Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information & Resources - Updated: March 31
Please check back on this page regularly. We are centralizing all Lansingburgh Central School District novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) updates and resources here.
Below you can find information about district-provided meals for students, student learning activities, local community resources and more.
We are continuing to communicate regularly with and follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Columbia County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.
The health and safety of our students & staff remain our highest priority and we are taking proactive measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community and others.
(March 27, 2020) Earlier today, Governor Cuomo extended New York State school closures for two more weeks.
This now means classes are canceled until Wednesday, April 15, which falls in the middle of our scheduled Spring Recess.
We are working on getting further clarification about how this impacts Spring Recess and will notify families once we have more information.
Student Learning Activities and Resources
Chromebooks for Student Distance Learning During Cancelations
(March 15, 2020) On March 21, Dr. Abitabile emailed information to all Lansingburgh parents/guardians letting them know the district is purchasing Google Chromebooks for every high school student & middle school student and one for every elementary school family. All Lansingburgh teachers are finalizing distance learning plans for our students utilizing this technology.
Keeping with New York State's recent mandate regarding continuity of instruction while classes are canceled due to COVID-19, we believe access to this technology provides an essential opportunity for Lansingburgh students to continue learning.
Similar to textbooks, the Chromebooks are district property but students and families will sign them out and return them at the end of the school year.
If you took the recent Chromebook Needs Survey helping us assess individual student and family needs for a device, we will contact you directly with detailed pick-up instructions. Please take it if you have not yet.
- Chromebooks already in the district are being distributed on March 26 to Lansingburgh High School and Knickerbacker Middle School students who indicated their need for a device.
- Elementary school families who indicated the need for a device will be contacted about picking up theirs approximately a week after the above date. We are awaiting an upcoming delivery of more devices before contacting elementary families.
Distribution pick-up plans for the Chromebooks will follow strict social distancing guidelines which will be outlined when contacted about picking up your device.
Online and Offline Activities & Resources
We are committed to providing educational resources for our students during this time. We understand you cannot replicate the school day for your child, but hopefully, these educational materials will help during this extended leave from our classes.
View the full page of online student learning activities and resources below:
Superintendent Update Letters from Dr. Abitabile
Food Services During Class Cancelations
Free breakfast and lunch are available to all students each weekday while Lansingburgh classes are canceled. Meals are available for pick up at two locations starting Wednesday, March 18.
Pick up times at both locations are 11:30 AM–12:30 PM. Lunch and the following day’s breakfast will be provided at pick up each day. We suggest you bring a bag to easily carry meals home.
Garb and Go Meal Pick up Locations & Menus
- Turnpike Elementary School - Go to the side door of the building where buses drop off students (not the front door)
- Lansingburgh High School - Go to cafeteria doors at the back of the school
- Click to see meal menus for March 30-April 3 (menus subject to change)
Parents/guardians do not need to bring their children with them. In fact, fewer attendees per family are better in the effort to maintain social distancing. We ask you to please wait in your car or stand away from the pick-up points until it is your turn for meal pick-up. Only one parent or family at a time should come to the door when picking up meals from the designated locations at each school.
If your child has any dietary restrictions please email Kevin Darrigo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-233-6829.
If your child attends a childcare center within the boundaries of the Lansingburgh School District that participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), those children are also eligible for meals provided by the school district.
District Building and Grounds Access
Only a limited amount of food service and maintenance staff will have any access to district buildings or facilities after Tuesday, March 17.
This includes all schools, athletic facilities & fields (track included) and playgrounds - no one else is permitted in the school buildings or on the grounds after this date until further notice.
Childcare for Essential Emergency Workforce Personnel
Pursuant to New York State Executive Order 202.4, school districts must establish a plan for child care, with an emphasis on serving children of essential workforce personnel critical to the COVID-19 response effort. See below for examples of work fields that meet these criteria and more information:
We ask that you please only reach out to the contacts above if you meet the workforce criteria. Given the nature of COVID-19 (a disease easily spread by sustained close proximity with others) and New York State’s recommendation that all citizens practice social distancing when possible, these are meant to be child care options for district parents/guardians working in these crucial fields who have no other options.
Staff & Parent/Caregiver COVID-19 Resources
(Updated: March 31, 2020) View our Staff and Parent/Caregiver Resource page below for general information about COVID-19 and other wellness information.
Some of these are more tailored to Lansingburgh staff (ex. health insurance information) but some are also useful for parents/caregivers as well (ex. general COVID-19 information, talking about difficult topics etc.).
Community & State Resources
We encourage Lansingburgh families to refer to our Community Resource Guide throughout this time, which will be updated periodically. You can find the link to the full page below as well as a short list of local resources tailored to the COVID-19 situation.
Rensselaer County Emergency Contacts
A quick, helpful one-page form of Rensselaer County emergency contacts is available here.
New York State Mental Health Hotline
Over 6,000 mental health professionals have volunteered their time for the New York State COVID-19 outbreak. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider during this time, please reach out to NYS Mental Health Hotline at 1-844-863-9314.
Below is a number to locate food pantries in the Capital District that are closest to your location in the event of long term school and work closures. This number is to limit the need to go out and search for food pantries that are open, due to the fact that some food pantries are closing because of low staffing and lack of supplies.
Food Pantries of the Capital District: (518) 458-1167
Charter Communications (Spectrum) says that as part of the effort to help people deal with impacts of coronavirus, it will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps.
To enroll you can call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Capital Roots Veggie Mobile
The Veggie Mobile operates year-round, five days a week. Homegrown produce available at wholesale cost, accepting cash, food stamps and Veggie Rx coupons.
Head here for a printable Veggie Mobile® schedule or try our virtual map below to find a stop near you!
- Wednesday: 2:30-3:15 PM - Lansingburgh Apts, 41 114th St.
- Thursday: 11:00-11:30 AM - Edward A. Kane Apts, 115th St & 2nd Ave.