• COVID-19 Updates and Information

    We will use this web page to share updates, information and resources for our families and community members. Any time-sensitive information will be shared via SchoolMessenger

    COVID-19 Screener

    In the event the digital screener is down, you can download a paper version of our daily COVID-19 health screener to print at home. If you need paper copies to keep at home, please reach out to school and we can send them home with your student.

    Layered Mitigation

    In conjunction with New York State, Green Island is following COVID-19 Layered Mitigation Protocols, indicating health and safety procedures will be directly related to the transmission rates in Albany County. 

    Procedures and Protocols


    COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance (Updated)

    According to the CDC website, "Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick,".

    Quarantine is used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by separating people who have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for the virus from others.

    The quarantine period for COVID-19 has recently been shortened to (5) full days with onset of symptoms day zero.

    Students, teachers, and staff who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and are in one of the following groups do NOT need to quarantine:

    • People who are fully vaccinated.
    • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

    View the most current COVID-19 quarantine guidance on the CDC website.

    Students may be eligible for “Test To Stay”. Please reach out to the Health Office to see if you are eligible.


    COVID-19 Isolation Guidance (Updated)

    According to the CDC website, "isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick,".

    Individuals who show symptoms of COVID-19 or who test positive should separate themselves from others in order to prevent transmission of the virus.

    • Students, teachers and staff who test positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic should isolate for at least (5) days.
    • Students, teachers, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and have/had symptoms should isolate for at least (5) days.

    View the most current COVID-19 isolation guidance on the CDC website.


    COVID-19  Guidance on Return to School

    Testing to return to school after COVID-like symptoms is allowable only for those individuals who are:

    • Fully vaccinated* with COVID symptoms, with or without a known exposure; OR
    • Not fully vaccinated with COVID symptoms WITHOUT a known exposure.

    *According to the CDC, fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after receiving a two-dose series of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

    Symptomatic individuals who have no known exposure to someone with COVID-19 can return to school activities with:

    • A lab negative NAAT, lab antigen test, OR
    • Two negative over-the-counter (OTC) or at-home antigen tests. These tests must be taken 36 hours apart. Student affirmation for over-the counter tests must be completed and returned to the Health Office.
    • Note from health care provider stating symptoms are not COVID related.

    In addition to testing, symptomatic individuals must:

    • Be well enough to participate in school;
    • Not have a runny nose or cough severe enough to make mask wearing difficult or unhygienic;
    • Be fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications; and
    • Meet other school/district requirements to return to school after a non-COVID illness.

    *Please note: There is no exemption to the testing requirement for symptomatic vaccinated individuals.*


    Child Care

    YMCA branch locations in the Capital Region are offering school-age child care for essential workers. Financial assistance is available for this care. Local school leaders are also working with the YMCA and other childcare providers to bring additional childcare options for emergency personnel to their school communities. To learn more and enroll in the YMCA school-age programs, please visit the YMCA website or call (518) 869-3500.

    A Childs Place at Unity House
    Essential workers needing child care for non-school-age children (birth to age five) can contact A Childs Place at Unity House or call (518) 271-6777.

    Additional childcare resources in the Capital Region can also be found by contacting BrightsideUp (formerly the Capital District Child Care Council) or call (518) 426-7181.