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 Dashboard and Reporting | Communicating Positive Cases in our School | 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.
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.
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;
- Pink eye;
- Unknown rash;
- 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.
All schools in New York state, including the Goshen Central School District, are required to submit a daily report to the state of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 linked to a school. The COVID-19 Report Card is available to the public on the New York State Department of Health website and includes daily case statistics from schools throughout the state.
Goshen is required to report not only confirmed positive COVID cases connected to the school, but also any instance where someone (such as a student or employee) has shown symptoms of the coronavirus for at least 48 hours, but has not been tested or has not received a conclusive alternative diagnosis within that time. In such instances, the district must proceed as if that individual is positive, and report it as a positive case to local and state authorities.
In addition, the state dashboard includes a number that is an estimate of “Lab Reported Positives based on Residential Address” as part of its school COVID Report Card. This estimate may differ from the number of cases that are directly related to the school district, and may include students who reside within the district, but do not attend Goshen Central School District schools. Individual school data on the dashboard is listed separately below this estimated number.
This data will be publicly available via an online COVID-19 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 procedure for how the district will communicate positive cases of COVID-19 within our school district:
- The district will notify parents/guardians and employees about the positive case via the district website and an email notification via the School Messenger system.
- The notification will only indicate the school or building connected to the positive individual. This is in accordance with what is shared via the state’s COVID-19 Report Card.
- District officials will not issue any COVID-19 notifications until we have received confirmation from the department of health.
It is important to note the following:
- Privacy laws prohibit the district from disclosing personally identifiable information about the individual who tested positive.
- In the event of a confirmed case, the district will work closely with the Orange County Department of Health to identify who is at risk for potential exposure so that they can contact those individuals and guide them through next steps, such as testing or quarantine. The department of health will contact those determined to be at risk via telephone.
- The process for closing school and/or classrooms will be dependent upon many variables such as the nature and size of the outbreak, as well as the number of positive cases. The district will work closely with the local health department to determine if a school closure is warranted.
In the event that a school closure is warranted, the district will follow this progression:
- On the first day of a closure, students will be encouraged to catch up on pre-assigned work at home. Remote sessions will not be required.
- If the closure extends to a second day, teachers will contact every student and their families to outline their plans and expectations should they need to switch to a remote learning model.
- If the closure extends past three or more days, students will switch to a remote learning model. Teachers will hold classes and work with students and their families to troubleshoot and make accommodations as needed.
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.