Last updated on May 13, 2020
Schools Closed & Facilities Use Suspended 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.
On April 7, Superintendent Wetherbee issued this update regarding recent changes to the governor's mandate, New York State Regents exams, and the annual budget vote and school board election. Please read this letter from Superintendent Wetherbee about how a directive from the New York State Education Department impacts the scheduled spring break.
During this time, the District Office is operating with a limited staff and a small number of essential staff from the Food Services and Maintenance 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.
We will continue to provide updates and details as they become available.
Frequently Asked Questions
We developed this Frequently Asked Questions document 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.
School Event/Activity Cancellations & Postponements
Following guidance from state health and education officials, several school events and activities are being canceled or postponed and will be rescheduled if possible.
Home Learning Resources
CLICK HERE for a list of resources to support students with at-home learning and remote instruction. Each teacher and grade level will be different, however we compiled this general webpage to outline some of the digital learning resources being used by our students and teachers.
Parents and students should review this District Grading Plan (PDF) for information about 4th quarter grading and report cards.
Cairo-Durham CSD is committed to continuing the school breakfast and lunch program for our students during the extended school closure. CLICK HERE for more information. *NOTE: There will be no meal pick up or delivery on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day). It will resume on Wednesday, 5/27 and Friday, 5/29, and back to Monday/Wednesday/Friday the following week.
A new mobile food pantry is also available to Cairo-Durham familes. See this flyer from Community Action of Greene County. Pre-registration is required.
Child Care for First Responders & Essential Workers
In collaboration with Healthy Kids Programs, child care for children of essential workers (ages 4-12) will be available at Cairo-Durham Elementary School (424 Main St, Cairo) starting on Monday, March 30. Registration required. Click here for more information.
Updates from Cairo-Durham CSD
- Superintendent Update (April 7)
- Superintendent Letter Regarding Spring Break (April 1)
- Superintendent Letter Regarding Closure Extension (March 27)
- Meals for Students During Closure
- School Calendar Changes (March 17-27)
- Superintendent Update on COVID-19 Response (March 14)
- 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
Greene County Public Health will be activating a call center beginning March 18 (8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday) for those people with questions and/or concerns related to Corona Virus. This may expand to weekends, but as of now is Monday – Friday. The number for the call center 518-635-5165.
Helpful county/state contact information (PDF from Questar III BOCES)
Novel Coronavirus (NYS Department of Health)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
Information for Travel (CDC)
FAQ for Travelers (CDC)
School (PreK-12) Guidance: COVID-19 (NYS Education Department)
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (National Association of School Psychologists)