Please be advised that our telephones are working again.
Phones are currently down at the school. We are not able to receive or make calls. We will send out an update when they are working.
"The Gilboa-Conesville Central School District has been made aware of a staff member who has tested positive for Covid-19. The exposure came while we were on break for Thanksgiving. The staff member has not been in school since the exposure and will return only when cleared medically and cleared by the Schoharie County Department of Health protocols."
To view the BOE meeting: Gilboa-Conesville Central School – Board of Education When: Nov 24, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: BoE Meeting - 11/24/2020 @ 6:30PM Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://E2CCB-GST.zoom.us/j/92182736224?pwd=WE9KdlFKKzdWZVNOS0RhRDAvWTlUUT09 Passcode: 275616 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16465189805,,92182736224# or +16468769923,,92182736224# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 518 9805 or +1 646 876 9923 Webinar ID: 921 8273 6224 International numbers available: https://E2CCB-GST.zoom.us/u/a3yKHvkS9
There will be an emergency board of education meeting November 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be virtual only and will go directly into executive session to discuss personnel matters. A link will be posted to view the public portion of the meeting.
The emergency Board of Education meeting scheduled for tomorrow, November 24, 2020 has been cancelled.
Important updates from the Gilboa-Conesville Central School: Health, Sports, Regents and 3-8 Testing Good Afternoon: With so much information as well as misinformation being circulated, I wanted to give everyone an update on some school-related items. Of course, the one caveat is that all updates are subject to change at any point. If this happens, we will share those updates with you as soon as possible. First, I have been asked about our plans for closure between the Thanksgiving and winter breaks. As of Thursday November 19th, we are not planning to close during this period. We will continue to follow the local COVID infection rates and the directives from the Schoharie County Department of Health, State Ed and the Governor’s Office. The health, safety, and welfare of our students, staff and our community remain our priority. If closure information should change we will notify all stakeholders immediately. We have received other questions about travel during the holiday seasons. What happens if you travel out of state? What happens if people from out of state visit you? The travel document posted with this update is from the Schoharie County Department of Health and answers most of these questions. Always check the Department of Health website for up-to-date information Schoharie County Department of Health. For winter sports this was just released. “Latham, NY – The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has announced the start date for high risk winter sports (basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling) will be moved to January 4, 2021.” Finally, our health office at school has been very busy screening for COVID-19 during the start of cold and flu season. Families and teachers understandably have many questions for the school nurse in regards to contract tracing, quarantining, and when it is safe to return to school. Our health & safety guidelines are updated almost daily. You can call our school health office or consult with your county Department of Health for the latest updates. Please note that some of our health rules are not new; if your child is sick they must stay home. In addition, if you or your child show any of the symptoms of COVID-19 get tested. The signs are: • Fever or chills • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • New loss of taste or smell • Sore throat • Congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea In school we are cleaning and following the social distance and mask rules. We are in a county that has mandated masks at all times in school with the exception of lunch and mask breaks. This order is posted in the main office and online with the other health documents. As you can imagine, additional cleaning and enforcing mask and social distance requirements require constant vigilance by staff as well as students. Our custodial and transportation department have added deep and constant cleaning to their daily routines. Food service has transitioned into our version of Uber Eats as most meals are now delivered. We have limited visitors to our buildings as well as moving parent teacher conferences and special education meetings online. All of our teaching, classroom support personnel, and office staff have adapted well. The health office has become a hub as we continue to support the school through this pandemic. To that end, we are hiring a second staff member to the health office to assist in the added work and responsibilities. We have all heard that NYC Public Schools are now fully remote. We have a few local schools that have gone remote and one that we know of that is planning to go remote for a few days after Thanksgiving. What does this mean for us? It means that we will continue to watch the numbers, coordinate with the Schoharie County Department of Health, follow any new executive order that might come out of the Governor’s office and then rely on our Board of Education and school administration to make and share any decisions. Regents exams in January have been canceled. To date, the NYS 3-8 tests are still scheduled as are the June Regents exams. Both of these are subject to change. As always, we have our health email address where you can send any questions, comments or concerns you may have. That email is email@example.com . Stay safe, stay well. Jack Etter Superintendent Gilboa-Conesville Central School
It is very important that we have the most up to date parent/guardian information for each of our students. Even if you think we have your current address, home number, cell number(s), email(s), emergency contact information, etc. please confirm with us by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
There will be an emergency Board of Education meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24. The meeting will go directly into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.
