COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


ABSENTEE BALLOT PROCESS AND CONFIDENTIALITY

Dear members of the Gloversville School District community:
We are writing to reassure voters of the confidential nature of the voting process that the School District will be following this year as the result of an Executive Order of Governor Andrew Cuomo (No. 202.26) issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions have arisen regarding the collection and counting procedure that the School District will be utilizing on the date of the budget vote and election, June 9, 2020. On or before 5:00 p.m. on that date, qualified voters in the School District are to return their completed ballots.

Those ballots will have been placed by the voter in a signed ballot envelope that has been placed in a return mailing envelope. Return mailing envelopes will be opened by the District Clerk and
the sealed ballot envelope will be examined to ensure that it has been signed by the voter, as required by law. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the day of the budget vote and election, ballots will be withdrawn from their signed ballot envelopes and placed, still folded, into a secure receptacle separate from
the signed ballot envelopes. In this way, it will not be possible for ballots to be linked to or associated with the envelopes in which they were returned. After all of the ballots have been separated from their envelopes, election inspectors will remove the anonymous ballots from the secure receptacle and the counting process will begin. The counting will be live streamed.
Please check the district’s Facebook page and the website on Tuesday, June 9 for log in credentials.

The School District takes your privacy very seriously and, by utilizing the system outlined above, we are confident that your vote will remain secure, confidential, and anonymous.

Please do not hesitate to contact Cathy Meher (518) 775-5706 or cmeher@gesdk12.org should you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you.


Free Summer Meals  offered at Gloversville Schools

For the 2020-2021 school year 

Gloversville School Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is as follows:

LOCATIONS:   Boulevard School 56 East Boulevard and 

  High School at: 199 Lincoln Street Gloversville.

DATES AVAILABLE: June 18th to August 31st, 2020

DAYS AVAILABLE:    Monday through Friday

MEAL TIME AVAILABLE: Breakfast & Lunch take out: 9:00 A.M.to 12:30 P.M.

There is no income requirement, and participants do not have to be Gloversville residents.

For questions please contact the GESD Food Service Department at 775-5708.

 Meals will be provided to all children 18 years and under without charge. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Welcome to the G.H.S. virtual art show for 2019-2020.  You will have an opportunity to view the artwork created by Gloversville High School students.

Visit The Following Sites : 

Middle School:
https://gloversvillemiddleschoolart.weebly.com/

Ms. Kristin Kotarski’s classes:
ghsartkotarski.weebly.com

Mr. Jason Harrod’s classes:
ghsharrodart.weebly.com

Mrs. Amy Januska’s class: https://sites.google.com/gesdk12.org/ghsart/home

Boulevard Elementary School:
https://ourremotegallery.weebly.com/

Mrs. B’s Studio Art Virtual Art Show:
https://gloversvilleschoolsart.weebly.com/


Optional free weekend meals are available for pick-up on Fridays only, at listed locations.

Beginning on Friday May 29th, 2020

Thought Exchange Letter

Dear StaffParents/Guardians Community Members

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York school facilities will remain closed for the remainder of the 201920 academic yearThe Governor will make decision about summer school by the end of MayAs we look to the futurewe must think about what return to school buildings might look like and how best to support studentsfamilies and staff.

Click here for full letter


NASP Resource – Engagement and motivation at home

A resource for parents/guardians from the National Association of School Psychologists. This article contains information on student engagement and what parents/guardians can do at home to foster motivation and engagement in children.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


Absentee ballot for GESD budget vote & school board election


Day 1:

What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment – with openness and curiosity.

Mindful Schools Online Class for Kids! Ep.1

* Mindful Breathing * 
Day 2:
 
Episode 2~Mindful Movement
 

Day 3: 

Mindfulness class~Episode 3 today! It’s called Practicing Gratitude!
Episode 3~https://vimeo.com/400882287Day 4: 
 

Mindfulness class~Episode 4 today! It’s a story about Big Emotions! Check it out!

https://vimeo.com/400867850

Day 5: 
Today is day 5 of Mindfulness class. Check out today’s episode #5~Sending Kind Thoughts!
https://vimeo.com/402229991

 

Day 6: 

Happy Monday Morning to you! Episode 6 today! Listen to this story about seeing, hearing, and feeling.

https://vimeo.com/402764841

Day 7:

Our Mindfulness Class today (Episode 7) is a session of Chair Yoga! Give it a try-it is fun and helps to reduce stress!

Day 8: 

Mindfulness class Episode 8 is now available! This one has a cool activity. Check it out!

Day 9: 

Today is Episode 9 of Mindfulness class! If you have been doing them every day (or even 1 or 2), I wonder if you notice a change in how you feel and approach the day?

Check out the class today-Mindful Breathing with the ABCs!

