COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates & Resources

All Canajoharie schools are closed until at least April 14 due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health situation. For updated information from the school district, including important notices, learning resources, technical support, childcare resources, and food distribution plans, please go to this page.

District updates and resources on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Given that this is a fluid and potentially rapidly developing situation, we will use this web page to share information and resources as the circumstances warrant.

Any time-sensitive, critical information will be shared via the district’s School Messenger notification system, which can send e-mails, text messages and phone calls.

Important Information

District Updates

Friday, April 3, 2020


Food Service

 

Although classes are suspended until April 14, Canajoharie CSD students will be eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch options through this time. Any child under 18 years of age will be allowed to receive a healthy meal and snack choices through the district’s food service program.

The week of March 30, food delivery will be Tuesday and Thursday with two breakfast and two lunch meals to cover Wednesday and Friday.

The week of April 6, food delivery will be Monday and Wednesday with two breakfast and two lunch meals to cover each day. There will be no food service on Friday.

The week of April 13, there will be no food delivery Tuesday. The district will deliver two breakfast and two lunch meals on Monday, April 13.

Meals may be picked up between the hours of 8 am and 9 am, from Wednesday, March 18 through Tuesday, April 14, (Monday through Friday) at the following locations:

  • High School front foyer area
  • Arkell Library Parking Lot
  • At the regular bus stop areas.  The busses will go on their daily run and stop at each location during 8 am – 9 am.  Please make sure that there is someone waiting during this time.
  • All students (including K and 1st grade) who live in the East Hill and Moyer Street areas will have to pick up their food at either the high school or Arkell Library parking lot between 8 am – 9 am.
  • Village Restaurant will also be serving a free meal a day (grilled cheese or hot dog) anytime from 8 am – 5 pm as well if interested.

Essential Workers – Daycare Options

Per the executive order from New York State, local school districts will help families, who are essential workers to find options for daycare if needed.

Essential workers are defined as any work described in the NYS Governors Executive Order related to the COVID-19 epidemic. Essential Healthcare workers include licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel. First responders may include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters.

We will work with these families to help find available local county placements and existing daycare opportunities where there are openings.

Please call the district office if you have any questions at 518-673-6302.

If you are in need of childcare please take this survey.


Supplemental Educational Activities

Starting Wednesday, March 18, supplemental educational activities will be sent out to students during the closure via online in the teacher’s Google Classroom.  If you do not know how to use Google Classroom please click this link for a quick tutorial The Parents’ Guide to Google Classroom.

If a teacher does not have a Google Classroom refer to the following link on our website under “Contact Us”  https://www.canajoharieschools.org/contact-us/  and click “Supplemental Educational Activities”.  The teacher’s name will have a link and when you click the name the supplemental educational activities will be available.

If needed we will be handing out paper and pens during our foodservice runs available and at the high school and the Arkell Library parking lot from 8 am – 9 am.  We ask that you follow your child’s daily schedule to ensure that the activities are complete. For example, if your child has physical education or art for one day, please click the links for the specific teacher to obtain the activities.

Devices and Internet

As of Wednesday, March 18, every household should be equipped with at least one device and have internet access.  For the students who need the devices and internet, we will be dropping them off during our food bus runs and also available to pick them up at the high school or Arkell Library parking lot from 8 am – 9 am on Wednesday and Thursday.

Spectrum is also giving free access to the internet for 60 days.  Please contact them at 1-844-488-8395. Just as a note, this is free for only 60 days and you will have to cancel the service prior to that date or you will be charged.

If a household does not have a device or internet please call the respective school for information.  We will not be able to help with slow or intermittent internet service at your home. If you are having a technical difficulty with the device please email techsupport@canjo.org.

Student Services

If your child or your family needs guidance and/or assistance accessing resources, please feel free to contact your child’s counselor or our district via email.  Please be sure to provide your child’s name and specific concerns as well as the best way for the counselor to reach you and your child.

East Hill Elementary and Middle School: Sherri Buteau, School Counselor     sherri.buteau@canjo.org

Canajoharie High School: Amanda Rose, School Counselor   amanda.rose@canjo.org

District-wide: Lindsey Hodge, School Social Worker    lindsey.hodge@canjo.org

I want to ask everyone for their support during this time.  This is an unprecedented event that is ever-changing, with many questions that are still left unanswered.   I ask that people focus on today and plan for the best tomorrow.

Please visit the district website (www.canajoharieschools.org ) for critical details related to COVID-19/coronavirus.  We will be continuously updating information/details relating to this situation as it is shared with our district.


Information Resources

World Health Organization

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York State Department of Health

Call NYSDOH hotline at 1-888-364-3065  for more information about Coronavirus

Montgomery County Department of Health

Talking to Children about the Coronavirus COVID-19

Travel and Coronavirus

Regarding travel and quarantine measures, please know that the New York State Department of Health has made quarantine a mandatory measure for individuals returning to the United States from a known high-risk exposure area. Based on this, any student, student family member or employee who has traveled to a known high-risk exposure area should notify the school principal prior to coming to school, as well as the Montgomery County Public Health Department at 518-853-3531.

For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s web page for coronavirus and travel, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html