Updated coronavirus (COVID-19) information

School closure

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that schools in New York state will remain closed until Friday, May 15, with the possibility of that date being extended. Classes would resume on Monday, May 18.

We are closely monitoring the situation at the state and local level and will let you know if that closure needs to be extended.

Sporting practices and events, rehearsals, shows, school events, activities and after-school programs will also continue to be canceled during this time.

We will continue providing “grab and go” meals to families  from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. The pick-up location for these meals will be the High School, 1 Tartan Way (Sacandaga Road) in the side parking lot, which will be marked as a designated area. Read more here.

Daycare opportunities are being provided to health care workers and first responders. Read more here.

During this time, we will continue to follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Education (NYSED) and our local county health department.

Specifically, school leaders continue to closely monitor guidance from NYSED about how these circumstances will impact the school calendar for the remainder of the academic year, including Regents examinations and graduation. We will share more information as soon as it is available.

At-home learning

Our teachers have been working to stay in contact with students and their families to provide instructional materials. We are now working to expand the district’s at-home learning plan to accommodate this extended closure.

Academic Resources

Beginning  April 1 and 2, S-G students will receive online Home Learning Support at this link.

During this time of separation, we wanted to share a link to K-12 resources both online and paper and pencil to help you and your child practice skills and content we have learned so far this year. These resources were developed to help students stay engaged.

We encourage you and your child to take advantage of these resources – http://bit.ly/SGResources1920. Please check back regularly because folders and links will be updated.

Families of students in grades K-5 were sent a letter on Monday containing their child’s username and a temporary password. That will be necessary to view the content for K-5 ELA. Students will be asked to create a new password when they log in. Students and parents should focus on the content covered in units 1-4

Students in grades 2-5 were also sent their username and password for Reflex math the district’s online math fluency practice.

Charter Communications if offering free access to broadband and WiFi for new customers: https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

This program is not endorsed by Scotia-Glenville Central Schools.

If you have any questions related to academics, call 518-347-3600 ext. 72101.

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Food Availability

The food distribution program is ending as of June 29, 2020

The breakfast/lunch distribution program from the high school put into place in March is ending on Monday, June 29; the last day of deliveries will be Tuesday, June 30.

Meals are available at locations in Schenectady.

SICM, which had operated a summer meal program at Collins Park for the past several years, will not be holding it this year.

However, area churches will be providing food for up to 70 families – boxes with about 40 pounds each week – each Friday beginning on July 10th and ending August 28th. That program is targeting students who participate in the Backpack program at school. The boxes can be picked up at Lincoln Elementary School (40 Albion Street, Scotia, phone 518-347-3600 extension 31101) each Friday from 8:30 to 1:00.

This program is available to any family that needs food and has a child that receives free or reduced lunch and breakfast.

Deliveries are available to families that are unable to pick them up.

You may call the First Reformed Church at 518-370-4751 and leave a message with your name and telephone number or contact:

Frequently Asked Questions

If after reading the FAQs and responses you have additional questions, please contact Communications Specialist Robert Hanlon at rhanlon@sgcsd.net.
Q: How long are classes canceled?
Per Governor Coumo’s March 16 directive, New York state school classes are canceled for two weeks beginning Wednesday, March 18. For Scotia-Glenville, that means classes are cancelled until at least March 31, though it will likely be extended as that time approaches. If that directive is not extended, classes would resume on Wednesday, April 1.

Q: Are there learning opportunities for students during the class cancellation period?
Yes. Scotia-Glenville faculty worked together to develop a list of materials and activities to keep students engaged during this school shutdown. These will be updated during the shutdown period. Those K-12 learning resources are here.

In addition, some faculty are using Google Classroom to communicate with students.

We realize that this is a difficult situation for parents and guardians in the community. We hope you will do your best to ensure that your student works through the resources for their grade level. We understand that some community members have issues with internet access in their homes.

If you have any questions pertaining to your child’s education, please contact your building Principal or the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Karen Swain at 518-347-3600 ext. 72101.

Q: What if I don’t have online access to the materials?
On Monday, March 23, we will have K-12 academic packets available for pickup or delivery. Printed materials are only provided to families without online access at this time.

If you are interested in picking up a packet, please call or email your building principal and secretary to arrange (contact information is below). We will leave the grade level materials outside at the time arranged with the main office.

These materials are intended to supplement online resources for our families without online access or access to a printer.

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The school district will also have resources available for pick up at the food grab-and-go every weekday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the high school. You do not need an appointment if you come for food. We will have resources there.

  • High School– Providing resources for classes that end in a Regents
  • Middle School– ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies
  • Elementary Schools -ELA, Math and Fundations

Here is how to contact the schools:

Q: Do my children need to complete the work assigned by their teachers?
Scotia-Glenville students and families are strongly encouraged to work through the K-12 learning resources for the student’s specific grade. That is the only way they will be better prepared once school resumes. It’s important that students stay on track with their grade and course requirements. If your children need help completing the assignments, please reach out to their teachers for guidance.

Q:  How do I best keep track of what my child is working on and the academic progress they are making while at home?
Parents should review the K-12 learning resources with their students. Click on the grade level or subject link that pertains to your student. Review the posted information with your student.

