COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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The first day of school will be Monday, September 14, 2020. 

Please be advised that this situation is fluid and ever-evolving. We are making decisions with the information we have at this time.  This information will be updated frequently. Please continue to check back for the most current information.

August 14, 2020 Update

During the August 13 Community Reopening Panel Discussion, Superintendent John Carmello made several announcements including:

  • First Day of School moved to September 14. We have made the decision to move forward with the change to the start of school. Classes will begin on Monday, September 14. The Staff PD days scheduled for November and March have been moved to the week of Labor Day.
  • District in compliance with Governor’s orders – As requested by the Governor last week, the District has completed the following:
    • Two community discussions. A third event is scheduled for Thursday, August 20 at 6 p.m. via Google Meet. Additionally, Superintendent Carmello will present at the August 19 Board of Education Meeting. 
    • 2 Staff Q&A sessions
    • Prominent and separate placement of information for Remote Learning Plan, Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Testing.
  • District to provide cloth masks to every student and staff member – Last week we discussed the purchase of gaiter masks, but since then a Duke University study came out that says these are not the most effective way of preventing the spread of aerosols. We certainly will not make decisions that put our students and staff at risk, therefore we have changed course and will purchase a 3-ply cloth for every student and staff with the Troy logo.
  • High School Transportation – We are still working with CDTA to see if they can help alleviate some of our transportation issues for high school students. If we do ultimately partner with them, please be aware there will still be a Durham option for any students not on CDTA routes or for those with multiple transfers.
  • Siblings to be grouped together in hybrid model –  We are still deciding on how to split the two groups for the secondary hybrid model, but rest assured the district will be flexible and accomodating to ensure siblings are grouped together. Other scenarios such as neighbors that ride to school together will also be met with flexibility. 

August 11, 2020 Update

We have resubmitted the plan on all required portals, including with the Department of Health, and have received confirmation of submission.

August 10, 2020 Update

We understand that Troy was listed as a district that had not yet submitted their reopening plan. We want to assure you that we submitted our plan on July 31 as required and received confirmation of our submission. We have reached out for additional information. You can view the submitted plan at www.troycsd.org/reopening.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce our next Reopening Panel Discussion scheduled for Thursday, August 13 at 6 p.m. via Google Meet. We continue to accept questions sent to covid19@troycsd.org. A link for the discussion will be provided as we get closer to the event.

August 7, 2020 Update

The Troy City School District is very pleased with the Governor’s decision to allow schools to open this fall. We feel we have developed a comprehensive plan to safely deliver a high-quality education to each and every one of our students, while providing all parents with the option of remote-only learning. The District has complied with the Governor’s orders to post information about remote only learning, testing procedures (which are administered through the Department of Health, not by schools) and contract tracing. All of these items can be found in our plan at www.troycsd.org/reopening. Please note, we are expanding the description of our remote only learning plan with additional details. This information will be available next week.

For ease of access, the aforementioned plan sections are linked below. The District will also arrange additional dialogue with parents as part of the Governor’s requests. Information on this will be forthcoming.  

Remote Learning – http://www.troycsd.org/reopening/plan/#remote
Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Testing – http://www.troycsd.org/reopening/plan/#contacttracing

 

August 4, 2020 Update – Submit questions for the Reopening Panel Discussion

A Reopening Panel Discussion will take place via Google Meet on Thursday, August 6, at 6 p.m. The public is invited to submit questions to the panel by emailing covid19@troycsd.org by 9 a.m. Thursday morning. Visit www.troycsd.org/reopening for details.

 

August 3, 2020 Update – Troy CSD Learning and Transportation Choice Form

All parents/guardians must complete the Troy CSD Learning and Transportation Choice Form to indicate your preference for your child’s learning and transportation options for the first semester of the 2020-2021 School Year. Please follow the prompts if you have more than one child. You will be asked to return to a previous section and fill it out for each additional child. This form is mandatory for all students and must be completed by the end of the day on Friday, August 14.

 

July 31 Update – Reopening Plan

The Troy City School District has submitted its reopening plan to the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The plan includes a daily in-person instruction model for elementary students with a hybrid in-person/remote learning model for secondary students. Additionally, the District is providing all parents the option to choose remote-only learning. This option is available for all students at every level. www.troycsd.org/reopening. 

July 29, 2020 Update

The Troy City School District Reopening Committee and Subcommittees are diligently working on a reopening plan to be submitted to NYSED and to the public on Friday, July 31. The plan will be posted on this website. In addition, the District will host a virtual forum on Thursday, August 6, at 6 p.m. via Google Meet, where administrators will answer questions from the school community regarding the plan. More information on this forum, including how to submit a question, will be forthcoming. We thank you for your patience.

