Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources and Information

The Goshen Central School District is CLOSED until April 15, as per Governor Cuomo’s executive order, because of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 public health situation. View the latest updates and information (in English and Spanish) including remote learning resources, exam information, meal distribution plan and more by visiting the Coronavirus/COVID-19 web page. This page will be updated frequently so please check back often.

View the latest updates about COVID-19/Coronavirus / Ver las ultimas actualizaciones sobre COVID-19/Coronavirus

The Goshen Central School District will use this web page to help share information and resources about COVID-19/Coronavirus.

As with all matters related to public health, we will follow all guidance from the Orange County Health Department (OCHD), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in relation to this evolving situation.

As per Governor Cuomo’s executive order from Friday, March 27, schools will reopen on Wednesday, April 15. Please note that we are closely monitoring the situation at the state and local level and will let you know if that closure needs to be extended.

Remote learning information and resources

Goshen educators are compiling materials and resources to provide meaningful independent learning activities during the district’s extended closure. More resources will be added as they become available, so check back often. View the remote learning information and resources page.

Students are reminder to please check their email each day.

Does your child need to borrow a Chromebook?

Fill out the online Google form to borrow a district Chromebook.

Meal distribution for students

Breakfast and lunch are available for pick up 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Main Street Administration Building, 227 Main Street in Goshen. On Mondays, families will receive breakfast and lunch for both Monday and Tuesday; on Wednesdays, families will receive breakfast and lunch for both Wednesday and Thursday; and on Fridays, families will receive breakfast and lunch for that day.

Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick up during spring recess (April 6-13). On Monday, April 6, students will receive breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday, April 8, students will receive breakfast and lunch for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. There will be no distribution on Friday, April 10 because of the holiday. Meals will also be available on Monday, April 13.

Families who qualify for federal meal programs may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. Additional meals are available if needed. Questions can be directed to Food Services Director Al Muhlnickel at 845-615-6491.

Childcare information for essential health care workers, first responders

Essential health care workers and first responders in need of childcare are invited to utilize the Middletown YMCA Emergency Childcare Services with locations in Middletown, Chester and Florida. More information, including registration and payment forms, can be found here.

If you have questions, please contact YMCA Senior Director Irene Rumsey at 845-956-1493 or irumsey@middletownymca.org.

Additional local childcare options are also available.

Special Education committee meetings

According to the NYS Education Department, The Committee on Special Education (CSE), Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) and the 504 Committees are not required to meet in person while schools are closed. CSE/504/CPSE meetings will be held virtually through Google Meet from 4/14/20 through 5/1/20.  For complete information, please view a letter from the Director of Pupil Personnel Services regarding.

Budget vote and Board elections

New York state school budget votes and board of education elections will be delayed until at least June 1, 2020, according to an executive order released by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday, March 30, 2020.

Communication practices during the COVID-19 crisis

All time-sensitive and critical information will be shared with families and employees via our SchoolMessenger alert system, which can send texts, e-mails and phone calls. News will also be posted to the district website and sent via push notification on the district app.

Music Festival information

Due to the COVID-19 public health pandemic, OCMEA All-County Festivals and NYSSMA Festivals are cancelled for the remainder of the year.

Grades 3-8 state assessment information

The New York State Board of Regents and state Education Department announced Friday, March 20, that the elementary- and intermediate-level state assessments for Grades 3-8 have been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This suspension applies to the following New York state testing programs:

  • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
  • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
  • New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
  • New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
  • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and
  • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.

AP Exam information

The College Board, which administers Advanced Placement (AP) exams nationwide, has announced that it will conduct online exams for the 2019-20 school year. The exam content will only cover material taught through early March.

This will ensure that students currently enrolled in an AP course and who pass the course will still receive college credit.

The AP tests will be administered as 45-minute online free-response exams at home. Students will be able to take the streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet or smartphone, according to The College Board. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.

Beginning Wednesday, March 25, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes are:

  • Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
  • Will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course.

Students in need of mobile tools or connectivity can contact The College Board.

View additional info and course-specific exam information.

COVID-19 information and resources

View the best sources for information and resources about the COVID-19 outbreak including how to keep yourself healthy. COVID-19 information and resources

Individual updates from the Superintendent

View each update pertaining to the COVID-19 public health crisis since it began.

