There will be an emergency Board of Education meeting today at 4 p.m. to approve a vendor. There will not be a link to view the meeting.
The Guidance office has begun scheduling virtual college visits for our high school students. Dates and times will be posted as they are scheduled. Currently we have a visit scheduled with Keuka College on October 20th at 11:15 am. The Microsoft Teams link to the visit is below, you can access it from the Web Browser (by copying and pasting the link) or through the MS Teams app itself: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MTkzZjkxYWUtYTdkOC00YWFkLTk5MGItMTJmMzBjMzVhNWUz%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%224439cf52-a620-4952-91b6-ea7dc915bcea%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22aa3621f3-701f-40a6-b160-23b281b6c559%22%7d
The Faculty and Staff here at GCCS would like to wish a Happy Birthday to Dylan Braswell!
Below is the latest sports update from the Delaware League's president Jamie Harter: "The Delaware League, after much deliberation during today's meeting with Athletic Directors, Superintendents, and Section 4 representatives, has suspended the fall sports season until further notice". When we receive additional information we will post it and get to our players and coaches.
Board of Education meeting tonight, September 9, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Please use this link to view: https://youtu.be/0l8H3GWPRwY
Updated schedules which include specials (Art, Music and PE) and electives have been mailed home. Students will have classes every day during remote learning. Period times are listed on the new schedules. The first day of school will be a Day C, the second will be a Day D and so on continuing with the A-J pattern we have always had. Please do not hesitate to contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions or need to make changes to your schedule.
Greg Cross, Acting Supervisor for the Town of Prattsville, has shared that Mid-Hudson Cable has put a “HotSpot” at Connie Field for local residents to use. Thanks for sharing Greg.
Welcome back to the GCCS 2020-21 school year. What a difference a year can make! I don’t have to recap all that has happened since last September but I wish to share some of the highlights. We completed our building project, which gave us a beautiful new and modern library as well as upgrades to security, electrical infrastructure, heating and cooling, and a makeover of our business and main office. The CSI (NYSED’s Comprehensive Support & Improvement) process guided our many initiatives including curriculum mapping, SEL (Social-Emotional Learning), and enhanced professional development for staff. We begin the 2020-21 school-year with a new ELA curriculum that will improve literacy learning for all students. Additionally, we have been able to improve some of the technology inequities, and although not 100%, we have closed the gap considerably with devices, MiFi units, and upgrades to our technology infrastructure. The school staff has never worked harder to get ready for a new school year. Our buildings and grounds personnel are ensuring that the district is ready for the return of staff, and in a few weeks, the return of students. The cafeteria has started prepping meals to be delivered to families as well as getting ready to serve students when they return. Transportation has implemented new cleaning routines and has altered bus routes to meet the Department of Health and State Ed. guidelines for health and safety. Teachers and LTAs have attended many trainings to prepare for remote and hybrid formats and are creating online learning classrooms in Schoology. The principal’s office, guidance office, main office, nurse’s office, and business office staff have updated protocols to streamline processes and enhance communication with families. Our goal is much the same as yours. We want our students back in school and we want our students and staff to be safe and to stay healthy. Upon returning to school this year, all staff are required to sign attestation forms about their physical health and possible exposure to COVID-19. When students return to the building, families will also be required to complete a health attestation for their children. Social distancing and mask protocols are also in place anywhere on school property. There will be more specifics provided to families as we get closer to students retuning to the school building. Remember, remote learning starts on September 9th, 2020. I want to say thank you to our community and to our families and students. This has not been an easy time and we anticipate some obstacles ahead. I ask that you continue to be patient, continue to communicate with us, and continue to support your children. I am proud of how this community comes together in times of struggle. Remember, “The sun always shines in Gilboa.” We cannot wait to see you all. Sincerely, Jack Etter Superintendent Gilboa-Conesville Central School
Remote learning will begin on September 9, 2020. The cafeteria will be providing breakfast and lunch via delivery on Wednesdays for the next 5 weeks. If you are interested in receiving food, please call the school.
There will be an emergency Board of Education meeting tonight at 7:15 p.m. It is anticipated that they will go immediately into executive session.
Phones are working again!
No phones at the school. We do not have an estimated time of restoration. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, today's Schoology meetings have been postponed. They have been rescheduled for Monday, August 31 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The meeting links will be posted closer to the meeting times.
Special Board of Education meeting on August 26, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Please use this to view: https://youtu.be/L2Mjc1kBotg
Information for parents and students about our new Learning Management System, Schoology, will be shared via Zoom meetings on August 27, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The links will be posted on our website and Facebook page closer to the time of the meetings.
The school's phones will be out at 4 p.m. today for testing.
There will be a special Board of Education meeting on August 26th at 6:30 p.m. The meeting can be attended in person or watched online. A link to watch will be posted the day of the meeting.
