COVID-19/coronavirus updates & resources – Updated March 27

The mission of Duanesburg CSD is to educate and prepare all students to reach their potential, discover their purpose and be engaged community members. The health and wellness of our staff and students are integral to delivering on that mission. With that in mind, the district is monitoring this evolving public health crisis very closely and will keep all stakeholders informed of any news or updates that could impact our schools.

Status

  • Our buildings are closed to the public until further notice, with no school from March 17 through April 14.
  • Please note that although the buildings may be closed, coursework is being delivered remotely to students.
  • A household connected to Duanesburg Elementary and a household connected to Duanesburg High School are under self-quarantine because they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Section 2 has suspended all games and scrimmages until April 19. At this time all athletics are postponed until further notice from the athletic director.

Food Services

  • DCS is providing food for students eligible for free/reduced lunch and breakfast are underway. Weekend backpacks also continue to be distributed. If you were not contacted, or you are a district family facing a food hardship for your children during this difficult time, please reach out to Mary Jewell, Food Services Director, at (518) 895-3000, ext. 228.

School District Updates

Student Travel, Field Trips and School Events

After carefully considering the impact on our students we are cancelling all field trips minimally through the April break, which ends April 17. At that time, the district will decide whether field trips can resume. 

Additionally, the trip to Peru is cancelled and we will be working with EF Tours to address the impact on the families that have prepaid for the trip. 

School events will not take place when schools are closed.

Any changes to scheduled school events will be shared with students and families via email and will be posted to this page.

Prevention Measures

Exposure to COVID-19 can occur from any person-to-person contact and is not limited to a particular race or ethnicity. For now, the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to follow the standard preventive practices for influenza. In particular:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you or a family member begin showing these symptoms and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.

If school is in session, anyone who is not feeling well should not come to school, and those with upper respiratory symptoms in particular will be asked to return home. If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, we will notify staff and parents/guardians, as we generally do with communicable diseases in our buildings.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness. This includes training for our school nurses with our county health partners.

We will continue to monitor this situation and notify staff and families immediately of changes to the school schedule. We appreciate your patience and cooperation, as we know this is a serious matter of concern to all.

For more information, please consider consulting the additional resources listed below.

Information Resources 

For more information, consider consulting these additional 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.