COVID-19 Updates & Information

NYS COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Review the NYS COVID-19 data dashboard here.

Updated 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. We are awaiting further guidance as to whether or not the Department of Health will then begin contact tracing for these situations.

COVID-19 Resources

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

Self-Health Assessments

Beginning Monday, September 21, all students in grades UPK-12 will 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

Travel Outside of New York State

In compliance with Governor Cuomo’s executive order, for any traveler who comes to New York State from out of state, exempting the contiguous states, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:

For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain seek another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:

  • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
  • However, the traveler must fill out the traveler information form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

Local health departments will validate tests, if necessary, and if a test comes back positive, will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. All travelers must continue to fill out the traveler information form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.

Holiday Travel Guidelines

As the holiday travel season approaches, we would like to remind families about the New York State travel advisory and how it can impact your child’s ability to attend school. According to the governor, non-essential travel is strongly discouraged, but if you must travel, these New York State guidelines apply. The guidelines are subject to change; any changes to policy will be communicated as soon as we are made aware of them.

Stillwater CSD Reopening Plan

The Stillwater CSD submitted their plan to the state on Friday, July 31. 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

Any Stillwater student who is learning remotely is still eligible to receive meals from the district. Parents/guardians (or students) will have to 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 ChrisLynch at to make sure your correct information is on file in the parent portal. More information on School Messenger can be found on the district website.