Here is the posting that the governor has asked for . Gilboa-Conesville Central School COVID-19 Testing In the event that a large-scale testing will need to be conducted at the school, the district administration will work with the NY State Department of Health and our local Schoharie County Health Department. NYS Department of Health serves as the mandatory baseline of health and safety protocols for school districts to follow. Testing is part of a continuum of mitigation efforts that includes mandatory daily screening, testing for symptomatic individuals or exposures and contract tracing in the event of a positive case. If anyone has or is suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms, they will be referred to their primary care physician, closest urgent care center or the Schoharie County Department of Health to be directed to a testing site. • Schoharie County Health Department: 518-295-8365 Screening All visitors: All visitors will be required to complete a five-question survey prior to entering any district building, with the following questions: • Have you had COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days? These symptoms include: sore throat, cough, chills, body aches for unknown reasons, shortness of breath for unknown reasons, loss of smell, loss of taste, or fever at or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. • Have you had a positive diagnostic COVID-19 test in the past 14 days? • Have you had close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days? • Have you been under quarantine and not cleared to return to work? • Have you traveled to a state covered by the COVID 19 Travel Advisory in the last 14 days? Staff: All staff will be required to fill out a self-screening survey prior to the school year stating that every day they come to work they have taken their temperature and it is below 100, they have not taken a fever reducing medicine, and have not been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms. Students: All students families will be required to fill out a self-screening survey prior to the school year stating that every day the student comes to work the parent has taken the students temperature and it is below 100, they have not taken a fever reducing medicine, and have not been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms. All: If during a school day, anyone has a temperature reading above 100° F, or if the student or staff member reports experiencing other COVID-19 related symptoms, the student or staff member will be quarantined or isolated in the building’s dedicated “isolation” rooms, and the parents/guardians will be notified if a student. The student will wait in the isolation room until his or her/parents arrive. The staff member will leave the building. Our building has designated three isolation rooms, apart from the nursing suite that will be monitored by personnel if a student or staff member needs to be placed in isolation. Face masks and other PPE must be worn at all times in the isolation room. Nurses, and all other personnel in contact with the person, will be protected with masks, eye protection, face shields, gowns, gloves and shoe covers. If, during the course of a school day, students and/or staff develop any symptoms listed they must notify the following person(s): Staff: Staff who develop symptoms should contact our school nurse or the District Office. Gilboa-Conesville Central School Gilboa-Conesville Central School Alissa Cox School Nurse Jack Etter, Superintendent Phone: (607) 588-7541 Phone: (607) 588-7541 Students: Students who develop symptoms should contact their school nurse: Gilboa-Conesville Central School Alissa Cox School Nurse Phone: (607) 588-7541 Contact Tracing: The district will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the district. To assist the local health department with tracing the transmission of COVID-19, the district has developed and maintained a plan to trace all contacts of exposed individuals in accordance with protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program. Districts may assist with contact tracing by: • Keeping accurate attendance records of students and staff members • Ensuring student schedules are up to date • Keeping a log of any visitor which includes date and time, and where in the school they visited • Assisting the local health departments in tracing all contacts of the individual in accordance with the protocol, training, and tools provided through the NYS Contact Tracing Program. • Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations. School staff should not try to determine who is to be excluded from school based on contact without guidance and direction from the local health department. Remote Learning Remote learning students will be scheduled to have instruction in an online environment. In the Secondary School (grades 7-12) in a remote setting, students will run on a regular secondary school schedule. When online, we will make some classes a few minutes less so students and teachers can transition to the next online class. In the elementary (grades pre-k – 6) students will start the day online with their teacher and have built in breaks that are more age appropriate. Positive action will be used weekly (our social emotional training) and teachers, service providers, and LTA’s will be in contact with all students that have these services to make sure students are getting their required services.
Good Afternoon. There have been a number of questions that have to do with protocols involving COVID-19. Next Wednesday, the 26th of August, the Schoharie County School Nurses will be meeting with the Schoharie County Department of Health and we will pass on what we learn.
Thank you to all the staff, students, families, and community members who participated in our 4 meetings to discuss our opening and share additional information. We will continue to provide updates and answers to questions as they become available.
Please use this updated link to review our Re-Opening Plan. We apologize for the technical difficulty. https://5il.co/jqfl
Community Meeting on August 18, 2020 at 1 p.m. - please use the zoom link below: https://bit.ly/3azewJ1
Community Meetings. Good afternoon, at tomorrows Board of Education meeting we will be discussing the Governors directives from last Friday. We will then schedule our community meetings that will allow parents and community members to ask question, share ideas, and express concerns. One meeting will happen this week for sure and the balance will need to be completed by next Friday. In addition, a meeting with all staff will be held for the same purpose. Please share this post and we will put out a robo call as well. Thank you.