COVID-19/coronavirus updates & resources – Updated May 18

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 and grounds are closed to the public through the remainder of the school year, per orders from the governor. Please be advised that this means both campuses are closed to all people except essential employees, including all buildings, playgrounds, and athletic fields (track, baseball diamond, soccer fields, tennis courts, etc.).
  • Although the buildings may be closed, coursework is being delivered remotely to students.  Please take note: In order to continue to be eligible for course credit, individual students must continue to actively participate in the district’s plan for continuing education for the duration of the extended closure.
  • After carefully considering the impact on our students, we are canceling all school events through the closure period.

Food Services Continue

Deliveries of breakfast (extra food items will be provided for this meal) and lunch are scheduled Monday through Friday for students in the free and reduced-price meal program, and for families who reach out to the district asking for this assistance during the school closure. 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.

Child care services for essential workers – Scholarships are available to help pay for child care

Child care resources are available for essential workers living in our area.

Budget & Board of Education vote via absentee ballot due by 5 p.m. on June 9

School budget votes and Board of Education elections will now be held via mail-in absentee ballots, which are due by 5 p.m. on June 9 at the DCS Central Office. Please refer to the updated schedule on the budget webpage for details on the budget development and voting process.

Three vacancies on the Board of Education – Elections via absentee ballot due by 5 p.m. on June 9

District residents will vote via absentee ballot to fill vacancies on the Board of Education for terms beginning July 1, 2020 for: two 3-year terms for seats currently held by Camille Siano Enders and Jennifer Sexton, and one 1-year term for the seat currently filled by Henry “Dirk” Felton due to the resignation of Henrietta “Hank” Dunn (and the prior resignation of Joshua Menzies).
Like the budget vote, this year’s election will be held by mail-in ballot only, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Cuomo’s executive order. Completed absentee ballots are due by 5 p.m. on June 9 at the DCS central office.
All candidates run at-large, rather than for a specific Board seat. The district received one candidate petition for the three open seats; Camille Siano Enders is running for re-election to the Board. Therefore, the qualified residents who receive the highest number of votes, including candidate Siano Enders and valid write-in votes, will win the vacant seats on the Board.

School District Updates

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.