District to temporarily transition to remote learning for one week

Dear families,

The district learned that two additional individuals from the Queensbury community have tested positive for COVID-19. One was an individual from the William H. Barton Intermediate School. The other was an individual from Queensbury High School.

Warren County Public Health is conducting case investigations and will advise individuals on the need to quarantine and arrange for testing.

Due to the growing number of cases and large number of individuals placed under quarantine, after consulting with our medical director and Warren County Public Health, we will temporarily transition all grade levels (K-12) to remote learning for the week of Oct. 5. The earliest students would return to school in-person would be Tuesday, Oct. 13, after the Columbus Day holiday. We will send an update to our families on Friday, Oct. 9.

The district will continue to collaborate with Warren County Public Health, the district’s medical director and follow all guidance from state and federal organizations.

Remote instruction

  • Grades K-5 will engage in daily synchronous and asynchronous instruction for all core subject areas and social emotional learning.
  • K-5 remote learners will continue to follow their daily schedules.
  • Grades 6-12 will continue to follow their daily schedules remotely for synchronous instruction.

Detailed information about remote instruction will be forthcoming from your building principal.

Chromebooks

K-3 families can pick up Chromebooks from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5. Kindergarten and grade 3 Chromebook pick up will take place in the back of the building. Grades 1 and 2 Chromebook pick up will take place in the front of the building. Please contact the QES main office if you are unable to pick up a Chromebook during this time period.

Chromebook distribution for students in grade 4 will take place on Monday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the front of the building. Please contact the WHBI main office if you are unable to pick up a Chromebook during this time period.

Communication

While we’re learning remotely, we will not be sending SchoolMessenger notifications if/when we receive additional confirmed cases. Please check the state COVID dashboard during this time to stay up-to-date.

Meal distribution

Starting Monday, Oct. 5, breakfast and lunch will continue to be available, free of charge, for students in need while QUFSD schools have moved to 100% remote learning. If you need meals delivered to your home, please fill out this form.

Additional Snack Pack pantry items will be delivered for families on Friday, Oct. 9.

Sports competitions

Sports competitions and practices will be on pause while we are learning remotely. Coaches will reach out with updated practice information.

Campus closed

Campus will be closed to the public at this time. All campus facilities, including the tennis courts, track and campus trails are closed until further notice. If students need materials, please contact your building principal to make arrangements.

The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our main priority. We are committed to providing a strong educational experience for all of our students during the temporary closure. We will do everything possible to reduce the spread of the virus and return to school in person. We encourage families to do their part as well. Please stay home, avoid large gatherings, wear masks in public and take any other precautions to mitigate our community’s spread. Thank you for your continued partnership.

Remember, we are Spartan Strong, now we need to work together to be Spartan Safe!

Sincerely,

Kyle L. Gannon
Superintendent of Schools