglenvilleschools.org/updated-coronavirus-coid-19-information/

Thank you for your continued patience and partnership as the school district addresses the challenges brought about by COVID-19. We will provide you with more information as soon as we can through the website and Blackboard Connect system.