In case you missed the Virtual Financial Aid presentation last night, you can view the recording here: https://E2CCB-GST.zoom.us/rec/share/PK-QayZRWk8KksUQ-TUnLpJBqgGBli1j-Ey9FP5R2Yeaq4oXlLNkI8A-t_NJhu9c.5axXJmE36SLmkzdq Passcode: z46NPzB$
Please note the updated Holiday Travel Guidance document: https://5il.co/n566 I will continue to update everyone as we are given new information.
Please be advised of the Holiday Travel Guidelines set by the New York State Department of Health. You can find this information with specific scenarios outlined in the Documents section of our school website, click the link below to view the document: https://5il.co/n3so
Here are some great resources for students exploring Alfred State College. · Virtual Overview Recording - https://engage.suny.edu/share/recording?id=52f4c939-b5ab-46a1-8f9d-4bda5d04177d · Virtual Tour – https://www.alfredstate.edu/virtual-tour · Personalized Virtual Viewbook – https://customviewbook.alfredstate.edu/wizard · Visit Opportunities - https://www.alfredstate.edu/admissions/visit-us o Please note our last fall Virtual Open House is Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. · Explore our Majors - https://www.alfredstate.edu/academics/majors o A student can select a major and then select program details to access a printable PDF with a faculty members email address, the course layout for the entire program, and more!
Area All State is a festival where the best students from every zone get together and practice a repertoire of music to perform at a concert the following day. This typically is held at SUNY Oneonta. There is a difficult selection process in order to participate in this event. Unfortunately, this year the event was canceled, but students were still selected to represent their schools. This year Ethan Halat and Ava Gockel were selected for the band, Dawson Ford, Ethan Hallock, and Gage Gockel were selected for the mixed chorus, and Samantha Chapman was selected for the treble chorus. Congratulations!
Good Afternoon, We wanted to make sure we share how we are handling days off during hybrid learning. Tomorrow is Veterans Day, the first holiday we have encountered since beginning this new educational model. Although a holiday and a day off from school, Veterans Day will be counted as part of the in-person/remote learning rotating schedule. Therefore, on Thursday, November 12th and Friday, November 13th, grades 8, 11 and 12 will report to school for in-person learning. Grades 7, 9 and 10 will attend classes remotely. Moving forward, all days off (including holidays, vacation days, Superintendent’s Conference Days and snow days) will be treated as if they were regular school days for the purpose of the hybrid schedule. We also want to thank all of our Veterans for your service to our country. Happy Veteran's Day!!!
We have a new lost and found section on our website. If your child has lost anything, please check here to see if it has been found. We will be posting pictures of items as they are brought to our attention. https://www.gilboa-conesville.k12.ny.us/article/344446?org=gccs
Tonight's Board of Education meeting will start at 6 p.m. The meeting will go directly into Executive Session with the regular meeting beginning after that.
The Board of Education Meeting this evening will begin at 6 p. m. In order to view it online, please click the link below: https://youtu.be/gt0Pbyvrh4E
Just a reminder: There is still time to sign-up! SUNY Cobleskill is hosting a Virtual Open House this Saturday, Nov. 7th from 11:45 am to 4:00 pm The event is free to attend and will provide a live, interactive campus experience to prospective students and their families. Participants can choose from over 30+ academic presentations hosted by SUNY Cobleskill’s award-winning professors, live tours of campus facilities, student Q&A panels, and so much more! A detailed schedule of presentations will be sent to registrants prior to the event.