Teachers may also be emailing students directly.  Ask your child to share these correspondences with you. If you require more information, please contact your child’s teacher via email and they will respond directly to your questions.

Q: Will students still be required to take the NYS exams?
The state has canceled all New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test; New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test; New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test; New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test; New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school. As for the NYS Regents exams in June, the state has not issued guidance at this point.

Q: What resources can I use to support my child if they are experiencing anxiety regarding the current situation?
There are a variety of online resources   for talking to children about this topic. Here are several:

Additionally, our school social workers can be reached via email.

Q: What if my children need their school supplies, books, or binders to complete assignments? Can we enter the school to collect those items?
Our main office staff are in the schools and will be able to assist you. Please call the main office to make appropriate arrangements. School offices will be open until 1 p.m. each day starting on Monday, March 23.

Q: Will the class cancellations impact April break?
At this point, the shutdown is for two weeks changed to through March 31. If it is extended, more information will be forthcoming at that time in relation to the April break, scheduled for April 10-17. If the shutdown is extended by two weeks, that would include part of that break. At this point, the required 180 days of instructional time for students has been waived.

Q: Will the cancelled classes need to be made up during the summer months?
As of today, we do not anticipate that the 2019-20 school year will be extended beyond Thursday, June 25, which is the last day of school. We will continue to seek guidance from the State Education Department.

Q: Can my child use the school playgrounds and fields to get exercise?
No. In an effort to adhere to the recommended social distancing, all of our campuses, athletic fields and playgrounds are closed to the public. Our security staff will be monitoring our campus.

Q: How do students receive meals while classes are cancelled?
Breakfast and lunch is available to all students from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. The pick-up location for these meals will be the High School, 1 Tartan Way (Sacandaga Road) in the side parking lot, which will be marked as a designated area for this purpose.

This process will be on a “grab & go” basis.  Offerings will include bagels, cereal, muffins, and cheese for breakfast and sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, milk, and pizza for lunch. The district can accommodate dietary requests such as gluten free meals with advance notice by calling 518-347-3600, ext. 71100.

Cars will pull into a line in the High School parking lot and district staff will deliver the meals directly to the cars. At this time, we will be providing meals on a daily basis and will update our families if and when this changes.

If you are in need of food for your children but cannot come to the high school, we will have food delivered to you. Simply contact the District Office at 518-347-3600, ext. 71100.

Q: Will the district still hold Board of Education meetings?
At this time, the plan is for the Board of Education to meet, perhaps remotely, to conduct business. A waiver of the Open Meetings Law allows these meetings to be held without public participation. The agendas will be provided as in the past; if there is a link to a video meeting, that will be posted on the agenda for that evening.  Minutes will be available after the meeting, as they typically are. Community members can request an audio recording of any meeting that is not available as a video..

Q: How will the school district communicate with us during this situation?
As has been our practice, Scotia-Glenville will post information to the website, ScotiaGlenvilleSchools.org, and through Blackboard Connect.  The school district will not use social media for these announcements. The telephone and email information in Blackboard Connect system is taken directly from the PowerSchool student data system unless you have set up your own Blackboard Connect account and “associated” with your student.

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Childcare Assistance for First Responders

Childcare available through YMCA, other agencies for healthcare workers, first responders

Click to open or to download the flyer below

YMCA announcement

New York State is using a portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds to provide child care to income eligible essential workers at no cost. Essential workers who must work outside of the home and who are using a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available. All licensed and regulated providers who are caring for essential workers are able to participate in this new program.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, families must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four that equals an annual income of $78,600.

Parents are asked to complete the following application for the CARES Child Care Scholarship via the link below. It informs parents that the application will be considered complete once the online application is finished AND the required supplemental documentation is submitted to Brightside Up, the Childcare Resource and Referral Agency (CCRA) for Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady counties. For parents that currently receive a subsidy from their local DSS to pay for child care, this scholarship can cover the parent co-pay. Parents should apply for the CARES Act Scholarship, and then contact their local Department of Social Services to get a letter stating their current co-pay. Please address any questions to Tricia Howland at thowland@brightsideup.org.

Click here for the COVID-19 CARES Child Care Scholarship Application

Capital District YMCA

As part of the COVID-19 response effort, Scotia-Glenville is working with the Capital District YMCA to bring childcare resources to the families of emergency personnel in local communities. Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, YMCA branch locations throughout the Capital Region will be offering school-age childcare for emergency personnel (physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, nurse assistants, laboratory personnel, paramedics, EMTs, police officers, and employed firefighters).

Local school leaders are also working with the YMCA and other childcare providers to bring additional childcare options for emergency personnel to their school communities. Information regarding these options is forthcoming and updates will be posted on our website.

The Capital District YMCA is providing childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at these four  Early Learning Centers:

Clifton Park
KidzLodge Early Learning Center
47 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065

Early Learning Center
185 Mott Rd, Duanesburg, NY 12056

Learning Ladder Early Learning Center
547 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302

Thelma P. Lally Early Learning Center
204 S. Ten Broeck Street, Scotia, NY 12302

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Coronavirus 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.

Coronavirus information in Spanish and Simplified Chinese

The CDC also has information about the coronavirus in Spanish and Simplified Chinese:

State helpline for those feeling overwhelmed by COVID-19.

COVID help line

A good reminder about “social distancing.”

Social distancing primer

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