Also Effective March 18 through April 1:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info & Resources
Last updated at 1pm on March 27, 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 Wednesday, April 15
- 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 at least Wednesday, April 1, 2020 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. Students and staff should plan on returning to school on Thursday, April 2, 2020.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.