Attention GCCS Juniors and Seniors: The Guidance Office will be hosting a virtual Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. A representative from the Financial Aid Office at SUNY Cobleskill will explain the process of applying for aid, the types of aid available and will answer questions about filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Please join us for an informative evening. Join Zoom Meeting https://E2CCB-GST.zoom.us/j/97230919872?pwd=RlA0NVI5UVRpcS9nSE95RTA0OFNpQT09 Meeting ID: 972 3091 9872 Passcode: 146640
Keuka College Virtual Instant Admission Weeks Please join us Monday, November 2 - Friday, November 6 or Monday, November 9 - Friday, November 13 for Keuka College's Virtual Instant Admission Weeks! During this event, students will have the opportunity to meet virtually with an admissions counselor to discuss their transcript and receive instant feedback about their eligibility for being accepted to Keuka College. Steps to participate: Click the link: https://apply.keuka.edu/portal/instant_admit 1. Choose the date and time on the November calendar that works best for you. 2. Provide your school counselor's name and contact information on the registration form. 3. We will contact your school counselor prior to your appointment to request your Official High School Transcript. 4. We will provide you with a link to meet virtually with an admissions counselor at your requested date and time. 5. A conditional decision letter will be emailed to you following your appointment. Your admissions counselor will help you navigate next steps for completing the application process so that you can receive an official admissions decision. *Students are not required to complete their application prior to their appointment*
Even though we can’t meet in person, we can still connect! Join us on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 1:00pm for our Fall Open House via Zoom Meet our faculty and learn about career and transfer pathways Learn how graduating from FM, then transferring to a 4 year college, is a smart academic and financial strategy Explore future career opportunities Speak with Financial Aid Counselors about available grants, scholarships and how to apply for financial aid https://www.fmcc.edu/why-fm/go/fall-virtual-open-house/
Here is another link to our Halloween Parade posted on our website. This link may be easier for some to view. https://www.gilboa-conesville.k12.ny.us/article/329289?org=gccs
Happy Halloween GCCS Families!!! Check out our Virtual Halloween Parade!! Thanks again to all of our parents who sent photos in of their child(ren). https://youtu.be/WzlXyyt3mps
Due to technical difficulties, tonight's Board of Education meeting will not be live streamed.
To view the Board of Education meeting this evening please click the link below: https://youtu.be/2OuQGGxKl1E This meeting is being held to discuss updates on the bus garage and moving forward.
Did you know that our lunch menu is now posted on our website? Click the link below and then click on Lunch Menu (center bottom of the page): https://www.gilboa-conesville.k12.ny.us/o/gccs
A Message from the GCCS Library: Dear Families, We are happy to announce that students can take out library books! Students should return their library books by the morning of their library class. If your child wants to request books before their library day by using our school website the information is as follows: Click the link: https://gcopals.oncboces.org/bin/home Click on search then choose either standard or beginner (UPK-3) When you find a book you would like to borrow, click on request Your log-in is your lunch #, you do not need a password. HAPPY READING! We look forward to reading with you, Mrs.Diamond and Mrs.Goodwin
The Gilboa-Conesville Central School would like to thank all of the area first responders and emergency personnel for their timely and professional response to our fire at the school’s bus garage on September 30th 2020. We are incredibly grateful for all that they do. The following is a list of all of the agencies that responded: Conesville Fire Department Prattsville Fire Department Grand Gorge Fire Department and Ambulance Blenheim Fire Department Middleburgh Fire Department Middleburgh Emergency Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Tri-Village Fire Department Oak Hill-Durham Fire Department Conesville Fire Department Auxiliary Conesville Ladies Auxiliary Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services Schoharie County FAST Team Schoharie County Paramedic Schoharie County EMT Schoharie County Fire Coordinator Schoharie County Fire Investigation Team NYS DHSES Office of Fire Prevention and Control Investigations Branch
Good afternoon from Gilboa-Conesville CSD. Please don’t forget to send us pictures of your child(ren) in their Halloween costume(s) as soon as possible so that we can capture the spirit of this Halloween with our Virtual Parade. You should send all pictures with the grade and name to email@example.com. We can’t wait to see all of the kids in costume, thank you so much for participating!!
