Also Effective March 18 until further notice:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info & Resources
Last updated at 8am on July 16, 2020.
Below you can find information about district-provided meals for students, student learning activities, local community resources and more.
We are continuing to communicate regularly with and follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Columbia County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.
The health and safety of our students & staff remain our highest priority and we are taking proactive measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community and others.
Classes Canceled Wednesday, March 18 through End of School Year.
- Visitors to our schools will be strictly limited to staff essential to the operations of our school. All other visitors will not be allowed in our buildings.
- All Adult Education classes are suspended
- Use of our buildings/grounds by community organizations/leagues is suspended
- All school-sponsored public events are postponed
- All field trips are postponed
There will be no student attendance from Wednesday, March 18 through the end of the school year in a statewide effort to mitigate the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This time frame follows an executive order issued by Governor Cuomo on March 16.
Taconic Hills will be sending breakfast and lunch to any child in our school district during class cancellation. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, buses are loaded up with 2 breakfast and 2 lunch to send home for each student. Meals will arrive at bus stops approximately 3 hours after your child's regular pickup time.
Even though classes are cancelled, the Taconic Hills Central School District Backpack Programs will continue during this temporary break. Each school has been coordinating with families enrolled in this program and are providing them with food. Backpacks will be distributed during Monday bus runs.
Home Learning Opportunities
Teachers have been working with students and parents on developing home/online learning opportunities and remote instruction (organized by grade level). We will be sharing resources to encourage your children to make the best of this time.
If you have any questions regarding your student’s education, please contact your child’s teacher. You can access Teacher website and email information in the School Directory.
Elementary Continuity of Instruction Plan - The Elementary staff have developed an informational flyer for remote learning during the time that classes are cancelled.
Guidance on Continuity of Learning from NYSED - Includes options and examples of technology and non-technology-based resources for districts and schools, as they develop distance learning plans for students during closure due to the Novel Coronavirus.
Access to the Internet
- Consolidated Communications, an Internet Service Provider that services some of our area, is offering Free Internet for 2 months and Free Installation for new customers. This is for families with school aged children who are impacted by school closings. If families are interested and would like more details they can call Consolidated Communications at: 1-844-968-7224
- Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
- Using cell phones as a hotspot.
- Public buildings are closed but wifi is still working at Town Halls, Libraries and School. In most cases, you can sit in parking lots and connect.
School Counseling Resources
The COVID-19 crisis is having an enormous impact on our students and families, and this situation holds different meaning and implications for everyone. One of our biggest concerns is how this crisis is impacting the social/emotional wellbeing of our community. We would like to extend our support to help address these concerns by offering a list of resources that you can access from home and contact information for our Counseling Department. We will continue to be available to support to our families for the duration of this crisis. We wish the best for everyone in our Taconic Hills community and look forward to seeing our students again very soon!
School Event/Activity Cancellations & Postponements
Following guidance from local and federal health officials, we are taking proactive measures in light of public health concerns. Therefore, several school events and activities are being canceled or postponed and will be rescheduled if possible.
Updates from THCSD
Survey for Childcare for 1st Responders/Health Care Providers
If you are a licensed healthcare provider (e.g. - physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel) or employed as a first responder (e.g. - paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters) who requires child care support during our current school class cancelations, please take a few minutes to complete this survey so that the District can assist you.
The purpose of this Memorandum from the Board of Regents is to inform you that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is suspending all NYS Elementary- and Intermediate-Level State Assessments for the remainder of the school year in response to the statewide closures of schools and districts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read More
Regents Examinations in June have been cancelled.
Important changes to the AP tests this year due to the COVID-19 AP Update Letter
Grading Policy (Jr/Sr High School)
With the governor’s recent announcement that NY State school will be closed through the end of the year we are able to finalize our grading procedures for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. The grading procedures will help determine how course credit is awarded and/or how final grades are reported.
These procedures were developed to recognize the challenges that many families have experienced with remote learning. We want to reward the hard work done by students while not penalizing students for things that are out of their control. Our Academic Committee worked tirelessly to create a set of equitable processes.
Final grades for full-year courses will be reported with a grade note rather than a numerical score. Students who receive an incomplete will be encouraged to make up up work to earn credit with school support either in the summer or at a later date
Any questions regarding your child’s progress or grade should be first directed to your child’s teacher(s). If you have further questions please contact your child’s counselor, building principals, or our Director of Instruction. Grading Policy [Google Doc]
If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected and follow their advice.
Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The District is prepared to work with any affected families.
In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms. The district will continue to share information as it becomes available.
Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.
- Novel Coronavirus (NYS Department of Health)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)
- Information for Travel (CDC)
- FAQ for Travelers (CDC)
- Prevention & Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)
- FAQ: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)
- School (PreK-12) Guidance: COVID-19 (NYS Education Department)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Emergency Food Access & Distribution- Columbia County Districts - The Sylvia Center has put together information for how each district in the county is distributing meals and all the food pantries/distribution sites we know of. For now, we are making updates 2x per week, gathering information through checking websites and phone calls.
- Homeschooling: Tips from One Month in - Cornell Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Team Leader, Rebecca Polmateer shares homeschool tips compiled from the Family and Consumer Sciences program teams. They are based on evidence-based research, as well as lessons learned from homeschooling one month into the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic - This resource offers tips to support your child’s learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
News & Announcements
Local Food Pantries
Below is a link to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY where you can find local food pantries in your area including hours of operation.