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COVID-19/Coronavirus FAQs & Resources

Below are the latest questions (and answers) that we have received about the school/district response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus. This information will be updated as additional questions arise. (Information below is current as of 03.12.20.)

*Please note: We know that there will be rumors circulating in the community about individuals who may be ill or affected by this virus. The district will update staff and parents/guardians if we learn of anyone who becomes ill with COVID-19/Coronavirus in our school community via email and the website.

-What do I do if my child(ren) shows signs of illness? Please keep them home and contact your family physician. Additional guidance is on our website – click HERE.

-What is the best precaution for preventing the spread of the virus? 

    • 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.

– Will this closure through April 19, 2020, affect summer vacation?
These are unprecedented times. As of today (3.14.20), we do not believe summer vacation will be impacted. We are working with the New York State Education Department on this matter.

-Why is the district not closing school now as a proactive measure to prevent the spread of the virus? As of today, March 12, schools will remain open for a variety of reasons. To start, many of our children rely on us for their breakfast and lunch during the week and closing school would result in students not eating regular meals. In addition, many parents would struggle to find adequate childcare if schools close, particularly if we are to close for an extended period of time. Finally, we are considering the learning trajectories of our students. With these things in mind, we will continue with our preparations for a potential closure and will work closely with the agencies with expertise in the risks of the virus to make those determinations.

-When will the district close? Today, Governor Cuomo issued a release that schools must close for 24 hours if someone in the school tests positive for the CVIS-19/Coronavirus. The South Glens Falls CSD will be working closely with the New York State Education Department and the Department of Public Health if someone in one of our buildings tests positive for the illness. If the school is required to close, we will communicate through our traditional methods for school closure–the website, email, text messaging and a push notification through our mobile app.

-Is the school district preparing for a possible closure for an extended period of time? At present (03.12.20), we are looking at all options for addressing public health concerns and are working closely with Saratoga County Department of Health and other government agencies to follow necessary protocols.

-Are school events/activities being canceled at this time? We have not canceled any in-district events but several out-of-district events have been canceled. We will share all cancellations with the community as soon as possible.

    -Will the students be traveling out-of-state for trips and/or out-of-country for the exchange program? Given the flood of information in the last few days, the district has made the difficult decision to cancel all international student travel until further notice. Please know that the decision did not come lightly. It was made not only to safeguard the students who were scheduled to travel but also to protect their fellow classmates who are staying in-state. Student travel is an incredible learning opportunity, but during this time the district must keep the safety of our students and staff as the first priority. The district will be reviewing scheduled domestic student trips this week.

    The superintendent of schools will be working with the group leader and chaperones to consider rescheduling, if possible, and we hope we will be able to make this once-in-a-lifetime experience happen for our students when we feel the time is safe. More information will come out as we work on minimizing the financial impact on families who have signed up for these trips.  

    -What do I tell my child(ren) about the virus and how do I help them understand what is happening? Please remain calm and reassuring and give them age-appropriate information. Try to limit over-exposure to the television news and social media. Additional information is available from NASP – click HERE.

    -How do I help my child(ren) clean their electronic devices? Cell phones and/or other electronic devices should be cleaned every day to help prevent the spread of germs. There are a number of websites that give proper instruction on this, most of which discourage the use of Clorox wipes and similar products.

    -What are the schools doing to help prevent the spread of viruses in the buildings/buses? Additional cleaning efforts continue both in the school district buildings and on our buses, as well as messages to students about good hand-washing habits. As noted, when hand washing is not an option, hand sanitizer will be made available.

    -How was the high school cleaned after Marathon? School personnel worked all day Sunday and Monday cleaning every room at the high school. An outside company was hired to disinfect all areas that were used during the weekend as well.

    -Can my student carry the hand sanitizer with them throughout the school day? This is allowable. We ask that you instruct your child not to share their sanitizer and that hand washing still is the best defense against spreading germs. 

    -Where can I find additional information about the COVID-19 virus? The CDC has a list of frequently asked questions and recommended best practices for staying healthy posted at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.

    -If I choose to isolate and choose not to send my kids to school, is this an excused or unexcused absence? Currently, this would be considered an excused absence. You must notify the building principal and school nurse for this to be considered an excused absence.

    -How do I talk to my children about COVID-19/Coronavirus? There are a variety of resources online for talking to children about this topic. Here is one to consider:

    -Where can I get more information about our schools and district responses? If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out to the District Nurse Supervisor Bristie Tracy at tracyb@sgfcsd.org. Specific questions may also be emailed to orrk@sgfcsd.org and we will do the best we can to respond quickly.