Updated COVID-19 (coronavirus) information

Current status

  • All C-R schools are closed to students through at least April 14. All school-sponsored activities, including interscholastic athletics, are cancelled/postponed during the closing.

  • The Schoharie County Department of Health notified us on Monday, March 24, that an individual directly associated with C-R High School has tested positive for COVID-19. The county DOH is not seriously concerned that this individual exposed anyone else to the virus while at the high school.

  • All four C-RCSD schools are closed to all visitors and non-essential staff. 

  • Grab-and-go meals continue to be offered at Radez and Golding. Pick-up is available between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

  • For at-home learning, our faculty has compiled resources for engagement for students.  CLICK HERE to see a list of resources.

Latest updates

Chromebook distribution happening Monday, March 30
Updated: Monday, March 30 @ 9:40 a.m.

On Monday, March 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chromebooks will distributed at Golding Middle School to students who do not have a device. The pickup location will be at the cafeteria double doors.  

- Families are responsible for any damages. 
- Families are responsible for content.
- Families are responsible for the return of the Chromebook and charger the first day school is back in session.
- There is a limited number, but we will try to accommodate the best we can.
- The Chromebooks only work with a hotspot or wifi connection.


virusNY schools now closed through April 14
Updated: Friday, March 27 @ 3:44 p.m.

School districts across New York State, including Cobleskill-Richmondville, will remain closed through Tuesday, April 14, under an executive order issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Governor Cuomo announced the two-week extension of the closure on Friday, March 27, in response to the continued spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the state. 

Under the order, schools will reopen on Wednesday, April 15, if the spread of the virus has been slowed sufficiently. However, C-R schools currently are scheduled to be closed April 13-17 for Spring Recess. The district is awaiting further guidance from the Governor’s office before determining if Spring Recess will be affected.

The new executive order maintains the current status of the district:

- All C-R schools and facilities are closed to visitors and non-essential employees. Anyone needing to contact the district should do so by phone or email. General inquiries can be sent to information@crcsd.org, or emails can be sent to specific staff members by using the staff directory on the district website. District office and school main office voicemails will be checked daily.

- “Grab and Go” meal service will continue on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at both Golding Middle School (Door A3) and Radez Elementary (Door D2).

- Families needing childcare during the closing can find resources, including contact information for providers, on the district website by CLICKING HERE.

Should state officials make any updates to the status of the closing, or should C-R receive clarity from the Governor’s office about possible effects on the school calendar, the district will notify students, families and staff as soon as possible. 
 

Updated information for families seeking childcare
Updated: Friday, March 27 @ 8:40 a.m.

If you are a parent or caregiver who needs childcare, please complete this "parent need for childcare" survey. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services may be able to help you find the child program you need.

The Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRR) also may be able to assist you. They will ask you about the kind of care you are looking for, the ages of your children, the hours of care you need and other specifics, such as any special needs your child might have. Based on that information, they will be able to give you a list of providers that most closely meet your needs. 

Please contact:

Melissa Bevans
Schoharie County Community Action Program, Inc.
795 East Main Street, Ste. 5
Cobleskill, NY 12043
Phone: (518) 234-2568 ext. 3016
Website: http://www.sccapinc.org/  
 
Finally, below is a list of registered childcare providers in our school district who may have vacancies for infants, pre-schoolers and/or school-aged children:

Upper Edgewood Childcare; Cobleskill, NY;  518-234-2977
Little Sprouts Childcare, LLC; Cobleskill, NY;  518-823-4000
Victoria Chamberlain;  Warnerville, NY:  518-937-2471

First confirmed case of COVID-19 at C-R
Updated: Monday, March 24 @ 2:00 p.m.

This morning (Monday, March 24), we learned from the Schoharie County Department of Health that a person directly associated with Cobleskill-Richmondville High School has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). It is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in C-R schools. 

The county department of health has advised us that there is no serious concern about this individual having exposed others to the virus while at the high school. Therefore, no further emergency action has been recommended at this time.

We would like to remind all students, faculty, and others associated with the school that they should maintain social distancing to the greatest extent possible. Additionally, anyone who is displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19, including a sore throat, cough and/or fever, is urged to strictly limit contact, even with direct family members. Contact your healthcare provider if symptoms progress.

More general information can be found at:
- https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Other previously announced measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain in place:
- C-R schools have been closed to students since the end of the day Friday, March 13. Under orders from the governor’s office, they will remain closed through at least Tuesday, March 31.
- All C-R facilities have been closed to visitors and non-essential staff since the close of business Friday, March 20. 
- Throughout this time, our facilities staff has continued to clean and disinfect the buildings. 


C-R buildings closing to visitors, non-essential staff
Updated: Sunday, March 22 @ 6:45 p.m.

Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District will be closing all four school buildings and our district offices to visitors and all non-essential staff beginning Monday, March 23. This action complies with an executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among C-R students or personnel, we’re taking this additional step to help prevent the spread of coronavirus locally and regionally. 

As permitted under the Governor’s executive order, we will maintain the following “essential business services” during this closure: food preparation and distribution, limited maintenance and custodial services, and limited accounting and payroll functions in our business office.

Grab-and-go meal service will continue at Radez Elementary and Golding Middle School from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on weekdays. Families picking up meals will continue to be asked to do so at Door D2 (Radez) and Door A3 (Golding) without entering the buildings. 

