Archive: 2020-21 school year COVID-19 updates

2020-21 school year information and updates

Yellow Zone Testing

Governor Cuomo released guidance where districts are assigned a tiered location and each tier has specific criteria to enter a yellow, orange, or red zone, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These designations are determined by the state.

The district is preparing for what we would need to do if we are given a yellow zone designation. I encourage you to review the COVID Cluster Zone information and testing requirements for schools.

In the event that our area does become a yellow zone, Department of Health (DOH) guidance requires our district to test 20% of in-person (hybrid) students and staff in order to remain open for in-person instruction. 

We have contracted to work with a third party medical group, Adirondack Health & Wellness, to conduct our COVID-19 testing program within the district. Testing cannot be performed without parental consent and testing is not mandatory. However, please consider that if we do not have consent to test 20% of students and staff while in a yellow zone, we will need to shift to full-remote instruction for all students. Read more on testing here.

Return to School Protocols

On Sept. 30, the New York State Department of Health released a Pre-K to Gr. 12 COVID-19 Toolkit containing updated guidance. 

If a student or employee has shown symptoms of the coronavirus, one of the following must take place before that person can return to school: 

  • Your health-care provider gives you a conclusive diagnosis of something other than COVID-19; 
  • You test negative for COVID-19; or 
  • You are released from isolation by the Department of Health. 

Students and employees will be asked to provide documentation from a health care provider of an alternative diagnosis, or a negative COVID test result. 

Anyone who is symptomatic for 48 hours and does not receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID test result will be isolated by the Department of Health. 

COVID-19 Resources

Review a list of local testing sites and recommendations for symptomatic individuals. View COVID-19 resources

Self-Health Assessments

All students in grades UPK-12 receive an important email every Monday morning around 5:30 a.m. This email will be sent to the student SCSD email account. However, for students in grades UPK-8, the email will also be sent to the parent email that we have on file. This email will include an attestation form that must be completed (by a parent or the student) each Monday, regardless if the student will be coming to school on that day. As per our reopening plan, this email will serve as a periodic self-health assessment. Learn more about the self-health assessment

It is extremely important that you check for the DOH listed symptoms and ensure that your child’s temperature is below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

DOH listed symptoms are as follows:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Loss of taste/smell
  • Vomiting and /or diarrhea
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat/congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea

Stillwater CSD Reopening Plan

The Stillwater CSD submitted their plan to the state on Friday, July 31, 2020. This plan is subject to change as we receive guidance from the state. We will communicate frequently to provide staff, families and our community with the most up-to-date information as possible. View the Stillwater Reopening Plan

Food Services

All students are eligible to receive FREE meals from the district through June 2021.  All students learning in-person can receive meals for free at school. Those who are learning remotely can pick meals up daily between 10-11 a.m. at the high school kitchen delivery door. This door is located right past the bus circle on the right.  If you are interested in picking up meals, you must contact Food Service Director Joan Hopeck at (518) 373-6100, ext. 30513 or at

Communication from the District

If you are not receiving emails from the district, you will need to email Chris Lynch at to make sure your correct information is on file in the parent portal. More information on SchoolMessenger can be found on the district website.