Governor Cuomo has closed schools through the end of the school year. We will continue to provide updates as we get them. Please read the important information below.
Table of Contents
- Updates from the District
- Instructional Information
- Food Services
- Child Care for Critical Professions and Occupations
- WMHT Educational Programming
- Receive Emails from the District
Updates from the District
- May 22 – Update from the superintendent
- May 15 – Update from the superintendent
- May 13 – Graduation/Class of 2020 update from the superintendent
- May 8 – Update from the superintendent
- May 3 – A video message from the superintendent
- May 1 – Update from the superintendent
- Teachers will be available to their students during “real time” office hours for a minimum of one hour daily.
- Teachers will post assignments and resources through digital platforms that they have been using throughout the year to share information with their students and their families.
- Please make sure all students in grades 7-12 are looking at their North Colonie email for messages from teachers, in addition to Google classroom.
View a Google document of online age-appropriate resources that you may also use with your child.
Per New York State Education Department directive, the district is providing free “grab and go” meals to ANY student under the age of 18, no matter what school they attend. They do not need to live in the North Colonie School District. There are two times for pickup, where families can receive both breakfast and lunch items. The meals will be handed out each day from 8- 8:45 a.m. and then again from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. The following sites are open to all of our families:
- Forts Ferry Elementary School (glass door of the cafeteria)
- Blue Creek Elementary School (back parking lot door, CYC entrance)
- Shaker High School (back glass door near receiving entrance)
Families who cannot pick up meals can contact Food Services at LisaOstrowski@ncolonie.org and arrangements will be made for the meals to be delivered. In fact, you may see a school bus or two on the road delivering those meals. During the closure, times and locations may be re-evaluated to ensure as many children as possible are receiving meals. If there are any changes, we will provide you with updates.
Child Care for Critical Professions and Occupations
As part of the COVID-19 response effort, North Colonie Central School District is working with the Colonie Youth Center (CYC), YMCA and other local child care providers to provide childcare resources to families who work in critical professions in our community.
Child Care Providers
- The Colonie Youth Center (providing services at the Rudy A. Ciccotti Center)
The Capital District YMCA is providing childcare for infants, toddlers and preschoolers at their four Early Learning Centers:
KidzLodge Early Learning Center
47 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065
Early Learning Center
185 Mott Rd, Duanesburg, NY 12056
Learning Ladder Early Learning Center
547 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302
Thelma P. Lally Early Learning Center
204 S. Ten Broeck Street, Scotia, NY 12302
Office of Child and Family Services
If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent need for child care survey. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high quality child care that they need. In addition, the OCFS website has several resources available.
Child Care Resource & Referral Agency
New York State is using a portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds to provide child care to income eligible essential workers at no cost. Essential workers who must work outside of the home and who are using a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available. All licensed and regulated providers who are caring for essential workers are able to participate in this new program.
In order to qualify for the scholarship, families must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four that equals an annual income of $78,600.
Parents are asked to complete the following application for the CARES Child Care Scholarship via the link below. It informs parents that the application will be considered complete once the online application is finished AND the required supplemental documentation is submitted to Brightside Up, the Childcare Resource and Referral Agency (CCRA).
Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc.
Ms. Abbe Kovacik, Executive Director
Menands, NY 12204
For parents that currently receive a subsidy from their local DSS to pay for child care, this scholarship can cover the parent co-pay. Parents should apply for the CARES Act Scholarship, and then contact their local Department of Social Services to get a letter stating their current co-pay. Please address any questions to Tricia Howland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WMHT supports at-home learning with on-air and online educational programming
Our local PBS station, WMHT Public Media, is offering an educational programming block targeted to support in-home learning for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 while area schools are closed.
From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, WMHT WORLD will offer programming for students in grades 4-12. Each full day line-up will cover a range of subjects including science, math, social studies, history and literature. Read more here.
Receive Emails from North Colonie
Parents and guardians, the main source of communication from the district is through email. If you are not receiving the emails, please send your email address to your school principal or InformationServices@ncolonie.org. If you do not have an email address, please contact your school principal so the district can communicate with you by phone or other means.
Parents can log in to the portal, click on ‘More’ and then click on ‘Family Information’ to update phone numbers and email addresses.
If you are a community member and would like to receive general news updates from the district, please visit our SchoolMessenger page and sign up.
- Social Worker contact request form
- High School Mental Health Team website
- Local contacts and resources
- NYSED Information and Guidance for Schools
- New York State Department of Health
- New York State Office of Mental Health
- NYS Office of Mental Health texting line – Text GOT5 to 741741
- New York State Department of Labor record of unemployment form for substitutes
- Google Classroom Guide for Parents (in multiple languages)
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC: Manage Anxiety & Stress
- Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks