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 continues to closely monitor this public health crisis and keep all stakeholders informed of news or updates that could impact our schools.
Our buildings and grounds remain closed to the public. 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, etc.).
- Update July 30: Transportation forms and changes for the fall
- Update July 29: Direct link to DCS School Reopening Plan for 2020-21
- Update July 29: DCS posts School Reopening Plan
- Update July 22: Message to parents about reopening, upcoming forum
- Update July 20: Take a Summer Adventure with us
- Update July 14, 2020: Reopening of schools and remote learning survey
- Update July 8, 2020: Planning for the 2020-21 school year
Summer meals assistance is available
Families who are in need of healthy breakfasts and lunches for their students this summer, including those receiving free and reduced price meals and those experiencing food hardship, may sign up to pick up meals at the high school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please reach out to Mary Jewell, food services director, at (518) 895-3000, ext. 228. Families must contact Mary Jewell to take part so that the district can prepare and provide their food.
Child care services for essential workers – Scholarships are available
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.
For more information, consider consulting these additional resources
- Information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) NYS Dept. of Health
- Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) NYS Education Dept.
- Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers – CDC
- COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions – CDC
- Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration COVID-19 website
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.