Update: March 31, 2020

Budget vote, Board elections postponed

New York state school budget votes and board of education elections will be delayed until at least June 1, 2020, according to an executive order released by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday, March 30, 2020. View the executive order here.

The order specifically says, “Any school board, library board, or village election scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 is hereby postponed until at least June 1, 2020, and subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections.”

This change will also impact school districts’ regular notification practices and timelines for sharing information about the vote and election. We will share more information with the community as it becomes available.

Update: March 27, 2020

Governor’s school closure order extended to April 15

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today, March 27, that schools in New York state will remain closed until April 15.

Goshen students and staff were to return to school the day prior on Tuesday, April 14, after the conclusion of spring break; they will now return on Wednesday, April 15, as per the executive order. We are closely monitoring the situation at the state and local level and will let you know if that closure needs to be extended.

Sporting practices and events, rehearsals, shows, school events, activities and after-school programs will also continue to be canceled during this time. We will continue providing meals to families during spring recess. Please view the details of our food distribution plan.

Child care for essential workers and first responders is available through the YMCA as well as other daycare providers. Please click here for more information about the YMCA Emergency Childcare Program.

During this time, we will continue to follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Education (NYSED) and our local county health department.

Specifically, school leaders continue to closely monitor guidance from NYSED about how these circumstances will impact the school calendar for the remainder of the academic year, including Regents examinations and graduation. We will share more information as soon as it is available.

At-home learning:

Our teachers have been working to stay in contact with students and their families to provide instructional materials. Parents and students can view more information about remote learning here.

It is important to note, as per the Governor’s executive order, schools are required to provide continuity of instruction, meals for students and childcare resources every weekday, including days originally part of the previously scheduled spring break.

Thank you for your continued patience and support. We will provide you with more information as it becomes available and continue to communicate with families via email, phone calls and our website.

Sincerely,
Daniel Connor
Superintendent of Schools

Update: March 23, 2020

View a message from the Superintendent about schools reopening

Dear members of the Goshen Schools community,

​​​​​​​Although it’s only the second full week of our district’s extended closure, it certainly feels as though schools have been closed for much longer. At this time, I’d like to address the question I know we are all wondering: When will schools reopen?

The short answer: I simply do not know. At this time, our students are scheduled to return to school on Tuesday, April 14, after the conclusion of spring recess; however, as with all things related to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this can change at any moment. We are waiting for guidance from the Governor, who will ultimately decide when it is safe for all New York state students to return to school. Like you, we are taking things day by day.

I realize there is much speculation and rumors circling this issue, and that can be worrisome and overwhelming for our families and employees. District officials are committed to working with you through these issues and to communicate with our school community as soon as we receive definitive information from the Governor’s office.

Please know this – we miss our students tremendously. We miss our busy hallways, athletic fields and cafeterias. We miss seeing kids running in the playgrounds and waving from their buses. We can’t wait to get back to business as usual, but for now, we ask that our families stay positive and more importantly, stay healthy.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact me at daniel.connor@gcsny.org.

Update: March 23, 2020

AP Exams to be conducted online

The College Board, which administers Advanced Placement (AP) exams nationwide, has announced that it will conduct online exams for the 2019-20 school year. The exam content will only cover material taught through early March.

This will ensure that students currently enrolled in an AP course and who pass the course will still receive college credit.

The AP tests will be administered as 45-minute online free-response exams at home. Students will be able to take the streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet or smartphone, according to The College Board. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.

Beginning Wednesday, March 25, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes are:

  • Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
  • Will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course.

Students in need of mobile tools or connectivity can contact The College Board.

View additional info and course-specific exam information.

Update: March 21, 2020

View a letter from the Superintendent about online learning resources

Dear Goshen families,

I would like to take a moment to thank you all for your patience and resilience during this challenging time. We are continuing to diligently monitor the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds, and to closely follow the guidance provided from the New York State Education Department, public health departments and government officials. Many questions remain unanswered; however, we will continue to communicate factual information to our community members as soon as it is made available.

Goshen educators have been working diligently to create learning materials and resources for students so that they may practice skills, review content and explore topics during the extended school closure. This will require parent guidance, self-direction and some creative thinking. The goal is to minimize regression and keep students sharp for their return to school.

