Gloversville Enlarged School District Reopening Plan Overview

Updated 04/30/2021

Required Components of the
GESD Reopening Plan

  • Students and staff are required to wear masks during all transitions and when 6 foot social distancing is not possible. Schools will arrange desks or seating so that students are socially distanced from peers and staff, and are separated from one another by 3 feet.
  • Daily health screenings for employees and students. Staff and students are using ezSCRN. Staff members will screen themselves daily and students will be screened once a week. Temperatures are taken on students upon arrival to school on a daily basis.
  • Contact tracing and coordination with local health department guidelines.
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
  • Shared books and supplies will be minimized and where used, books (e.g., library books, trade books) supplies (e.g., science lab materials) will be disinfected or allowed to remain untouched for the amount of time specified in CDC and/or NYSDOH guidelines.
  • School visitors will be restricted to those required for school business.
  • Students and staff will be trained on proper hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and face covering practices and protocols
  • Community use of facilities will be restricted. Protocols being developed.
  • The district is developing options/programs to accommodate the needs of the medically vulnerable/high risk population.
  • Each school has a designated quarantine room for students and staff that may be presenting symptoms of COVID-19.

Operationalize Academic/Instructional Parameters for Reopening

General School Information

  • The alternating day schedule is designed to reduce building student population to approximately 50% in grades 9-12.
  • Lunch pre-packaged and served to ensure appropriate social distancing, including allowance for eating in classrooms. The process for food stations/delivery is being developed.
  • Alternate locations will be provided for students with severe food allergies, as needed.
  • Hallway traffic will be one-way, where possible, with appropriate signage.
  • Classes moving within hallways will be regulated to reduce the number of students in the hallway at a given time.
  • Field trips requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Filtration and ventilation will meet or exceed minimum requirements.
  • Teachers will be encouraged to have windows open and instruct parts of classes outdoors, where feasible.
  • Lockers and locker rooms will not be used at the secondary level.


  • Pre-Kindergarten students will follow a traditional in-person Monday through Friday schedule.
  • Classrooms will be arranged to meet the required three-foot social distancing guidelines.
  • The number of students in each classroom will be reduced to accommodate health and safety guidelines.

Kindergarten – Grade 8 Everyday Instruction

  • Grades K-8 is planned for everyday in-person instruction.
  • The school will facilitate remote instruction for any student who requires it due to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, and for those who are deemed medically vulnerable by a physician.
  • Curriculum will be aligned with our New York State Learning Standards.
  • Grade reporting will be in accordance with NYSED guidelines and may be modified to meet the conditions of the instructional delivery model.
  • The district will ensure that classroom safety protocols will be followed; each classroom will have the students spaced 3 feet apart.
  • Systems to monitor and support the social-emotional well-being of students and staff are being developed.

Grades 9- 12

  • Grades 9-12 is planned for an alternate day model. Students will be divided into two groups (Dragons & Huskies). Dragons will in-person on Monday/Wednesday. Huskies will attend Tuesday/Thursday. Each group will attend on alternating Friday’s.
  • On remote learning days, students will be required to participate in classroom work remotely and/or complete assignments. Student expectations on remote days will be determined by the teacher based on what will work best for the specific class and what is being learned. Instructional delivery may involve assignment completion from the in-person lesson or a live-streamed lesson at the students regularly assigned class time.
  • Curriculum will be aligned with our New York State Learning Standards.
  • Grade reporting will be in accordance with NYSED guidelines and may be modified to meet the conditions of the instructional delivery model.
  • The school will facilitate remote instruction for any student who requires it due to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, for those who are deemed medically vulnerable.
  • Systems to monitor and support the social-emotional wellbeing of students and staff are being developed.

For information pertaining to teaching and learning in BOCES special education and Career and Technical Education programs, please see the BOCES website https://www.hfmboces.org/ .

Specialized Services

  • Students in self-contained, special education programs will be onsite daily when school is in session, unless otherwise directed in the students program services
  • Students receiving special services will continue to receive these services (e.g., ENL, speech)
  • Students who may be at a higher risk may need additional considerations in their programming, such as remote learning.

Performing Arts, Physical Education, Athletics & Extracurricular Activities

  • NYSED requires 6 feet in between students when physically exerting themselves in PE activities and when singing or using wind instruments. The plan for Physical Education and performing arts is currently being developed to meet the needs of our school community and NYSDOH/NYSED guidelines
  • Interscholastic sports are currently permitted. NYSPHSAA Guidance will be followed for the spring sports season. Spring sport regional and state competitions are cancelled
  • Extra-curricular activities will be examined to determine which can be conducted virtually, blended, or modified.


The district utilizes Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Regional Transportation Service. Transportation guidelines specify:

  • Face coverings are required on buses provided that the student is physically able to do so.
  • Social distancing protocols will be maintained on the bus.
  • Students will initially trained and periodically retrained on proper social distancing.
  • Members of the same household/family will be seated together when possible.
  • Parents/guardians will be required to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms prior to getting on the bus.

For additional transportation information please contact the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES transportation office at

Shift to Virtual Learning in the Event of School Building Closure Due to COVID-19

  • In the event school buildings are compelled to close, schools will transition to a remote learning model.
  • Grades PreK-5 students will follow a schedule that most closely approximates their in-person schedule. Instruction may be a combination of synchronous (live-online) and asynchronous teacher lessons (not live, pre-recorded lessons), online group work or small group instruction. Time spent on instruction will vary by grade level, however, students will engage with learning daily.
  • Grade 6-12 students will follow the in-school schedule when at home with live, virtual instruction (most common method), blended with recorded teacher lessons, online group work, and small group instruction.
  • Every effort will be made to engage students in meaningful, NYS Standards aligned instruction everyday.
  • Student and staff attendance will be taken daily.

GESD Full Reopening Plan