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY IS HERE!! Lifetouch School Portraits this year will be at Gilboa-Conesville Central School for two days, Tuesday, November 3, and Wednesday, November 4 to take your child(ren)’s picture. Tuesday, November 3 UPK, grades 1, 2, 3, and grades 8, 11, 12 Wednesday, November 4 Grades K, 4, 5, 6, and grades 7, 9, 10 Please help your child look his/her best by making sure he/she dresses appropriately. Select an outfit you both like. For every child photographed (UPK-8th grade) and each package purchased (grades 9-12), the school receives proceeds for The Gilboa Scholarship Fund. This fund helps provide scholarships to graduating Gilboa seniors. Payment must be made at the camera on picture day. Fill in the order envelope (being sent home) selecting background option and package selection(s). Please send exact change or make checks payable to: LIFETOUCH (Photographer cannot make change at camera). All students UPK-12 (yes, seniors too!) will be photographed. Even if you choose not to purchase pictures from Lifetouch School Portraits, your child(ren)’s picture will be taken that day for yearbook purposes. Every child photographed will be provided with an identification card. To receive a picture order form, please contact Mrs. Merwin in the lower office at (607) 588-7541. Please do not hesitate to contact the school with any questions. BE READY TO PUT YOUR SMILE ON!!!!
Coats for Kids Sponsored by The Joshua Project of Schoharie County St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Middleburgh Location: St. Mark's Lutheran Church 326 Main St., Middleburgh NY Day/Time: Saturday October 24 9am to 1pm Tuesday October 27 5pm to 7pm Saturday October 31 9am to 1pm All COVID regulations will be adhered to. Everyone entering MUST wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and practice Social Distancing. All visitors will be asked standard Health Questions and must sign in. You MUST provide proof of Schoharie County Residency. A NYS Driver's License or Electric Bill are 2 of the acceptable types of proof of residency. Coats are limited to those on hand. Donations of Gently Used coats may be taken to The Laundry Basket, 158 Campus Drive, Cobleskill NY, and put in the box labeled “Coats for Kids”.
Dear Parents/Guardians, You are invited to be part of our 2020 Virtual Halloween Parade! This year, in lieu of our annual Halloween Parade, we are asking that each parent submit a photo of his or her child(ren) in costume. This photo will be included in a presentation that will be posted on our Gilboa-Conesville Central School web page. All photos must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by this Friday, October 23, 2020. Please include student’s name and grade level. By submitting a photo, you are consenting to its use for the school’s social media page. The final presentation will be released on our school’s web page on Friday, October 30, 2020. Just as a reminder, if your UPK-6 child(ren) are planning on dressing-up for Halloween on October 30, costumes must be brought to the school. Students should not wear their costumes on the bus, full facial masks and costumes with weapons will not be permitted. We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation! Sincerely, Thomas Cervola School Principal
October 16th, 2020 Dear Parent/Guardian, I hope this letter finds you well. NYSED requires a physical exam for new entrants and students in grades Pre-K, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, & 11 and students in CSE. Our physical exams will be on Friday, November 6th given by Christy O'Donnell FNP. If your child has already had an annual physical within the past 12 months, please send in a copy. If you already sent in a copy of your child's physical, please disregard this letter. If you do NOT WANT your child to receive a physical on November 6th, 2020 please send in a written letter by November 2nd, 2020. If you refuse to have your child receive a physical, please schedule an appointment with your own family doctor to keep your child's physical records up to date. If you have any questions, please contact me at 607-588-7541 option 3 or at email@example.com. Thank you, Alissa Cox, RN
Dear Parents/Guardians, Windham Mountain had to make the very difficult decision to cancel Sunset/Night skiing this winter. The latest information will be updated periodically: https://www.windhammountain.com/covid19/. To purchase/reload day tickets including the $199 Local Student Season Pass: https://www.windhammountain.com/ticketspasses/season-passes/winter-2/.
Reminder: The Guidance Office will be having a virtual college visit with Alfred State on Friday, October 16th, 2020 at 11:15 am. To join please click the zoom link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81628492593?pwd=SU43ZkgwWlQrV3JKTnZPbXpMNnVLUT09
Windham Mountain JOB FAIR October 24th 10:00AM – 2:00PM & October 27th 2020 4:00PM – 7:00PM 19 Resort Drive, Windham, NY 12496 Upon arrival follow signs to the Mountain Express Cafeteria MASKS REQUIRED Part Time and Full Time Seasonal Positions Available: Facilities, Food and Beverage, Hospitality, Lift Operations, Maintenance, Parking Attendants, Snowmaking, Snow Sports School and more!! Walk-ins welcome or apply in advance online www.windhammountain.com/careers Call with questions: (518) 734-4300 ext 1346
Please use the link below to view tonight's Board of Education Meeting: https://youtu.be/W0ScvVbJKQc
How do I drop off my child at school? If you drive your child to school you must park in the student parking lot and come through the tunnel with your child. All students entering the building on time will come in through the main gym entrance as this is where they will enter and pick up their breakfast. If your child is late they will enter through the main doors.
Please note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions students with driving privileges will not be allowed to leave the building and return during the school day. The only exception is if a junior or senior has driving permission and a study hall 9th period they may leave then.
This link may be easier to access: GCCS Reopening Plan Update: https://www.gilboa-conesville.k12.ny.us/article/280872?org=gccs
Good Afternoon, We are all excited to see our students return to the school building tomorrow, October 13th. There are now a number of new procedures in place that were developed to help our students and staff remain safe. Students schedule updates • Elementary School (Pre-K – 6) will take place in person 5 days a week. • The High School (7-12) will be in divided into two groups. Group 1 is 7th, 9th & 10th grades and Group 2 is 8th, 11th & 12th grades. Each group will come into school for 2 days and the following 2 school days will be remote instruction. This week, Group 1 attends school in-person Tuesday and Wednesday and will have remote instruction on Thursday and Friday. Group 2 will have remote instruction Tuesday and Wednesday, attend school in-person Thursday and Friday, and will again have remote instruction the following Monday and Tuesday. The pattern continues like this. • Our kindergarten class will be in the cafeteria and our 4th grade class will be in the auditorium. • In most cases, specials (i.e., art, music, library) will take place in the classroom. PE will be held in the gym or outside, weather permitting. Masks & Social Distancing & Health Form • Masks must be worn at all times with the only exception being teacher-supervised mask breaks and during lunch. • Social distancing (remaining at least 6’ apart) is expected to be maintained at all times. • All families are required to have turned in a health attestation form prior to Tuesday. If you have not turned this in yet please send it with your child on Tuesday. Any student without a completed form will be subject to a temperature check at the door. • When students get off the bus and come in through the gym doors in the morning, they will pick up a “Grab & Go” breakfast to take to their classrooms. Additional updates • Lunches will be brought to students and they will eat lunch in their classrooms. • Students who are driven to school are asked to be dropped off in the student parking lot. The student will then walk through the tunnel to the gym doors where they will be let in. Young students may be escorted to the door. • Students who are late will have to come in through the main entrance of the school. • As of right now, we have no afterschool sports or afterschool activities such as CROP, Drama Productions or intermural sports. • Even though we have no on-site bus garage, our vehicles will be maintained and our bus routes will run as planned. Please call the main office if you have any questions. • Bus passes will only be allowed in an emergency. Our bus routes are designed to meet current health regulations. The school is following the health and safety guidelines outlined by your County Health Commissioner. We ask that all students, families, staff and community members respect these new rules and understand that they are necessary for school to remain open. As we have more updates or questions come in, we will keep you informed. You may always call the main office or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org ,which is checked daily. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to your children, our students, and to our school community. Sincerely, Jack Etter, Superintendent Tom Cervola, Principal
Our phones are currently not working. We will keep you posted.
Schoology is currently experiencing technical difficulties. We appreciate your patience. Please continue trying to log in to Schoology throughout the day.
Please go to our school website https://www.gilboa-conesville.k12.ny.us/ to print out your copy of our required attestation form. The link is located at the center of the home screen.
Welcome back 2020 GCCS students. One week from today we will be welcoming back our Pre-K through 6 students full time as well as our 7 through 12 students in a hybrid model. Just as a reminder, Tuesday, October 13th, 2020, will be our first day of in-person classes. Students in prekindergarten through sixth grade will be attending in-person classes every day. Middle and high school students will attend in-person classes two days in a row, remote classes over the next two days, then again attend in-person classes for the next two days. The schedule will continue in this manner. There will only be three grades from Middle and High School attending in-person classes each day. Students in grades 7, 9, and 10 will report to school for in person classes on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and Wednesday, October 14, 2020, and will log in to Schoology remotely on Thursday, October 15, 2020, and Friday October 16, 2020. Students in grades 8, 11, and 12 will log in to Schoology remotely on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and Wednesday, October 14, 2020, and will report to school for in-person classes on Thursday, October 15, 2020, and Friday October 16, 2020. All Gilboa-Conesville Central School staff from transportation, custodial, cafeteria, teaching and support staff as well as all administrative staff have been working tirelessly to make our school a safe learning environment. Currently we are working under the Schoharie County Department of Health guidelines who work in conjunction with NYS Department of Health and the CDC. A student health attestation form will be posted later today and is required to be filled out and turned in prior to or when your child returns to school. This form is also being filled out by all faculty and staff. On this form you will attest to the health of your child which will include a daily temperature check as well as answers to CDC guideline questions. Although the form is only required to be turned in monthly you are agreeing to take your child(ren)s temperature daily. We will be transitioning to a daily online COVID health questionnaire within the first six weeks of school. If your child has a fever of over 100° or shows any of the COVID symptoms listed on the attestation form please keep them home and notify our school nurse Mrs. Cox at 607-588-7541 option 3. If your child should arrive without an attestation form their temperature will be taken and we will call home for additional information. Please keep in mind that with our transportation restrictions children will be required to be picked up at one location and dropped off at one location. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions: Breakfast and lunch will be served in the classrooms for all grades. Masks must be worn at all times on the bus and social distancing will be in place. Family members may sit together on the bus. Students will get mask breaks during the day and will be permitted to remove them during lunch. Restrooms will be monitored and sanitized as necessary. Procedures will be shared when students return. Remote learning will only be available to families with medical accommodations which will require documentation and verification. We will continue to disseminate information as it becomes available. Remember if you have any questions to email email@example.com. We will do our best to address your concerns in a timely fashion. We look forward to seeing all of our students next week! Jack Etter Superintendent
Mine Kill State Park is in need of volunteers! We are hosting Haunted Hike programs on October 30th and 31st from 5pm to 10pm and we are currently looking for volunteers to work as either general helpers or to dress up as scarers. Scarers will be kept at a safe distance off trail and everyone attending and participating will be required to wear a mask. We would love to provide any high school students in need of volunteer/service hours an opportunity to support their local state park and give their community some much needed social enrichment and scares! P.S. Volunteers will receive free pizza and candy! Email Katlynn at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up as either a helper or a scarer. One training day will be required. Bring sturdy shoes, water, and a costume if you have one. MASKS AND RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! All ages welcome. No pets please.
Please note that BOCES was originally scheduled to have a full Conference Day on Friday, October 9, 2020. Due to using an extra day at the start of the year, BOCES will have a half-day of in-person instruction on Friday, October 9, 2020. All students will be dismissed at 11:23 AM. A memo is being sent home with students today to inform families of the change.
College Fair for Students with Intellectual Disability Free Virtual Event This Wednesday, October 7, 6-8pm EST The Choice is Yours: Interested in exploring your college options? Join us for a virtual college fair and explore dozens of inclusive college programs from around the country by visiting our online exhibit hall. Wednesday night only: • Visit program booths and chat live with programs through dedicated zoom links. • Download our exhibitor guide. • Enter to win a "Time for College" swag bag just by showing up! Resources will remain available for you to visit throughout the year. Learn more at www.sotaconference.com/college-fair.
Emergency Board of Education meeting will be held tonight, October 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm.
