This page will be updated as information becomes available. Last updated May 21, 2020.
Governor Cuomo announced that all school districts in New York State will remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year to help protect the public against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. All extracurricular activities and events are suspended and our buildings are closed to all visitors.
CCSD Extended Learning While School Is Out
Fourth quarter grading will be implemented to ensure that equity among all students remains the priority. We plan to evaluate the quality of work, while providing flexibility to students who have had difficulty with internet access and with working from home. The grading plan is structured to ensure that students are successful during this difficult situation.
Our teachers are doing an extraordinary job with maintaining communication with their students. Please email your child’s teacher(s) and or the building principal if you are experiencing any issues with communication.
End of the School Year
The last day of virtual learning for the 2019-20 school year is June 16, 2020.
Retrieving Items Left in Lockers and Classrooms
Retrieval will occur in June. Students’ belongings will be bagged and labeled with his or her name for pick-up. Please contact your child’s principal to schedule a June pick-up date and time.
Returning Chromebooks, Books, Calculators and Other School Items
We are targeting the week of June 22-26 for students/parents to return District-issued chromebooks, library books, textbooks, scientific calculators and other school-issued items. Additional information will be forthcoming.
Food Service While School Is Out
We are offering free meals to all CCSD students at 12 locations throughout the District on Mondays and Thursdays until the District is able to re-open safely. On Mondays each student will receive one hot and two bagged lunches, and on Thursdays one hot and one bagged lunch.
Please note: if you are unable to reach one of our 12 distribution locations we will make every attempt to assist you. Call the number provided below on the day before expected delivery and leave a detailed message with your child(ren’s) name(s), address and phone number. We will try our best to ensure delivery of meals to those in need. For questions or concerns please contact Food Service at 518-943-2300 ext. 1413.
For questions or concerns please contact Food Service at 518-943-2300 ext. 1413.
|10:30 am – Mountain Turnpike & Caridi Drive
11:00 am – Cauterskill & Paul Saxe
11:30 am – B & B Lounge
12:00 pm – Kiskatom Fire House
12:30 pm – Storys Corner
1:00 pm – Maple Grove & Pennsylvania
|10:30 am – Grandview & Landon Ave
11:00 am – Catskill Community Center
11:30 am – VFW Main St & Grand
12:00 pm – Greene Med Arts Pkg Lot
12:30 pm – Leeds Post Office
1:00 pm – Bethel Ridge & Cairo Junct
Lunch and a snack will be available to pick up at the above listed times and locations free of charge to all Catskill School District students. At the end of each day, food that is not picked up at the designated locations is dropped off at the Matthew 25 Food Pantry in the Village of Catskill.
NYS Testing Changes
The New York State Education Department has canceled the following state assessments for the 2019-20 school year:
- NYS Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test
- NYS Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test
- NYS Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test
- NYS Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test
- NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12
- NYS Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.
- NYS June Regents Exams
- NYS August Regents Exams
The spring, 2020 athletic season is canceled.
2020 School Budget Vote and Board Election
Chatham Central School District’s School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election has been rescheduled to June 9, 2020 and will take place by absentee ballot, per an executive order issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo. More information is available on our Budget Information Page.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration is scheduled for June 1-5, 2020. The registration process will take place in the front circle at Catskill Elementary School. Please contact Ms. Nuala Jubie at email@example.com for immediate support. We have tentatively rescheduled Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten screening for the last week in August 2020. Additional information will be forthcoming.
Novel Coronavirus Hotlines
New York State has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.
Columbia Memorial Health has also established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 518-828-8249.
NYS Office of Mental Health has established a COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-888-863-9314 or https://omh.ny.gov/
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
US Federal Government
New York State
New York State Department of Health – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Local Departments of Social Services by County
NYS Education Department
NYS Local Health Department Telephone Numbers – If you feel you need to be tested, call your local Department of Health
Protect Yourself from COVID-19 and Stop the Spread of Germs
Hospitals by County (look up hospitals by county here)
Columbia Memorial Hospital
Nearby County Resources
NYSOH Health Insurance Special Enrollment Period
NY State of Health has opened a Special Enrollment Period for people who are uninsured, and has started an awareness campaign to let people know that NY State of Health is there as a safety net during the COVID-19 crisis. Many New Yorkers who are without health insurance are eligible should apply now through NY State of Health. If you lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of a loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus, or subsidized Qualified Health Plan coverage. Visit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov for help finding a health care plan that works for you. For questions, contact the Marketplace at 518-486-9102 or NYSOH@health.ny.gov.
