Update from Superintendent Gannon about COVID-19 (March 14)

Dear parents and guardians,

We continue to monitor all guidance from local, state and federal agencies. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Queensbury Union Free School District. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are joining all 31 WSWHE BOCES school districts and canceling classes and all school events and activities from March 16 through April 19, 2020.

Given that this is a rapidly evolving public health issue, we feel that this is the most proactive and prudent action available to us. This is designed to help limit the spread of illness and to provide time to reassess the situation.

During this time, students will not be required to report to school. All 12-month employees will continue to work during the closure, barring any further direction from the Department of Health. We will be notifying our 10-month employees in advance when they are required to report. More information will be sent to employees about their reporting procedures by the end of the day Monday.

We recognize that this is an inconvenience to our families, but our primary concern is mitigating the risk of possible community spread. The district has been and will remain in communication with local health department officials.

It is our hope that this closing will provide time to prevent any potential community spread of illness.

Instructional Online Resources

We are committed to providing educational resources for our students during this closing, but it is important to acknowledge that there are practical limits to instructional program continuity. Instead, our commitment will be to sharing a variety of resources for parent-guided and self-guided learning for students. Accordingly, our teachers have created a Google Classroom of online age-appropriate resources that you may use with your child. It includes links and resources that will give students the opportunity to practice skills, review content and explore topics at home. Teachers and administrators will also be available by email during normal school hours to answer any questions you may have regarding the resources. We encourage you to look at the online resources that have been created by our teachers with the learning needs of all children in mind.

Due to the concerted effort of our faculty and staff, we are able to provide ample educational opportunities during this period of time.

Additionally, Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. To learn more and enroll, visit their website.

Food Services

Beginning Monday, March 16, we will be providing food services to any student in the Queensbury Union Free School District. On Monday, lunch will be available from 12-1 p.m. at the locations listed below.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, through the duration of the closing, we will be serving breakfast from 8-9 a.m. and lunch from 12-1 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Drive Up: Queensbury Middle School (side parking lot)
  • United Methodist Church of Queensbury (460 Aviation Rd, Queensbury)
  • West Glens Falls Fire Department (33 Luzerne Rd, Queensbury)
  • West End Park (117 Luzerne Rd, Queensbury)
  • South Queensbury Volunteer Fire Department (409 Dix Ave, Queensbury)
  • Needle Park Circle

Please note, the district is only able to provide food services during the week.

If your student plans on participating and they have dietary restrictions, please email Josh Hodge at jhodge@queensburyschool.org.

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated during his press conference yesterday, school superintendents have the ability to decide to close their school districts, and the superintendents of our region have made that determination.

The New York State Education Department continues to work with the governor’s office, the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Education to provide guidance to our schools around issues such as instructional time and test scheduling.

This situation is very fluid and could change as we continue to work with our local departments of health and New York State Department of Health.

The most current and accurate information about the coronavirus can be found on the New York State Department of Health website.

Thank you for your continued patience and partnership, and we will provide you with more information as soon as we can. Please keep checking your email and the district website for the most accurate and updated information. We appreciate your support, cooperation and understanding.

Thank you,

Kyle L. Gannon
Superintendent of Schools