COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates & Resources

All RCS schools are closed through the remainder of the academic school year due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health situation. For updated information from the school district, including important notices, learning resources, food distribution plans, child care resources and more, please visit the COVID-19 page.

District updates and resources on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Given that this is a fluid and potentially rapidly developing situation, we will use this web page to share information and resources as the circumstances warrant. Any real-time, important information will be shared via the district’s School Messenger notification system, which can send e-mails, text messages and phone calls.

RCS District Status

  • All RCS schools will be closed through the remainder of the academic school year.
  • We are closely monitoring the situation at the state and local level and will let you know if that closure needs to be extended.
  • All school-related activities and programs are canceled until further notice.
  • NYS assessments for Grades 3-8 are suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

School District Updates

Food availability during closure

Although school will be closed to students through the remainder of the school year, RCS students will be eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch options through this time. Any child under 18 years of age will be allowed to receive healthy meal and snack choices through the RCS district’s food service program.

The locations and schedule for pick up are listed below. In an effort to limit personal contact, please remain in your vehicle and meals will be delivered to you in your vehicle.  Meals may be picked up between the hours of 7 am and 10 am, on Monday and Wednesday through June 2020.

  • Parents/caregivers of Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary children will go to the bus drop off loop of Pieter B. Elementary.
  • Parents/caregivers of A.W. Becker Elementary children will go to the bus drop off loop of A.W. Becker Elementary.
  • Parents/caregivers of RCS Middle School children who are in need of a breakfast/lunch option will go to the bus drop off loop of RCS Middle School.
  • Parents/caregivers of RCS High School children will go to the loading dock at the high school, which is located on the end of the high school facing 9W.

Please note: any family with children attending multiple schools may pick up the meals for all children at one school location.  

RCS “Work from Home” for Students and Families

The RCS district is committed to offering continuing educational resources for our students during this extended closure. We would like to remind our parents/caregivers that it is important to acknowledge that there are practical limits to instructional program continuity. As part of that effort, we want to share the RCS “Work from Home” page to access continuing education materials shared by our teachers and staff for RCS students. To learn more, visit the “Work from Home” website.

WMHT Public Media Educational Programming Block

WMHT is offering an educational programming block and online resources targeted at students pre-k through 12. For the complete programming schedule, related resources, and additional home learning opportunities, visit wmht.org/homeclassroom.

Special Education Programs and Services

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District provides individualized instruction, accommodation of alternative learning styles, appreciation for diversity and promotion of healthy lifestyles. The district has specialized programs to assist and support all children in meeting their highest potential. For information regarding special education, visit the Special Education page.

Child Care Update

New York State is using a portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds to provide child care to income eligible essential workers at no cost. Essential workers who must work outside of the home and who are using a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available. All licensed and regulated providers who are caring for essential workers are able to participate in this new program.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, families must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four that equals an amount income of $78,600.

Parents are asked to complete the following application for the CARES Child Care Scholarship via the link below. It informs parents that the application will be considered complete once the online application is finished AND the required supplemental documentation is submitted to Brightside Up, the Childcare resource and Referral Agency (CCRA) for Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady counties. For parents that currently receive a subsidy from their local DSS to pay for child care, this scholarship can cover the parent co-pay. Parents should apply for the CARES Act Scholarship, and then contact their local Department of Social Services to get a letter stating their current co-pay. Please address any questions to Tricia Howland at thowland@brightsideup.org.

Click here for the COVID-19 CARES Child Care Scholarship Application

If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent need for child care survey.

Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high quality child care that they need.

In addition, the OCFS website has several resources available at https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare. If you are looking for child care, the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRR) is a great place to start. They will ask you about the kind of care you are looking for, the ages of your children, the hours of care you need and other specifics such as any special needs your child might have. Based on that information, they will be able to give you a list of providers that most closely meet your needs. Please contact:

Brightside Up (formally Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc.)
Ms. Abbe Kovacik, Executive Director
91 Broadway
Menands, NY 12204 Phone: (518) 426-7181, ext. 323
Fax: (518) 426-9649
Email: akovacik@cdcccc.org
Website: http://www.cdcccc.org/

Information Resources

World Health Organization

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York State Department of Health

Call NYSDOH hotline at 1-888-364-3065  for more information about Coronavirus

Albany County Department of Health

Talking to Children about the Coronavirus COVID-19

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA of Act)