Mental Health and Anxiety Resources/Information
NYS Office of Mental Health COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline 1-888-863-9314 https://omh.ny.gov/
NYS has partnered with Headspace to offer New Yorkers free meditation and mindfulness content at www.headspace.com/ny
Taking Care of your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
Down Dog App, which includes the apps Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout, is free until April 1st and has exercises you can do at home
Feeling Anxious Or Worried? Listen To These 8 Podcasts
Coronavirus Anxiety: 4 Ways to Cope with Fear
Help Kids Manage Anxiety around the Coronavirus (3 Expert Videos)
Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety
Expert Offers Practical Advice to Manage Your Coronavirus Anxiety
Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About COVID-19
Child Care Resources
The NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and your local Child Care Resource & Referral agency are here to support you during this difficult time with your child care needs. Take the OCFS Parent Need for Child Care Survey
How to Talk to your Children/Family about Coronavirus
Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
BrainPop cartoon video explaining Coronavirus
NPR Comic for Kids explaining Coronavirus
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Help Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty
Fear and Anxiety – An Age by Age Guide to Common Fears, The Reasons for Each and How to Manage Them
How to Talk About Coronavirus With Kids
The Yucky Bug – Julia Cook
So You’ve Got Questions about Coronavirus
Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Published by the National Association of School Psychologists)
Activities to do at Home
ByrdseedTV (Educational Videos)
Epic! Digital Book Library (for kids 12 and under – there is a cost – $7.99/month)
Khan Academy – Online video tutorials in a number of subjects at a variety of grade levels
Libby– a free app! Input your library card information and you have access to the library’s
catalog of free audiobooks and e-books.
Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings
Khan Academy Student Schedules for School Closures
Penguin Classics Classroom
Scholastic Learn at Home: Teaching Remotely for Grades K-12
Scholastic Learn at Home: Free Resources for School Closures
Zoom – free sign up for teachers and students & relevant article
A Google Classroom tutorial
Google Classroom explained for parents – a slideshow
A Google Classroom FYI…. Did you know XBoxOne and Playstation 4 BOTH have Google
Classroom apps! You or your child can access Google Classroom on these game consoles as
well as through a laptop, smartphone, or Chromebook.
Free Access to WiFi & Broadband from Spectrum: Spectrum will be offering FREE broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum subscription. This is designed to ensure that all students have access to theinternet so they may continue their education during this time. All installation fees will be
waived. If you or someone you know can benefit from this service please call 1-844-488-8395.
Mid-Hudson Cable has Digital Basic service they will be offering for $19.95 for 60 days.
Their number is 800-342-5400. Or online at http://www.mhcable.net/pricing/
How You Can Help Others
Mental Health Therapists
The following is a list of therapists in our local area. This list is not meant to be a recommendation or
endorsement for a particular clinician.
|Lilly Casscles, PhD||Catskill, NY||518-755-2803|
|Suzanne Tolemao, LCSW||Leeds, NY||518-605-0016|
|Ken Russell, LCSW-R||Catskill, NY||518-943-0244|
|Mari Warfel, LCSW||Leeds, NY||518-618-8868|
|Craig Lennon, PhD||Catskill, NY||518-943-4360|
|Steven Abrahams, LCSW||Woodstock, NY||845-679-5511|
|Walter Kendall, PhD||Cairo, NY||518-719-8873|
|Marcie Pollit, LCSW||Saugerties, NY||845-247-4357|
|Julie Staber, LCSW||West Hurley, NY||845-679-7500|
|Richard, Madden, PhD||Catskill, NY||518-943-1000|
|Carole Sayle, LCSW, CASAC||Catskill, NY||518-943-5354|
|Tim Rodier, LCSW||Kingston, NY||845-705-9328|
|Pam Perkins, LCSW-R||Saugerties, NY||845-616-9087|
|Patricia O’Neil, LCSW-R||Chatham, NY||518-929-8511|
|Greene County Mental Health||Cairo, NY||518-622-9163|
|Columbia Memorial Psychotherapy Center||Catskill, NY||518-697-8010|
|Choices Counseling||Albany, NY||518-438-2222|
|Families Together Counseling||Catskill, NY||518-719-0123|
Mobile Crisis Assessment Team
Is an emergency mental health service that can provide emergency mental health assessments. Their services are available 7 days a week from 8am—10pm by calling 518-943-5555.
2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can lead to fever, coughing, trouble breathing and/or shortness of breath. While approximately 80% of cases lead to mild symptoms, there can be life-threatening cases, especially among older adults and those who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. The virus is likely spread from cough and sneeze droplets, close contact with an infected individual, or by touching a surface contaminated with the virus and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of the virus most commonly include fever with dry cough, shortness of breath, and pneumonia. Other symptoms reported include tiredness, headache, runny nose, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste, diarrhea, and body aches. Some people may have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all but may still be contagious.
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this new virus. Federal, state, and local health departments recommend these simple steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home whenever possible.
- Practice social distancing – stay at least six feet from others and avoid large groups.
- If you must go out, wear a mask to cover your mouth and nose.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys, door handles, cellphones, and countertops.
Additionally, if you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory illness and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider before going there and inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, then follow their advice.