COVID-19 update: March 13

We have been communicating with our school community over the past few weeks as we have monitored the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our district leaders have been working closely with and following the guidance of the Washington County and New York State Health Departments, as well as the New York State Education Department.

It is important to note, while Hudson Falls School District does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19, in an abundance of caution we have made several decisions to help minimize the spread of the virus in our school community.

Closure of schools
The local health department will notify schools if and when a school must close due to COVID-19 and when a school can reopen. Schools are not expected to make decisions about closing schools due to COVID- 19 on their own, and will seek specific guidance from the state or local health officials to determine if, when, and for how long to take these steps.

The safety of our students and school community is our priority. We are delaying or canceling after-school events on a week-by-week basis as we receive guidance from our local and state health authorities. We will do our best to minimize the disruption to the events and activities on which our staff work so hard.

As of Friday, March 13th,  the following events will be canceled or postponed:

Spring Sports:

Section 2 Athletics has postponed all spring athletic contests (scrimmages, non-league games, games, invitationals, etc) through Saturday, April 19. All Hudson Falls CSD boys and girls practices will be postponed immediately through Friday, March 20th, including this weekend. Just like our approach with other activities, we will take this week by week

Kindergarten Center:

  • 3/13 – All School Meeting in KC Gym/Puppet People Presentations for UPK classes
  • 3/21 – Fun Fair for all elementary students and parents at Primary School   

Primary School:

  • March 16, 2020-  Girl Scout Sign Ups (6-7)
  • March 17 – 20, 2020-  UPK – 6 Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • March 19, 2020-  Cornell Cooperative Extension Visit to Grade 2 Classrooms- Ag in Literacy Program

Intermediate School:

  • 3/21 – Fun Fair for all elementary students and parents at Primary School

Middle School:

  • 3/16–Winter Swim 6:30-9:00 MS Pool; Storm Volleyball 7:00-9:00 PM; HF Girls Softball Cafeteria 6:00-8:30
  • 3/17 – Musical Tour Day – Students WILL NOT walk to High School to view the Spring Musical. Dismissal will occur as scheduled from the Middle School.
  • 3/17–  Storm Volleyball 7:00-9:00 PM; Irish Dancing 3:30-4:40
  • 3/18– Winter Swim 6:30-9:00 MS Pool, Storm Volleyball 7:00-9:00 PM
  • 3/23– Storm Volleyball 7:00-9:00 PM; Adirondack Baseball Umpires Meeting Cafeteria 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

High School:

  • 3/13/2020 LOTE Culture Fair
  • 3/14/2020 Granville & Corinth SAT Testing
  • 3/14/2020 Varsity Wrestling Banquet
  • 3/14/2020 Basketball Banquet
  • 3/18/2020 HF Science Research parent info meeting
  • 3/20/2020, 3/21/2020 and 3/22/2020 Spring Musical
  • 3/21/2020 Gaming Expo
  • 3/23/2020 Parent meeting regarding after-prom

Hudson Falls CSD Recreation:

  • There will be no more youth wrestling clinics.

Again, the decisions outlined have been taken in an abundance of caution to keep the safety of our students and staff a priority. Our ability to effectively limit exposure to COVID-19, as well as thoroughly clean the school buildings every evening are our two main goals.

As a reminder, many steps can minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the New York State Department of Health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

Linda Goewey

Superintendent of Schools