 Day 10: 

Here is the final episode of the Mindfulness class series~Mindfulness of Emotions, Feelings, and Stress! This is really helpful to use when we are faced with a situation that causes us to have heightened emotions, feelings, and/or stress. Check it out! We hope that these mindfulness classes have helped you!

https://vimeo.com/408137405


A resource for parents from the National Association of School Psychologists. This link contains information for parents/guardians on helping children adapt to the changing circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Children need tools to adapt effectively and navigate the many changes in their lives. This article provides strategies for parents/caregivers to utilize
to support adaptability and resilience in young people.

Click here for more information about Resources for Parents during COVID-19


K-5 Remote Learning Q4 Report Card


Quarter 4 Remote Learning Rubric for Gloversville High School and Gloversville Middle School Students


Parents Guide to Remote Learning


April 8, 2020

Dear students, parents and guardians,

As many of you are already aware, Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the closure of schools in New York State through Wednesday April 29th, in the government’s continued efforts to combat the spread of Coronavirus.

Here in Gloversville, the 4th quarter will now consist, at least in part, of remote instruction aligned to standards and skills specific to grade level expectations or individual secondary credit bearing courses.

The educational experiences your children are tasked with completing remotely indeed matter, and their effort and competency will be measured and recorded. Guidance will be forthcoming on exactly how that will unfold.

We fully understand that not every parent or guardian has the means, or necessarily the time, to play an active role in facilitating your child’s continuing education during this disruption, but we highly recommend that parents and guardians do all they can on their end to make educational engagement and remote learning a high priority for children.  Please reach out to us, if you need assistance. We will do our best to accommodate.

This crisis has created a great deal of grief, hardship and stress for countless American families. The shuttering of schools has also created an opportunity for students to become more responsible, independent learners. I suggest all of our students, especially those in middle and high school, seize this moment and take control of their educational future. Create solid work habits now that will carry you into the next chapter of your life.

Stay healthy and stay engaged in your coursework.

Sincerely

David Halloran


Dear New York State Educators,

Please share this information with families in your community.
As we work through these challenging times together, NY State of Health is committed to ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for all New Yorkers so they can get the care they need during this state of emergency. With the recent closure of businesses across the state, many New Yorkers are at risk of losing their health insurance coverage as a result of COVID-19. Many are likely to be eligible for health coverage with financial assistance through NY State of Health due to their loss of coverage and income. NY State of Health opened a Special Enrollment Period last month for people who are uninsured, and the Marketplace has started an awareness campaign to let people know that NY State of Health is there as a safety net in difficult times like these.
New Yorkers who are without health insurance should apply now through NY State of Health.

If you lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of a loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus, or subsidized Qualified Health Plan coverage. Thousands of assistors are ready throughout the state to help consumers enroll by phone. NY State of Health is committed to helping New Yorkers get the coverage they need so they can get the care they need.

Visit us at: www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov and let us help you find a health care plan that works for you.

If you have additional questions you can contact the Marketplace directly at 518-486-9102 or NYSOH@health.ny.gov

NY State of Health Letter to Families



In continued response to the spread of COVID-19, on Monday, April 6, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all schools in New York State will remain closed until Wednesday, April 29. HFM BOCES and its component school districts are waiting for the governor to issue his formal executive order regarding the extended closure and will announce details once they become available.



As our community works together through this unprecedented time, the Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education is working to ensure meetings remain accessible to the public while also protecting the health of our community and doing our part to reduce transmission of COVID-19. Following the guidelines issued by Governor Cuomo’s executive order 202.1, the board will meet remotely until further notice.

“Pursuant to Governor Executive Order No. 202.1 issued 3/13/2020, the Open Meetings Law requirements for school board meetings have been temporarily modified, through April 11, 2020, as such:

‘“Article 7 of the Public Officers Law, to the extent necessary to permit any public body to meet and take such actions authorized by the law without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed.’”

The Board of Education Meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6 will be available for the public to join remotely via the Internet or phone. A link to the live stream and a call-in number will be provided here before the start of the event. This event will also be recorded and available online at a later date.

To view a live stream of the Board of Education Meeting, follow the instructions below.

From a web browser, go here.

When prompted to log in to Google, use the credentials below:
WILL BE PROVIDED LATER

username: boeguest@gesdk12.org

password: Gloversville2020

*Please note the password is case sensitive.
You will be able to view a live stream of the event.

While this event will be view-only, comment and questions are always encouraged and can be submitted in the following manner:

  • Via the U.S. Postal System to {234 Lincoln Street Gloversville, NY  12078

  •  Via email to boe@gesdk12.org


In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the New York State of Health has made a Special Enrollment Period available to New Yorkers during which eligible individuals will be able to enroll in insurance coverage through NY State of Health, New York’s official health plan Marketplace, and directly through insurers.  The Special Enrollment Period is open from March 16 to April 15, 2020.  Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus – can enroll year-round.

