This webpage is being updated regularly as new information is provided to the Hudson City School District by the NYS Health and Education Departments. Last updated on May 19, 2020.
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Schools Closed for Remainder of Academic Year
Governor Cuomo announced on May 1 that all K-12 schools in New York State are to remain closed and continue providing distance learning for the remainder of the academic year. We will continue to support students, teachers and families with at-home learning needs. Families will be updated when we receive further information about the governor’s most recent Executive Order.
Only a limited number of essential staff from the Afterschool Program and the Food Services and Buildings & Grounds Departments will be allowed on-site. You will still be able to pick up student meals as described here, however you will not be allowed to enter the school buildings.
Some Outdoor Facilities to Re-open on May 20
The use of some outdoor facilities will be permitted starting Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The track at the Bluehawk Sports complex, as well as the track and tennis court and M.C. Smith Elementary School, will be re-opened with social distancing and safety protocols in place.
- Tennis Rules: No doubles unless in the same family or living in the same household. Glove to be worn on the serving hand.
- Track Rules: Mask must be worn unless able to keep a six foot distance.
Playgrounds will remain closed until further notice. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Frequently Asked Questions
We developed this Frequently Asked Questions page to help keep our community informed. As you know, this is a rapidly changing public health situation. We are doing our best to adapt to the continuous changes and guidance from local, state and federal officials. This page will be updated as new information is received.
Home Learning Resources
Click here for information and resources related to at-home learning. It includes useful information about student expectations, grading, Google Classroom and library resources.
If your child needs a Chromebook, please contact your child’s principal.
Child Care for First Responders & Essential Workers
Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 202.4, the Hudson City School District is working with community partners to plan child care services for Emergency Responders and Essential Workers who reside in our District, if needed (Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m.–5 p.m.). Click here for more information.
School Event/Activity Cancellations & Postponements
Following guidance from local and federal health officials, we are taking proactive measures in light of public health concerns. Therefore, several school events and activities are being canceled or postponed and will be rescheduled if possible.
The Hudson City School District is committed to continuing the school breakfast and lunch program for our students during the extended school closure. CLICK HERE for pick up times, locations and procedures for obtaining free student meals.
Updates from HCSD
- Graduation Letter (May 9)
- Update for Grades 6-12 Families (April 20)
- Update for Grades K-5 Families (April 20)
- Superintendent Update (April 7)
- NYS Extends School Closure Until April 29 (April 6)
- Changes to School Calendar (April 1)
- Superintendent Update on COVID-19 (March 27)
- Superintendent Update on COVID-19 (March 21)
- Meals for Students During Closure
- Superintendent Update on COVID-19 Response (March 14)
- Letter from Columbia County Superintendents (March 13)
- Coronavirus Precautionary Actions (March 12)
- Events & Activities Canceled or Postponed
If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected and follow their advice.
Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The District is prepared to work with any affected families.
In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms. The district will continue to share information as it becomes available.
Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.
- NY State of Health special enrollment period (PDF) – if you recently lost employer health insurance coverage as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, read this letter for information about NY State of Health’s special enrollment period
- SNAP benefits – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will automatically issue an Emergency supplemental SNAP benefit to households not already receiving the maximum benefit. This action is part of a provision set forth by the Families First Corona Virus Response Act of 2020. Households currently not receiving the maximum benefit will receive the Emergency supplemental SNAP benefit to increase their current benefit amount to the maximum amount for their household size. New York State OTDA will issue the Emergency supplemental benefits to all SNAP households NOT already receiving the maximum benefit for the months of March and April 2020.
- Helpful Columbia County/NY State Contact Information (Questar III BOCES)
- Novel Coronavirus (NYS Department of Health)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)
- Information for Travel (CDC)
- FAQ for Travelers (CDC)
- Prevention & Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)
- FAQ: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)
- School (PreK-12) Guidance: COVID-19 (NYS Education Department)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (National Association of School Psychologists)