Greetings GCCS families and community members, Just as a reminder, Tuesday, October 13th, 2020, will be our first day of in-person classes. Students in prekindergarten through sixth grade will be attending in-person classes every day. Middle and high school students will attend in-person classes two days in a row, remote classes over the next two days, then again attend in-person classes for the next two days. The schedule will continue in this manner. There will only be three grades from Middle and High School attending in-person classes each day. Students in grades 7, 9, and 10 will report to school for in person classes on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and Wednesday, October 14, 2020, and will log in to Schoology remotely on Thursday, October 15, 2020, and Friday October 16, 2020. Students in grades 8, 11, and 12 will log in to Schoology remotely on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and Wednesday, October 14, 2020, and will report to school for in-person classes on Thursday, October 15, 2020, and Friday October 16, 2020. Schedules for grades 7-12 will be mailed out Monday, October 5th, 2020, if you have not received a copy of your child’s schedule by Friday, October 9, 2020, please contact the Guidance office at 607-588-7541 option 4. Again, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and patience during our remote learning period. We are all looking forward to welcoming our students back into the building.
Food delivery will resume today, Friday October 2nd, 2020.
Gilboa Conesville Central School Press Release: September 30, 2020 The district was notified at approximately 5:40 am this morning of a possible structure fire at the bus garage. First responders were on the scene very shortly thereafter. No one was in the building at the time. Firefighters are still working to clear the building. Until the building is cleared by the fire department, the extent of the damage is unknown. The Gilboa-Conesville Central School District would like to thank all of the first responders for their immediate arrival on to the scene.
At this time food deliveries have been postponed. We will update you when they will be resumed.
As you may have heard there was a structure fire at the bus garage. First responders arrived and we are not currently aware of any injuries. We will keep you updated.
A Message from our School Nurse, Mrs. Cox: Dear Parents/Guardians, I'm looking forward to getting our students back into the classroom. With the new guidelines we have to follow, we are expected to take our children's temperature every morning before they attend school. I have signed our school up to be part of the Kinsa Smart Thermometer Program. This program will provide a free thermometer to every family in our district. There is more information on Kinsa on our GCCS website: https://www.gilboa-conesville.k12.ny.us/o/gccs/page/health-office--57 Please click the link to go to our GCCS Health page where you will find information on how to order, sign up, and work within the Kinsa app. Please note that the thermometers will be sent to the school, after which I will send them home with your child. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me at email@example.com or 607-588-7541 option 3.
Please be advised that currently we are unable to make outgoing or receive incoming phone calls. We will keep you updated when this issue is resolved.
The Gilboa-Conesville Central School is pleased to announce that on October 13th, 2020, we will be bringing back our elementary students in grades UPK through 6, five days a week. In addition, beginning October 13th, 2020, we will be bringing back our middle and high school students in grades 7 through 12, on an every other day rotation (three grades per day) More details for both the elementary and secondary schedules will be released during the week of October 2nd, 2020. We appreciate the patience of all of our families during this difficult period. As well, we would like to recognize all of the hard work done by all GCCS staff as we readied the building for safe student return.
The Guidance Office has scheduled a Virtual Visit with Hartwick College on November 13th, 2020 at 11:15 am. To join the zoom, click the link below: https://hartwick.zoom.us/j/99079805409
Good Morning GCCS Families, This morning, we had our first successful lockdown drill of the year, and our faculty and staff did an excellent job following the GCCS lockdown safety protocol. A lockdown describes security measures taken to protect against potential intruders that may threaten the safety of our students, faculty and staff. School administrators, staff, students, and parents, all have roles and responsibilities to support and implement the lockdown drill protocol to help prevent the risk of harm to anyone in the building should a violent or serious incident occur. We thank all of you for your continued cooperation.
The Guidance Office will be having a virtual college visit with Alfred State on Friday, October 16th, 2020 at 11:15 am. To join please click the zoom link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81628492593?pwd=SU43ZkgwWlQrV3JKTnZPbXpMNnVLUT09
GCCS Alumna Alexa Dumas has published her first article as an English Literature major, with a minor in Journalism currently as a freshman at SUNY Plattsburgh. Congratulations Alexa!! Click the link below to read the article, "Counseling center connects students virtually": http://cardinalpointsonline.com/counseling-center-connects-students-virtually/
We would like to take an opportunity to thank all of our GCCS students, families, teachers and staff for their hard work and commitment thus far with the online learning. We are all working hard to get the building ready for the return of our students. All of you have given true meaning behind the saying, "The Sun always shines in Gilboa!" We are Wildcat strong! Mr. Etter and Mr. Cervola
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.