The Fidelis Care team is ready to assist you by phone. Call 1-866-435-9521 (TTY: 711) or you can contact your local Fidelis Care Representative, ToniJean Wessell at 518-225-2450.

REMINDER: Grab & Go school breakfast and lunch available during the COVID19 school closures. You can pick up school breakfast and lunches at cafeterias entrances between the hours of 8:30 to 12:30.

Gloversville High School
Park Terrace Elementary 
Boulevard Elementary 
Kingsborough Elementary 

Please do not use the main entrance of the school building.


Remote learning will continue into spring break

“I hope this letter finds you all well. My previous message indicated that instruction would halt for the entirety of spring break recess is no longer the case. The Governor has since directed us to continue remote learning through Tuesday, April 14, 2020. If the current school closure is extended beyond the 14th, remote learning is to continue as well. The Governors order dictates that schools are required to provide continuity of instruction, meals for students and childcare resources for essential workers every weekday, including days originally part of the previously scheduled spring break

If the closure is not extended, we will return to school onsite on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. We will continue to monitor all available guidance and directives and keep you informed if this changes

We know that the information in this Executive Order and the situation, in general, continues to raise questions and concerns. I apologize for the mixed messages, but the Governors order must be adhered to. We do not have a choice. Students, please plan to continue remote learning through Tuesday, April 14, 2020, as well as the days following, if the closure is extended

If you wish to read the Executive Order, it can be found here

Thank you all for your continued patience.
Stay hopeful and stay healthy

Sincerely,
Dave Halloran 

Superintendent Press Release (PDF)



The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has partnered with nine public television stations to offer “Learn-at-Home” educational programming on-air for students from prekindergarten through grade 12, every weekday.

 
“Learn-at-Home” programming is available to students through their local public television station starting Monday, March 23.
 
Programming will be available for young children (PreK through grade 4) and older children (grade 5 through grade 12) on different digital channels.
 
Material can be viewed for free over-the-air with a television antenna or on cable.
 
Parents and educators should check local listings for information about their public television stations’ schedules and channel lineup.
 
As this program continues, stations are planning to offer more specific educational information and resources developed in conjunction with local school districts, BOCES, parents and teachers.
 
New special collections of learning materials have also been created for parents at PBSLearningMedia.org.
For more information, visit your local station.

 


Paid Sick Leave

GESD Technolgy Help

Boulevard Email List

Park Terrace Elementary Email List

GHS Counseling Resource

Kingsborough Email List

Child Care Survey

Ideas for Quarantine/Social Distancing

Gloversville High School Email List

Request for School Owned Technology


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Although your child is not physically at school, we still would like them to feel supported.  

Remember, during these stressful times many of our children will be confused or scared.  You can help your child by using the following tips. 

  • Keeping adult conversation away from “little ears” – they will likely be alert to everything you say!

  • Remaining calm and reassuring will help lessen the anxiety.

  • Making yourself available for giving extra attention and time to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions. You may not have “all the answers”, but you can still comfort and assure your child.

  • Be aware of what your child may be viewing on tv–youtube or social media–even news reports can be confusing and scary.

  • Try to keep a normal routine as much as possible. They should still get up in the morning, wash, brush their teeth and have breakfast.  Keeping to this schedule will help them when it’s time to return to school.

  • Be honest about what may be unknown (like when we will see each other again at school).

  • Watch your child for signs of illness such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

  • Practice good hygiene and healthy habits.  Not only should your child (and you!) remember to wash your hands often, but it is also important to allow everyone personal space (which is part of the  “social distancing” we are hearing so much about). Avoid large groups whenever possible, wave your hands rather than shake or hug, thumbs up rather than high five!

These suggestions are especially important at times like these.  Please check out some of the links below for more tips and hints.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/passive-aggressive-diaries/202003/what-parents-can-do-manage-coronavirus-stress-in-kids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD9KNhmOCV4

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR26F2Tmdj3pJN3iv6yAtRyTQoC-AH0P3H1D5QgEqQneurbBPnE_L6Omv30#.XmqzisKG7LA.facebook

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1o6kEgCKLn3cyIm2hehhhSTIk7yRTd0C3zx49JS4wwCI/mobilebasic


RESOURCES

While school is not open there are other agencies still available at the time of this writing to provide support.

-The United Way has a number of resources for our area and can be accessed by calling their 2-1-1 Helpline at 888-366-321

– For local emotional and mental health resources

The Family Counseling Center – (518) 725-4310

This number can be used for Crisis Services, Mobile Crisis, and Family/Peer Support Services

St. Mary’s Mental Health Hotline
(518) 842-9111

*If you have a mental health EMERGENCY (you are homicidal or suicidal) call 911*


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