Because our offices will be closed, we will no longer be offering live telephone support on our campuses.  We will be checking voicemail messages at our four schools and our district offices once daily so that staff may answer your questions and address your concerns. You also may email staff members directly during this time. You can locate staff email addresses by clicking on “Contact Us” on our district website and using our searchable directory. Or, for general inquiries, please simply email us at information@crcsd.org.

Under the Governor’s order, all New York State public schools will remain closed through the end of the day on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  This, of course, is subject to change depending on the extent of this public health emergency. We continue to closely monitor guidance from local, state and federal health officials. If further action is recommended, we will communicate those steps as soon as possible through the district website as well as SchoolMessenger, our notification service.

Childcare available to healthcare workers, first responders through YMCA
Updated: Friday, March 20 @ 2:15 p.m.

As part of the COVID-19 response effort, the superintendents and school districts of the Capital Region BOCES are 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, nurses, EMTs, etc.).

The Duanesburg YMCA is the closest facility to the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District.

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 5) 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.

Cobleskill-Richmondville will continue to collaborate with other local providers to establish additional childcare options for families in our community.  Information regarding these options will be posted to our website as they’re available.


C-R to offer grab-and-go meals during closing
Updated: Monday, March 16 @ 9 p.m. 
 

During this extended school closing, we will be offering grab-and-go meals for C-R students, beginning Tuesday, March 17. Families will not be charged for the meals.

Please note the following procedures for meal distribution:

- Families can pick up meals at either Radez Elementary School or Golding Middle School between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. At Radez, please enter the building using Door D2, nearest the main office. At Golding, please use Door A3, which is the cafeteria entrance. 
- At meal pick-up, each student will receive two meals: a lunch, and a breakfast for the following day.
- Please have your child’s meal ID number available at the time of pick-up.

To help our food-service staff prepare the meals, we are asking families wishing to participate in this program to pre-register by using the following link: meal registration.

If you forget to register, though, no worries!  Everyone will be provided a meal regardless of pre-registration.

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility during this challenging time. Your support is greatly appreciated.

State and Federal Resources

Student/Parent Resources


Information for parents/families
Updated: Sunday, March 15 @ 9 p.m. 
 

We have some important updates regarding our recently announced school closings.  A two-week school closing is rather unprecedented in New York State.  Despite this, we’ve taken this action to help prevent community transmission of the COVID-19 virus and protect the health of our students, staff, and community.

As a reminder:  all C-R schools will be closed for 2 weeks (March 16-20 and March 23-27).  During this school closing, all co-curricular and extracurricular activities (including all athletics) are cancelled.

Here are a few important updates on what this closing means for your child/children and family:

1.  Academics and Instruction:  our principals and teachers have been working hard to prepare instructional resources for our students.  Some of our teachers have sent home work already;  others have been preparing resources that will be shared with students electronically.  Tomorrow, we’ll be sending home a message to all parents outlining the resources available to you during this closing.

2.  Technology:  many of the resources we are sharing with students require technology (device and internet) to access.  We have a limited number of Chromebooks available for students who have internet access but lack a suitable device.  Right now, we are making this technology available to our high school students.   In the coming days, we will explore expanding this program to include our middle school students and upper-level elementary students.

3.  Food Services:
  we intend to offer “grab-and-go” meals to students beginning on Tuesday, March 17.  Meals (breakfast and lunch) will be available for pick-up at two locations (Golding MS and Radez Elementary).  Information on the “grab-and-go” meals will be sent out to families tomorrow afternoon via email.  Parents (or students) must provide their child's lunch ID number at the time they pick up meals.

4.  Backpack Program:  for families participating in our “Backpack Programs,” we intend to maintain our backpack program during this extended school closing.  Information on how (and where) families can access this program will be sent via email tomorrow afternoon.

5.  School Offices:  our school offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, March 17.  We are asking that parents and students to refrain from visiting our schools (or school grounds), except for when visiting to pick up meals or instructional resources in designated areas.  Instead, we are encouraging parents to email or call with their questions or concerns.  We are taking these steps to maintain “social distancing” and protect the safety and welfare of our staff and visitors. 

6.  Website:  we’ve created a new link on our website (COVID-19 News).  We will be posting our most up-do-date information for students, parents, and staff on this page.  We’ve also included links to state and federal websites with accurate information on the coronavirus pandemic.

7.  Child Care:  an extended school closing can present families with a significant challenge when it comes to child care.  The New York State Office of Children and Family Services maintains a website to assist families in accessing child care in our state.  You can get more information at www.ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare.

 8.  Talking with Children About COVID-19:  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has offered the following tips/guidelines for talking with children about the coronavirus pandemic:

   a.  Remain calm and reassuring- children react to what you say and how you say it.

   b.  Make yourself available to listen and talk with your children.

   c.  Avoid language that blames others---viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of race, ethnicity, or other factors.

   d.  Pay attention to what children see or hear in the media---too much information on any one topic can cause anxiety, particularly for children.

   e.  Provide children information and answers that are honest and accurate.

   f.  Teach children everyday actions that can reduce the spread of germs, including handwashing, avoiding people who are sick/ill, and properly covering/catching their coughs and sneezes.

9.  If You've Traveled:  even with our schools now closed for two weeks, it's important for you to notify your child's school if you, your child, or another family member travel to high risk exposure areas (inside the USA) or travel outside the country.

These are challenging times for everyone---our students, their families, our faculty and staff, and our entire C-R community.  We commend our staff for their dedication and professionalism during this pandemic and we extend our thanks to you, our C-R families, for your understanding, your flexibility, and your support.