We recognize that we cannot truly replicate the instruction that happens in our classrooms; therefore, these materials should be viewed as enrichment materials. Please note that all deadlines and due dates have been put on hold until further notice. This will be the standard for all of our schools.

Teachers are working hard to provide these learning opportunities and resources and have purposely selected tools that are frequently used in the classroom. If you have questions, teachers will be checking their emails on a regular basis and will respond to inquiries in a timely fashion.

Please keep in mind that these procedures are subject to change as we await guidance and clarification from education and government officials. We must all remain flexible as we navigate this ever changing situation.

We will all work together to do our best for our students as we continue to navigate these circumstances day by day. Please enjoy your families, be safe and stay healthy.

Sincerely,
Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent of Schools

Update March 21, 2020

NYS assessments for grades 3-8 suspended for remainder of school year

The New York State Board of Regents and state Education Department announced Friday, March 20, that the elementary- and intermediate-level state assessments for Grades 3-8 have been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

“It is most important that during the time of closure, schools are able to continue to focus their efforts toward local school and community needs, as they have been doing, and not be concerned about state assessments. NYSED has applied for federal waivers for testing, accountability and reporting requirements,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that states may cancel any scheduled standardized tests for this school year.

This suspension applies to the following New York state testing programs:

  • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
  • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
  • New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
  • New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
  • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and
  • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.

The state has not issued any guidance on end-of-June Regents exams and The College Board’s Advanced Placement exams.

Update: March 20, 2020

Updated information about meal distributions

In a greater attempt to practice social distancing, breakfast and lunch distributions will be reduced to three days per week for Goshen families, beginning Monday, March 23. Please note that families will still receive five days worth of breakfast and lunch items — or 10 meals total per student — during these distribution days.

“Although the number of distribution days are reduced, the amount of food received will remain the same,” said Food Services Director Al Muhlnickel. “We’re simply trying to ensure the safety of our families and employees.”

Public health officials recommend social distancing, or avoiding close contact with others, to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. District officials decided to reduce the number of food distribution days in an attempt to limit physical interaction between employees and community members during this public health crisis.

Food will be available for pick up from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, beginning Monday, March 23, at the Main Street Administration Building, 227 Main Street in Goshen.  On Mondays, families will receive breakfast and lunch for both Monday and Tuesday; on Wednesdays, families will receive breakfast and lunch for both Wednesday and Thursday; and on Fridays, families will receive breakfast and lunch for that day.

Families who qualify for federal meal programs may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. Additional meals are available if needed. Questions can be directed to Food Services Director Al Muhlnickel at 845-615-6491.

Update: March 19, 2020

Survey for essential healthcare works, first responders / childcare information

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 202.4, school districts in New York state are required to establish and submit plans for the care of children of essential health care workers and first responders.

Essential health care workers may include licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel. First responders may include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers and firefighters.

An email was sent to families on March 19 to survey essential healthcare workers or first responders in need of child care during the COVID-19 crisis. The survey is closed at 9 a.m. March 20. The following childcare centers are available to help families:

On My Way Early Learning and Childcare Center
12 Riverside Drive
Middletown, New York 10941
Phone: 845-692-5437
Email: info@onmywaychildcare.com
Visit the On My Way Childcare website

Child Care Council of Orange County
Referral service available to approved Day Care Centers with programs throughout Orange County.
Phone: 845-294-4012
Visit the Childcare Council of Orange County website

Healthy Kids Programs
Emergency Day Care Center set up in New Windsor for ages 4-12. May set up local programs if needed.
Phone: Melissa 845-249-2632
Union Avenue Community Fitness Center
565 Union Avenue
New Windsor, NY

YMCA
Local sites are being created within the county.
Sites set up in Wallkill, Port Jervis and at the Y Liberty Street Location in Middletown. Other sites may become available.
Phone: Irene Rumsey 914-443-1976

Children’s Safe Stay
Slots for children ages 6 weeks-13 years.
Phone: 845-858-4923
2 Corso Road
Sparrowbush, NY
Visit the Children’s Safe Stay website

English Rose Day School
16 Weathervane Drive
Washingtonville, NY 10992
Phone: 845-496-4455
Cell: 914-486-0600
View the English Rose Day School website

Update: March 17, 2020

Schools open to retrieve essential items

On Wednesday, March 18, the district will open to employees and students so that they may retrieve necessary items. Buildings will open at the following times:

  • Faculty and staff: 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Students/parents: 12-1:30 p.m.

