Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources for Parents, Students, and Teachers

This page will be updated as information becomes available. Last updated March 27, 2020.

Governor Cuomo announced that all school districts in New York State will remain closed until at least April 15 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. Dr. Cook will be providing additional information in a communication later this evening. 

Frequently Asked Questions

View our Coronavirus Response Q&A

CCSD Communications/Letters

Important Letter from Dr. Cook- Extended School Closure (March 27, 2020)

Childcare Resources (March 26, 2020)

Coronavirus Needs Assessment Survey (March 24, 2020)

Updated Meal Plan Information- Designated Locations and Door to Door (March 20, 2020)

Letter from Dr. Cook: School Closure – (March 17, 2020)

School Closure Letter to CES Parents – (March 16, 2020)

School Closure Letter to CMS Parents – (March 16, 2020)

School Closure Letter to CHS Parents – (March 16, 2020)

CCSD Action Plan – (March 15, 2020)

Updated Information (March 14, 2020)

Half Day of School for Students Monday, March 16 (March 13,  2020)

Updated Information: Coronavirus Memorandum – (March 10, 2020)

Coronavirus Letter to Parents/Guardians – (March 3, 2020)

CCSD Extended Learning While School Is Out

Extended Learning for Elementary Students

Extended Learning for Middle School Students

Extended Learning for High School Students

Food Service While School Is Out

We are offering a free lunch and snack to all Catskill Central School District students at 12 distribution locations throughout the District, Monday – Friday until the District is able to re-open safely for students.

Please note: if you are unable to reach one of our 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.

Distribution locations:

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 suspended the following state assessments for the remainder of 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.

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.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Emergency Preparedness and Response

US Federal Government

Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19

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

Greene County

Greene County Department of Health
Greene County Website
Greene County Mental Health
Mobile Crisis Assessment Team – In event of mental health crises
Albany Med EmUrgent Care

Hospitals by County (look up hospitals by county here)

Albany County
Albany Medical Center
St. Peter’s Hospital
Albany Memorial Hospital

Columbia County
Columbia Memorial Hospital

Rensselaer County
Samaritan Hospital

Dutchess County

Northern Dutchess Memorial Hospital, Rhinebeck
Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie

Nearby County Resources

Albany County
Albany County website
Department of Health
Dept of Mental Health

Columbia County
Columbia County website
Department of Health

Rensselaer County
Rensselaer County website
Coronavirus Resource Guide
Department of Mental Health

Mental Health and Anxiety Resources/Information

Taking Care of your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
Mini Meditation
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

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

Sumdog Math
Time for Kids (K-6)
PBS Kids
Ideas for Activities During School Closings
Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch

ByrdseedTV (Educational Videos)
Reading Eggs
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.

Child Care Resources

Childcare Resources – March 26, 2020

For Teachers

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

For Parents

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.

Connectivity Resources

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 the
internet 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

United Way Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund

How You Can Help Others

How You Can Help
Purposity – finds those in need near you

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.

Name  City Phone
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 that can provide emergency mental health assessments. Their services are available 7 days a week from 8am—10pm by calling 518-943-5555.

COVID-19 Symptoms

According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of the virus most commonly include fever with dry cough, shortness of breath, and pneumonia. Some people may have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. 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.

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.


There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this new virus. The NYS Department of Health recommends these simple steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses such as cold and flu:

  • 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.
  • Ii 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.


The CDC has provided guidelines for travelers and it is important that everyone traveling or returning to the country follow all relevant recommendations/directives. The CDC and Homeland Security are applying travel restrictions and/or quarantines, were deemed appropriate, for people traveling internationally.

Students and staff returning from currently impacted countries or regions will be required to be under precautionary quarantine for 14 days upon return. The county health department is charged with enforcing any restrictions placed on returning travelers or persons under investigation. Schools cannot impose restrictions on students beyond those enforced by the government.