GASD Reopening Schools Information – 2020-21

amsterdam logoOn July 13, Governor Cuomo, the State Education Department, and Department of Health released guidelines for the reopening of schools. With the release of that information, school districts were required to submit a school reopening plan to the New York State Education Department by July 31. The GASD SAFER Committee has completed its draft reopening plan and submitted it to SED on that date. The link to the entire plan is posted below:

New York state will begin reviewing school district plans the week of August 1-7, according to Gov. Cuomo. The state then will approve, deny, or suggest changes to those plans. Based off of the plans and the most recent health data, Gov. Cuomo will make a decision whether or not to reopen schools to students statewide this the fall also during Aug. 1-7 timeframe.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an extremely fluid process. The reopening plan will be updated regularly as new guidance and regulations come out over the coming weeks. The public may continue to submit questions about reopening school at the email address See more stories below. Additional resources are also posted in the right column of this webpage.

Next Steps

  • Submission of plan via  the New York State Department of Education portal (due 7/31/20)
  • Student transportation survey through Aug. 3
  • Wait for Governor Cuomo’s decision on school reopening (to be announced August 1-7)

Aug. 5, 2020 – Remote Only Learning option now available to GASD families, sign up online no later than Aug. 14

The Greater Amsterdam School District has revised its Reopening Schools Plan to give parents the option of choosing a Remote Only Learning (ROL) at home model for their child(ren) for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Parents/guardians must complete this online form no later than Aug. 14, 2020 to choose this ROL option and meet all procedures and requirements posted below:

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July 30, 2020 – GASD holds virtual forums on Reopening Schools

On July 29, the Greater Amsterdam School District hosted two virtual information forums on the reopening of schools in the fall – one for staff and one for the general public (parents, students and community). You can view both forums below and continue to send in your reopening questions at:

      July 17, 2020 – State delays start of fall sports season

      NYSPHSAA (the New York State Public High School Athletic Association) has announced that the start date for Fall sports has been pushed back to September 21st and the Fall Regional and State Championships have been cancelled due to COVID 19 pandemic.