For GHS and CJH: Everyone is to enter and exit through the front doors. Please do not linger. We ask that students visit their lockers, gather necessary items and depart the building as quickly as possible. Buildings will remain closed until schools reopen on Tuesday, April 14. This will allow our custodial team time to conduct a thorough cleaning.

For SAS and GIS: On Wednesday, March 18, families are invited to retrieve necessary items from our school buildings from 12-1:30 p.m. For the safety and well-being of our students, families, and staff, GIS and SAS families who need items from the buildings are asked to adhere to the following procedure.

Complete the appropriate Google Form below to notify us of the items you require.

Upon arriving at the building, proceed to the greeter station. Only one person will be allowed into the station at a time. All others must wait outside the building doors. Items will be signed out at the window and passed off to you.

We ask that you limit your requests to only items required. To expedite the retrieval of items, please do not request items such as pencils, binders, textbooks, etc.

For the safety and wellness of everyone, we kindly ask that you leave your child at home and limit pickup to one adult per family on school grounds.

GIS Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSetIbRjhQ-BYCbWef_9-f4kUv5r7W4yL36YhSbQqstCbLMFkg/viewform

SAS Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGbRYD-awjSKnjPbZJx8Iz33QjGrGOGu6ewAIN5z7lb7aoGg/viewform

Update March 13, 2020

Meals to be provided during longterm school closure

In order to support our students who qualify for federal meal programs, the Goshen Central School District Food Services Department will provide both breakfast and lunch during the long term school closure due to the COVID-19 virus.

Food will be available for pick up from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, March 16 to Friday, April 3, 2020, at the Main Street Administration Building, 227 Main Street in Goshen.

Families who qualify for federal meal programs may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. Additional meals are available if needed. Questions can be directed to Food Services Director Al Muhlnickel at 845-615-6491.

Update: March 13, 2020

Goshen Schools closed until April 14, 2020

Dear Goshen families,

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus has made the recommendation to close all school districts in Orange County from March 16 to March 27, 2020, as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Given that this is a rapidly evolving public health issue, district officials have decided to extend this closure for a third week, leading up to Spring Recess. Therefore, students will return to school on Tuesday, April 14, pending further instruction from local government and/or health officials. This includes all athletics, extra-curricular and after-school activities.

Again, the Goshen Central School District is closed beginning Monday, March 16 and will reopen on Tuesday, April 14.

Educators have been working diligently to prepare meaningful, at-home learning activities for students in order to limit any adverse effects on academics during this closure. Many materials have been finalized and distributed to students. Online learning channels such as Google Classroom will be utilized in some instances. Beginning next week, more information will be provided to families regarding the specifics of accessing digital materials.

We are also working to finalize plans to continue providing school meals to students who are part of our free- and reduced-lunch program; these plans will be forthcoming as well.

We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and follow the guidance of the County Executive, the Orange County Health Department (OCHD), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to provide our community with updates as soon as information is available. We understand that emotions are high and are grateful to our students, employees and families for their patience and adaptability during this challenging time.

Click here for County Executive Neuhaus’ Executive Recommendation

Updates: March 13, 2020

All field trips cancelled until further notice

Consistent with the New York state’s travel guidance for PreK-12 schools, all field trips, domestic and international, are cancelled effective today, Friday, March 13, until further notice.

Once again, please note that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our district and no immediate plans to close our schools.

We want to assure you that we are working to answer all questions and concerns being raised by this rapidly changing situation—addressing those most critical first. These include protocols in the event of a need to close school, and how we can continue to provide learning resources for students.

Use of District facilities by outside groups suspended

In the context of ongoing public health concerns, all use of Goshen school buildings and indoor/outdoor facilities by outside groups will be suspended. This measure is effective today, Friday, March 13, through Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

As you are aware, the situation regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus is rapidly evolving and is subject to change. The school district continues to monitor all guidance from local, state and federal agencies. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Goshen School District.

Thank you for your patience and partnership, and we will continue to keep you informed.

Update: March 12, 2020

Half-day of school for closure preparation

Out of an abundance of caution, district officials have decided that Monday, March 16, will be a half-day of school for all students. This will allow time for educators to prepare in the event of long term school closures caused by the COVID-19 virus.

