Important COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Updates

Updated March 27, 2020

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today, March 27, that schools in New York State, including the Mayfield district, will remain closed until at least April 15. The governor said he will reassess whether to extend the closures again before students are set to return to school.

We realize that the April 15 date falls in the district’s scheduled spring break. Our district is awaiting further guidance from the state before making a determination regarding spring break plans. We hope to know more early next week.

We appreciate your patience as we adjust to this new direction and will follow-up as we learn more. In the meantime, supports and education will continue from a distance throughout the closure. Please visit this space regularly for updates.

Continuity of Operations

Throughout the school closure:

  • A limited number of essential staff will continue to work from the elementary and jr/sr high schools Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. The number to call with questions during this time is 518-661-8207.
  • Payroll will continue on schedule.
  • District Board of Education meetings will continue to be held, in a format to be determined and consistent with guidelines around social distancing and large group meetings. 

Student Learning During The Closure

Teachers will prepare flexible learning opportunities for all students. These will be delivered in a variety ways. Learning will be differentiated in order to meet the needs of  all  students.

Students will be able to turn assignments in for grading online.

Internet connectivity permitting, all students and teacher will have access to Gmail, Google Drive and Google Classroom throughout the closing.

Students and parents/guardians with class/subject-specific questions should communicate directly with their teacher or school principal.

WMHT public television on-air and online educational programming

Starting Monday, March 23, WMHT Public Media is offering educational programming designed to support in-home learning for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 while area schools are closed. 

Student Meals Available Throughout the School Closure

Throughout the school closure, “grab and go” breakfast and lunch for all students will be available for pickup at the drop-off circle of Mayfield Elementary School Monday through Friday, between 9 and 11 a.m.  

Students who participate in our weekend backpack program will be contacted about the next pick you date for their packs. During the closure, we can distributing a month’s worth of food for these students at a time.  

Childcare Available To Essential Workers

Childcare options are available at this time for essential health care workers (licensed health professionals, such as: physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel), first responders (including: paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters) and others. 

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, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services may be able to help you find the childcare program you need.

Social and Emotional Resources

Our school counselors, school social worker, and school psychologist have compiled a list of helpful resources for parents and students during this stressful time.  Please visit our social/emotional resource page.