- Academic Resources
- Food Availability
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- Childcare Assistance for First Responders
- Coronavirus Resources
USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020
Recent federal and state decisions now allow school districts to temporarily serve free meals to all students until December 31, 2020 or until federal funding is exhausted. This decision is subject to change at the federal government’s discretion.
Beginning on Monday, September 14, meals will be provided at no cost until otherwise notified. No-cost meals will be distributed in school for in-person students and for remote students.
FOR REMOTE STUDENTS: meals may be picked up at the Scotia-Glenville High School on school operating days between 10:30-12:30 Monday-Friday. Pick-up location will be on the side of the high school building through the B10 cafeteria window.
The Scotia Glenville School District still requires that households complete applications for free and reduced meals as usual and return them as soon as possible.
Elementary Meals – Students will eat meals in their classrooms. Breakfast and Lunch orders will be submitted by the classroom teacher to the cafeteria each morning. Breakfast and Lunch will be delivered to the classroom on carts by school/cafeteria staff.
Secondary Meals – Breakfast at the Middle School and High School will follow a Grab and Go method by which prepackaged meals will be available for pick up at entrance stations. Students will proceed through the cafeteria for lunch pick-up while maintaining 6’ social distance and will eat in the Large Gym at the Middle School and in the C Wing Gym at the High school at individual student desks placed 6’ apart.
Please Note: Breakfast will begin on Tuesday, September 15.
The backpack program will continue operating at all SG schools.
Here are the contacts for the program:
- Linda Lewis, First Reformed Church of Scotia (email@example.com)
- Mariellen Boomhower, Trinity Presbyterian Church (Marboom@nycap.rr.com)
If after reading the FAQs and responses you have additional questions, please contact Communications Specialist Robert Hanlon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is how to contact the schools:
- High School – 518-347-3600 option 6 or email email@example.com
- Middle School – 518-347-3600 option 5 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Glendaal Elementary School – 518-347-3600 option 1 or email email@example.com
- Glen-Worden Elementary School – 518-347-3600 option 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lincoln Elementary School – 518-347-3600 option 3 or email email@example.com
- Sacandaga Elementary School – 518-347-3600 option 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
- Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
- Talking to Kids about Coronavirus by The Child Mind Institute
- The Secret to Keeping Your Kids Happy, Busy and Learning if Their School Closes During Coronavirus
- Online Resource of Learning Activities and Games for kids
- Managing Anxiety and Stress from the CDC
- Social Story Explaining the Coronavirus
- Care tips for your coronavirus anxiety
Additionally, our school social workers can be reached via email.
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: 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.
Childcare available through YMCA, other agencies for healthcare workers, first responders
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 email@example.com.
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.
- For enrollment information in the YMCA school-age programs, please visit www.CDYMCA.org/EmergencyChildcare or call 518-869-3500.
- Families needing childcare resources for non-school-age children (birth to age five) can contact A Childs Place at Unity House at http://achildsplace.unityhouseny.org/ or 518-271-6777.
- Additional childcare resources in the Capital Region can also be found by contacting BrightsideUp (formerly the Capital District Child Care Council) at https://www.brightsideup.org/find-child-care or 518-426-7181.
The Capital District YMCA is providing childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at these four Early Learning Centers:
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
- Centers for Disease Control
- CDC: Steps to Prevent Illness
- CDC: What To Do If You Are Sick
- CDC: Symptoms of coronavirus
- CDC: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- NYS Health Department
- Schenectady County Health Department
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:
- Lo que necesita saber sobre la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
- Qué hacer si se contrae la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 – (COVID-19)
- 关于冠状病毒疾病 2019 (COVID-19)您需要知道什么
- 如果您感染了 冠状病毒疾病2019 (COVID-19) 该怎么办
State helpline for those feeling overwhelmed by COVID-19.
A good reminder about “social distancing.”