July 14, 2020 Update

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced the formula and metrics that will determine how and if school districts will reopen this fall.

Schools can reopen if they are located in a region where the daily infection rate remains 5% or lower using a 14-day average. This particular decision will be made by New York State during the first week of August.

Those decisions are subject to change and school buildings will need to close if a school region’s infection rate goes above 9% using a 7-day average after August 1.

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) also presented initial health and safety guidelines to the Board of Regents regarding the reopening of schools.

See the initial NYSED Reopening Guidelines presented to the Board of Regents here.

NYSED is expected to release more detailed reopening guidance on Wednesday, July 15, which school districts must then use to make comprehensive plans. These plans must include scheduling options for in-person instruction, remote instruction and hybrid instruction (combining in-person and remote). School districts must then submit these reopening plans for state review by July 31.

 

July 9, 2020 Update

We would like to provide our school community with an update on reopening in September.

We have been discussing the different scenarios (in-person, remote, and hybrid), and the additional resources and other health and safety protocols that would be required in each scenario.  As you know, we have not received final guidance on reopening from the State. However, Governor Cuomo indicated yesterday that this guidance will be released on July 13.  Reopening plans from every school district, including ours, will be due to the State by July 31 and the Governor will make a decision regarding the reopening of schools during the week of August 1. We will continue to work tirelessly to finalize a reopening plan that ensures a high-quality education delivered in a way that also ensures the safety of our students and staff.  We ask for your patience as we work through this process.

Thank you to the parents and guardians who have completed the survey we sent out last week.  Your opinion is important to us, so if you have still not completed the survey, please do so by this Friday, July 10.  We will use all the feedback as a guide as we develop our district plan.

Take the parent survey now.

May 29, 2020 Update

Because we lost spring break and Good Friday due to the COVID-19 closure, we will be ending the year earlier than originally planned. The last day for students and instruction will be Wednesday, June 17. The last day for teachers will be Thursday, June 18.

May 21, 2020 Update

Per Governor Cuomo, schools will no re-open for in-person summer school, but may do virtual instruction for those in need. The State will issue guidance for fall reopening in June and schools will provide plans to the state for approval.

 

May 1, 2020 Update

All schools in New York State will remain closed for the rest of the academic school year as announced today by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Any decision regarding summer school will be made by May 15.

We understand how disappointing this news is to so many of you, especially to our seniors. Please know that we have not forgotten about Class Night, Sports Night, and, most importantly, Graduation. We are currently making plans that will allow us to recognize our students on their well-deserved achievements. We will update everyone as soon as those plans are finalized.

April 16, 2020 Update

Today, the Governor announced that schools will remain closed until at least May 15.

April 6, 2020 Update

Today, the Governor announced that schools will remain closed until at least April 29.  The Board of Regents also announced today that this year’s Regents exams have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance regarding this decision is supposed to be released tomorrow.  We will provide more information once that guidance is received. We thank you for your continued support and patience during this time.

 

Messages from the Superintendent

April 16, 2020 letter to families 

April 1, 2020 Statement regarding Spring Recess

March 26, 2020, Superintendent John Carmello addresses community – YouTube 

March 15, 2020 letter to families

March 12, 2020 letter to families

March 4, 2020 letter to families

 

Meals

We will not be providing meals during the summer. For information about meals through the Boys and Girls Clubs and other area organizations, please visit our Summer Food Access webpage. 

 

Childcare Resources

The Capital District YMCA has extended care to cover “essential” workers. The school-age childcare offers new locations, a daily rate, and financial assistance. Visit our Childcare Resources page for additional information. 

Food and Community Resources

Please check this list for resources from Troy and the surrounding areas in regards to meals and other services. 

 

Learning

With the exception of our ESY Program, there will be no-in person summer instruction this year. Please visit our elementary summer school page and our secondary summer school page to learn about our online Summer Surge Programs.

Teachers have used the March 16 Professional Development day to work in grade-level teams and departments to prepare resources for students, both digitally and in hard copies. Teachers have been advised to be available for questions from students and parents. Please consult with your teacher on the best way to communicate. Click here to access our Digital Learning Resources by grade level and subject. 

 

NYS Regents Exams Flow Chart

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Regents announced that the June and August 2020 Regents Exams have been canceled. Some students will be completely exempt from taking the exams, others may need to attend summer school to be exempt and still others may need to take the next offered exam. Click here to access our Regents Flow Chart to check on your status. 

 

Other Resources

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Reopening Questions