Please note the following information and procedures for the 2020-21 school year in response to COVID-19. Check back often — this page will be updated throughout the school year.
Masks | Health Checks and Screening | School Schedules | School Meals | Childcare & YMCA Program | COVID-19 Cases and Reporting | School Building Open/Close Criteria | Building and Department Procedures | Pupil Personnel Services (PPS)
Students, staff and visitors are expected to wear appropriate face coverings inside and outside, including on the school bus. The schools will have masks on hand to provide to those who are in need of one. Students will be allowed to remove face coverings during meals and for short breaks so long as they maintain appropriate social distance. Students who are unable to medically tolerate a face covering will not be required to wear one. View the Order from the OCDOH Commissioner about Face Covering Requirements in all Orange County Schools
Students, employees and visitors will be screened for temperature at arrival. Before arriving to school or sending your child on the school bus, all students, employees and visitors are required to submit the district’s COVID-19 Screening Attestation. The link to this brief online questionnaire can be found at the top of each page on the Goshen website as a both hyperlink and QR code that you can scan with your smart phone. You may also choose to print out the QR code and hang it somewhere in your home so that it is easy visible, such as on the refrigerator. Print the COVID-19 Screening Attestation QR Code.
Please note that if an employee, visitor or students has any of the following, they should stay home from school:
- Fever or chills (100°F or greater);
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
- Muscle or body aches;
- New loss of taste or smell;
- Sore throat;
- Congestion or runny nose;
- Nausea or vomiting; and/or
All students in grades K-12 will participate in either a hybrid learning model (two days in school per week and 3 days at home per week) or a fully remote learning model (5 days at home per week). The district has provided an overview of what hybrid/remote instruction will be like for students in grades K-12. View the hybrid/remote instruction overview.
All students will receive academic instruction, whether asynchronous or synchronous, five days each week (with the exception of school holidays, etc.) On Wednesdays, all students will receive half-day remote instruction in the morning, with afternoons open for extra help, parent/teacher conferences, etc.
School reopened Sept. 8 with remote learning for all students. The Hybrid Learning model will be slowly phased in beginning the week of Sept. 21. View the district’s six week reopening plan.
Bell Schedules 6-12
As per a recent announcement from the USDA, all Goshen students will receive free meals until Dec. 31, 2020. Parents do not need to deposit money into MySchoolBucks or send in money to pay for meals.
School meals will be available to all students, including those attending school in-person and those learning remotely. Breakfast and lunches will be served in the classroom while maintaining social distancing via rolling carts, and students will eat at their desks. Students may also bring lunches from home. Your child’s classroom may have restrictions due to allergies, such as peanut butter. We will work closely with our families to address any allergies in specific classrooms.
Remote learners are also eligible to receive school meals. View more information about meals for remote students.
The Food Services Department will continue to follow all New York State and Federal regulations. There will be no sharing of food permitted.
There are a number of reputable childcare providers that may have availability if families are in need. View the list of local childcare providers.
YMCA of Middletown will host its Club Kid before- and after-school program at Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School and Goshen Intermediate School. Club Kid will begin the week of Oct. 6. Financial assistance may be available. For information, contact Susan Fortes at 845-395-1022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an executive order, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that as of Tuesday, Sept. 8, New York school districts are required to provide the state department of health daily data on the number of positive infections among students, teachers, school employees or volunteers in each school, along with other data. This data will be publicly available via an online dashboard.
Contact tracing and quarantine orders will be directed by the local health department. The district will participate fully in all contact tracing efforts so that families can be notified of any possible exposure to COVID-19, and direct families of the necessary steps (testing, quarantine, etc.) Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations.
Please note the following:
- If a child tests positive for COVID-19: all students in that class must quarantine for 14 days. The Orange County Department of Health will be notified.
- If a child shows symptoms of COVID-19: there is no quarantine unless there is a positive test result.
Over the summer, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools in New York State would reopen and close its buildings by region based on the following criteria:
- Open: Schools can open in a region in phase 4 where there is an infection rate at or below 5% (14-day average)
- Close: Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9% (7-day average)
If the district is forced to close its buildings, we are fully prepared to enter a full remote model for all students.
The school principals worked with English Teacher Jim Quinlan to produce videos explaining new procedures while attending school in-person.
Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School
Goshen Intermediate School
C. J. Hooker Middle School
Goshen High School
Visit the Pupil Personnel Services newsletter for classroom information, new protocols, contact information and other important updates as we begin the 2020-21 school year. Be sure to check back often as new information is added.