Goshen educators are discussing options for at-home activities and lessons for students in the event of school closures. We are evaluating our ability to conduct remote instruction while ensuring that we are able to meet the academic needs of our students; information will be forthcoming as decisions are made.

Please note that there are no immediate plans to close our schools and there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our district.

On Monday, March 16, schools will dismiss at the following times:

  • Goshen High School – 10:20 a.m.
  • C. J. Hooker Middle School – 10:35 a.m.
  • Goshen Intermediate School – 11:30 a.m.
  • Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School – 11:45 a.m.

After-school athletics and activities, as well as Evening High School, will be cancelled on Monday as well.

Please know that we are monitoring this situation very closely and are in constant contact with the Orange County Health Department (OCHD), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

We appreciate your support and will share more information as it becomes available via email and the district website. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.

Update: March 11, 2020

Goshen household in voluntary quarantine

We wanted to let you know that as a precautionary measure, members of a household connected to our school district are in a voluntary, self-imposed quarantine due to recent travel outside of Orange County. This household is not confirmed to have COVID-19.

Based on conversations with the Orange County Health Department (OCHD), the family is asymptomatic – meaning they are not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. These individuals are complying with all of the recommendations from local health authorities and we appreciate their decision to quarantine themselves – a selfless act taken out of an abundance of caution and consideration to others.

Our partners at the health department have emphasized that the general risk to the public is low and that while we all need to be vigilant and cautious, it is also important to stay calm and not contribute to any undue panic. At the time this letter was written, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the school district or Orange County.  

As with all matters related to public health, we will follow all guidance from the OCHD, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in relation to this evolving situation.

If you or a family member begin showing respiratory symptoms and suspect it may be COVID-19, please stay home and contact your healthcare provider. If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, we will notify our staff and parents/guardians.

The health and safety of our students and employees is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness. We will continue to monitor this situation and appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Update: March 9, 2020

Governor declares state of emergency

With the recent news of confirmed cases of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, within New York state, district officials are continuing to monitor information from local, state and federal officials. At the time this letter was written, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community.

On Saturday, March 7, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York, which gives the state certain purchasing and hiring abilities during this time. This declaration does not impact any school or district activities at this time. Experts have not recommended that the district cancel or reschedule classes or other school events.

State officials continue to emphasize that the general risk to the public is low and that while we all need to be vigilant and cautious, it is also important to stay calm and not contribute to any undue panic.

Regarding travel and quarantine measures, please know that the New York State Department of Health has made quarantine a mandatory measure for individuals returning to the United States from a known high-risk exposure area. Based on this, any student, student family member or employee who has traveled to a known high-risk exposure area should notify the school principal prior to coming to school, as well as the Orange County Health Department.

For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s web page for coronavirus and travel, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html.

If the district becomes aware that one of our students or staff members is diagnosed with COVID-19, we will notify staff and parents/guardians via phone call, email and via the district website. For now, the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your children continues to be following standard preventive practices for influenza. There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the New York State Department of Health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

It is important to note that exposure to COVID-19 can occur from any person-to-person contact and is not limited to a particular race or ethnicity.

More information about COVID-19 is available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. The state Department of Health also has information available on its website, including a coronavirus hotline: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/. You can call the hotline at 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.

We are preparing to meet the needs of our students and staff in the event the virus affects our community by reinforcing hand washing to staff and students and disinfecting our school buildings several times each day.

We appreciate your support of our district and will share more information as it becomes available via email and the district website.

Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness.

Update: March 2, 2020

District monitoring COVID-19

While the Goshen Central School District does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in our schools, we are aware of concerns in the community about the spread of this relatively new virus.

The district is closely monitoring this fluid situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the Orange County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.

If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, it will immediately notify staff and parents/guardians. If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow our current practices for handling respiratory illnesses, subject to any additional guidance forthcoming.

The district has infectious disease protocols in place and has been taking steps, such as cleaning and disinfecting throughout its schools, to minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses.

There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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.

Families are also encouraged to follow the CDC’s information for travel, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. For more information, consider consulting these additional resources:

COVID-19 information and resources

Orange County Department of Health

New York State Department of Health

New York  State Office of Mental Health

  • NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314

World Health Organization

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Talking to Children about the Coronavirus COVID-19