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Districts in Fulton, Montgomery counties to close through March 31

Districts in Fulton, Montgomery counties to close through March 31

Most Capital Region school districts to close for a week over coronavirus concerns; WSWHE BOCES component districts opt to close for up to 5 weeks

CAPITAL REGION -- After a host of area school districts in Albany, Schenectady and Schohaire counties announced Friday that they would close for a week or two in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at least two districts in Saratoga County informed parents on Saturday that their children will not return to class until after the week of Spring Break. On Sunday afternoon, districts in Fulton and Montgomery counties announced their decision to close for two weeks beginning on Monday. 

In an email sent to the district's community on Saturday afternoon, Ballston Spa Central Schools superintendent Ken Slentz announced that "Schools will be closed for students beginning March 16, 2020 through April 20, 2020 in an attempt to slow the growth of the COVID-19 virus and to keep students staff and our community as safe and healthy as possible." 

In similar fashion, Saratoga Springs City School District Superintendent Michael Patton announced via its website that it "will be cancelling classes and all school events and activities through April 19, 2020." 

Slentz said that the decision for his district was based on information from both the state and federal governments. 

Patton said that his district is "approaching" the closure with three priorities in mind: 

  1. The health and safety of its community members
  2. Helping the community weather the impact of the closure by addressing basic needs including free and reduced-price meals for families who need it
  3. Encourage student learning for the duration of the closure.  

On Sunday afternoon Hamilton-Fulton-Montomgery County BOCES Superintendent David Ziskin announced that its component schools would be closed to students from Monday, March 16, through Tuesday, March 31. A release sent to the Daily Gazette says that "Local school superintendents unanimously made the decision to cancel classes in the region following a meeting Sunday, March 15, with county officials and school district attorneys." 

The following alphabetized list includes plans for school districts and systems within Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie counties as of late Sunday afternoon, based on information sent to the Daily Gazette and/or that found on the individual district's website (links are provided below):

Albany City School District: Closed through March 27

Ballston Spa Central School District: Closed through April 20

Bethlehem Central School District: Closed through March 20

Broadalbin-Perth Central School District: NEW: Closed through March 31

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District: Closed through March 20

Canajoharie Central School District: NEW: Closed through March 31

Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District: Closed through March 27

Cohoes City School District: Closed through March 20

Corinth Central School District: Closed through April 20

Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools: Closed through March 20

Duanesburg Central School District: Closed through March 20

Edinburgh Common School: NEW: Closed through March 31

Fonda-Fultonville School District: NEW: Closed through March 31

Fort Plain School DistrictNEW: Closed through March 31

Galway Central School District: Closed through April 19, 2020

Gloversville Enlarged School District: NEW: Closed through March 31

Greater Amsterdam School District: NEW: Closed through March 31

Greater Johnstown School District: NEW: Closed through March 31

Green Island Union Free School District: Closed through March 20

Guilderland School District: All elementary schools and Guilderland High School will be closed through March 20; Farnsworth Middle School will be closed through March 27 due to a case of COVID-19 that was confirmed on Friday. 

Hadley-Luzerne Central School District: Closed through April 19

Mayfield Central School District: NEW: Closed through March 31

Menands School District: Closed through March 20

Mechanicville City School District: Closed through April 17

Middleburgh Central School District: Closed through March 27

Niskayuna Central School District: Closed through March 20

North Colonie Central School District: Closed through March 20

Northville Central School District: NEW: Closed through March 31

Oppenheim-Ehpratah-St. Johnsville Central School District: NEW: Closed through March 31

Rotterdam-Mohonasen Central School District: Closed through March 20

Saratoga Springs City School District: Closed through April 19 

Schalmont Central School District: Closed through March 20

Schenectady City School District: Closed through at least March 20

Schoharie Central School District: Closed through March 27

Scotia-Glenville Central School District: Closed through March 20; all activities involving community and visitor use of school facilities are canceled until at least April 20

Schuylerville Central School District: Closed through April 19

Sharon Springs Central Schools: Closed through March 30

Shenendehowa Central School District: Closed through March 20

South Colonie Central School District: Closed through March 20

South Glens Falls Central School District: Closed through April 19

Stillwater Central School District: Closed through April 19

Voorheesville Central School District: Closed through March 20

Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District: Closed through April 19

Watervliet City School District: Closed through March 20

Wheelerville Union Free School: NEW: Closed through March 31

 

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