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The Goshen Central School District is working to create a reentry plan for the fall with available guidance from public health and education agencies. Pertinent information will be shared here.
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COVID-19 resources, information and updates / COVID-19 recursos, información y actualizaciones

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As per Governor Cuomo’s executive order, schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year. 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.

Online learning information and resources

Effective Wednesday, April 15, the district will begin implementation of an education plan for K-12 students using online instruction. If alternative means of access to materials is necessary, please reach out to your building administrator(s). The remote learning plan directly correlates to New York State Learning Standards and local grade level expectations. View the online learning information and resources page.

Students are reminded to please check their email each day.

Provisions for special education during the COVID-19 closure

The Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) department has been working closely with central administration to develop a remote learning plan to meet the needs of our students to the extent practical under the circumstances. View a letter from the director of pupil personnel services.

View the PPS Classroom Resources and Information page. This page has been created to provide information and resources to you during our district closing. You will find activities & lessons to help your child while he or she is home from school. At the bottom of this page you will find resources specific to parents.

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 April 15-May 1. For complete information, please view a letter from the Director of Pupil Personnel Services.

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.

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.

No cost childcare available for qualified families

(Updated 4/24)

Attention Goshen families seeking child care assistance during the extended school closure: New York State is using a portion of federal funds to provide child care to qualified families at no cost.

New York State is using a portion of the federal “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” (CARES) Act funds to provide child care to eligible workers at no cost.

The $2 trillion CARES Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27 to help protect the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

Essential workers who must work outside of the home and are using a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available. All licensed and regulated providers who are caring for essential workers are able to participate in this new program.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, families must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four that equals an annual income of $78,600.

Interested parents are asked to complete the following application for the CARES Child Care Scholarship via the link below.  Thank you.

CARES Child Care Scholarship

Orange County contact:

Child Care Council of Orange County, Inc.
Linda Martini, executive director
40 Matthews St. Suite 103
Goshen, NY 10924
Telephone:  294-4012
Fax:  294-4045
Email: linda@childcarecounciloc.org
Website: http://www.childcarecounciloc.org

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.

Budget vote and Board elections

New York state school budget votes and board of education elections will be held June 9, 2020, according to an executive order released by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday, May 1, 2020. More details will be shared as soon as we receive definitive guidance.

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. View 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: May 1, 2020

Schools closed for the remainder of the school year

Dear Goshen Schools family,

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his May 1 press briefing that New York state schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The district will continue to provide students with distance learning for the remainder of the academic year, as per the direction of the Governor. Since April 15, our teachers have provided academic instruction and enrichment opportunities to students in accordance with the district’s plan for continuing instruction, and will continue to do so for the remainder of the school year.

The food service department will continue to prepare meals for students and families. Please view the district’s COVID-19 Information and Resources page to learn more about school meal distribution, as well as childcare resources and information for essential workers.

According to the Governor, “We must protect our children, students and educators.” Although we fully agree with this statement, and many of us may have anticipated the extended closure, it is still a sad day for our students, teachers and families. We realize that with this closing, there are many personal disappointments, difficulties and challenges. We also realize that are many questions about end-of-year events and activities; they will be addressed as soon as decisions are made and we have definitive information to share.

We are proud of our Goshen Schools family for its support, strength and continued sense of resilience and community. Together, we are Goshen Strong.

We are awaiting final details from the Governor and will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available via the website and SchoolMessenger email.

Sincerely,
Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent of Schools

Update: April 22, 2020

View a letter from the Board of Education

Dear Goshen family,

We hope this letter finds you and your families safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. The Board of Education would like to thank our families, staff, teachers, administrators, and students for their flexibility and support as we adapt to these challenging circumstances.

We know everyone would like answers about when things can go back to “normal.” Questions about schools reopening, after-school activities, and graduation are just a few of our community’s concerns. Unfortunately, we just don’t have definitive answers at this time.

The Board of Education is in close contact with our administrators as they await word from the New York State Education Department and Governor Cuomo’s office regarding these rapidly changing issues. We will continue to communicate with the district as information is obtained.

We would like to give our students a special acknowledgement; their ability to adapt has been impressive and they should be proud of themselves. We understand that remote learning is new, different, and not the same as in-school learning. We also understand that there are a number of personal disappointments and frustrations due to the closings of schools. We want you to know that our hearts are with you and we are proud of your resilience and strength.

We also would like to thank the Superintendent, the Goshen Teacher Association, and the Goshen Administrators Association for their efforts in our transition to remote learning. Their
dedication has been instrumental during this process.

The Board of Education couldn’t be more proud of how our community has come together during this time of need. It’s truly inspirational to see families, friends, and strangers reaching out to each other. Please remember that our district is here to help in any way that we can.

Strength, resilience, compassion, and kindness are all traits of the members of our community. We will use our strength and resilience to get through the tough days. We will use our kindness and compassion to make our days brighter. By working together, we will make the best of this challenging situation.

Sincerely,
Jason Pucci President
Jeremy Cassel Vice President
Martha Bogart
Judy Green
Michael Lorenzo
Thomas Mullane
Allison Salte

Update: April 17, 2020

School closures extended through May 15 as per Governor Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his April 16 press briefing that New York state will remain “on pause” through May 15 to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

As part of this order, schools throughout the state will remain closed through May 15. The governor could extend the closure again if he feels it is necessary to contain the virus.

Our teachers have been in contact with students and their families to provide instructional materials and will continue to do so throughout this extended closure in accordance with the district’s plan for continuing instruction. The district’s food service department will continue to provide meals for students. Please view the district’s COVID-19 Information and Resources page to learn more about school meal distribution, as well as childcare resources for essential workers.

We appreciate families’ patience and flexibility during this time. We know this is a challenging time for everyone. The district will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available via the website and SchoolMessenger email.

Update: April 8, 2020

School closure extended through April 29, online education plan begins April 15

As you know, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that school closures have been extended through April 29. Although we are eager to have our students back in school, the safety and best interest of our students is always our first priority. We thank you for your continued support.

These past few weeks, remote learning opportunities have focused on academic enrichment and engagement in order for students to maintain skills. Effective Wednesday, April 15, the district will begin implementation of an education plan for K-12 students using online instruction. If alternative means of access to materials is necessary, please reach out to your building administrator(s). The remote learning plan directly correlates to New York State Learning Standards and local grade level expectations.

As we begin online instruction, please note the following changes and important items:

New marking period dates and grading policy

As required by the Governor’s executive order, our faculty will continue to provide enrichment opportunities through April 14, including the period of time originally scheduled as spring break.

During this time, some teachers may allow students to make up assignments they may have missed, resubmit assignments for additional credit, and seek guidance about concepts previously taught. This is an important opportunity for you and your child to make sure any work that was due prior to March 13 is submitted. Flexibility will be provided throughout marking period four to ensure that students have had ample opportunity to bolster marking period three grades.

SAS & GIS

Elementary students began trimester three on March 7. Although the remote learning plan will be implemented on April 15, students have already been in trimester three; therefore, students will have an opportunity to resubmit work, if necessary.

Going forward, all student work will be assessed based on the completion and quality of work. Based on this criteria, we are also modifying the third trimester grading system to Pass/Fail for all students K-12. However, it is important to note this may change, depending on when/if school resumes based on guidance from Gov. Cuomo.

For students in grades K-5, the Pass/Fail measure will be utilized. It is imperative that students access their assignments and projects daily and that they are diligent in completing each task assigned. Assignments will be marked as Complete or Incomplete by the classroom teacher.  Although students will not receive grades, feedback will be provided, where appropriate. The feedback provided will be prompt and meaningful. Teachers will utilize the comments area of the report card to provide a narrative regarding student performance. All factors will be used for determining placements and promotion for the 2020-21 school year.

More details will be provided by your child’s teachers and/or principal.

CJH & GHS

Marking Period 3 officially ended Friday, March 13, which was the last day of school before the extended school closure began. Students may have an opportunity to submit past-due work for Marking Period 3 through Tuesday, April 14. Again, flexibility will be provided throughout marking period four to ensure that students have had ample opportunity to bolster marking period three grades.

Marking Period 4 will begin on Wednesday, April 15. This quarter will include new instructional material. We understand that there may be unique issues with distance learning; therefore, teachers have prioritized the most necessary and critical areas of their curriculum. Teachers will utilize this prioritized curriculum map to provide instruction that will allow students to achieve grade level and content area standards.

Going forward, student work will be assessed based on the completion and quality of work. Based on this criteria, we are also modifying our Fourth Marking Period grading system to Pass/Fail for all students K-12. However, it is important to note this may change, depending on when/if school resumes based on guidance from Gov. Cuomo.

For students in grades 6-12, final averages will be primarily calculated using Marking Periods 1, 2, and 3. Effort and completion of assignments in Marking Period 4 may be taken into consideration for final averages as well, depending on your child’s school. The June 2020 administration of the New York State Regents Examinations has been cancelled for students in grades eight through twelve.  Therefore they will not be a part of the final average calculation.  All factors will be used for determining placements and promotion for the 2020-21 school year.

More details will be provided by your child’s teachers and/or principal.

Student expectations

Students are expected to participate in instruction, complete assignments and communicate regularly with their teachers. Students should assume the seriousness and expectations of distance learning to be equal to what takes place in classrooms. We fully understand that it may not be possible to duplicate the normal classroom environment while utilizing remote learning.

Students are prohibited from taking screenshots or pictures of their teacher or fellow students. In addition, students are also prohibited from taking any audio or video recordings. These behaviors violate our policies and could result in disciplinary action. Students are reminded to follow the Goshen Central School District Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use Policies.

Parents/guardian expectations

It is expected that students will be provided a private setting during online instruction or related services. Recording of teachers or other students is prohibited. Additionally, it’s further understood that no party shall be permitted to record their sessions, and that any such recording will be considered a violation of Board of Education policies. In addition, any incidental and/or unintentional viewing/hearing will be kept confidential.

Depending upon grade level, it’s reasonable to expect weekly instruction time and assignments for all subjects will largely match with what is grade level, course specific and age appropriate. Specific expectations will be communicated by the buildings and/or individual teachers. We encourage our parents and guardians to continue to support your children as they embark on this new and unfamiliar way of learning.

Contact information

Parents must make sure their parent/guardian phone numbers and email addresses are accurate in SchoolTool/Parent Portal. If you need to update this information, please contact your building principal. Any necessary contact information changes will be made as soon as possible.

Technology Support

If you do not have internet access or an electronic device, please contact your child’s principal by telephone or the Central Office at 845-615-6720. Additional information will be provided about technology support via email and will be placed on the district website in the near future.

We encourage our families to continue to check the district website for updates. Our goal is to ensure your child’s academic success during this challenging time. We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility as we await guidance from Gov. Cuomo and the State Education Department. We understand that this may not be a perfect process and we are grateful for everyone’s continued support, understanding and resilience.

Update: April 2, 2020

Enrichment activities to continue, online education may occur

As you are likely aware, on March 27, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order closing schools until at least April 15. During this time, 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.

The remote learning assignments of the past few weeks have focused on academic enrichment and engagement in order to maintain skills. Please continue to encourage and require your children to complete the learning tasks assigned to them.

Students will return to school on April 15 unless we are directed by the Governor to further extend school closure. We will continue to monitor all available guidance and directives and keep you informed.

If schools are directed to remain closed beyond April 15, the district will begin to implement an education plan using online instruction.  We will continue to provide students with Chromebooks, as needed. More details regarding the plan will be shared in the coming days.

We recognize that this is a stressful and challenging situation and that our families are shouldering many personal and professional responsibilities. We are here to support you, and will relay information as soon as we receive definitive guidance from State Education.

Thank you all for your continued patience, understanding and support. We are grateful for your resilience and flexibility as we navigate through these unprecedented times.

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