More school shift to extended Remote Only Learning announced today – Monday, Jan. 11

All GASD staff and families,

Four GASD schools are now shifting to Remote Only Learning until Thursday, January 21 because of the need to quarantine additional teachers and staff districtwide due to possible exposure to COVID-19. These new developments occurred on Monday after additional contract tracing was completed.

In person learning will be on pause from Tuesday, January 12 through Wednesday, January 20 at Amsterdam High School, Lynch Literacy Academy, Tecler Elementary School and Marie Curie Institute. Teachers and staff have the option of working remotely or in their classrooms during this temporary pause.

CTE classes will be held in person as scheduled and student transportation will be provided. CTE students should follow the transportation schedules sent out by the high school building principal on Sunday. Special education outside placements will go on as usual during this period. Wednesday in person therapy services (OT/PT) will be remote on January 13 and January 20 at Tecler School.

There is NO in person pause at Barkley Elementary School and McNulty Academy at this time because staff shortages have not reach a critical level. Students and staff should report for in person learning on their normal schedule and special education outside placements will go on as usual.

GASD apologizes for these continual changes but please remember that moves like these become necessary when a significant number of GASD faculty are placed in mandatory quarantine, and a staffing shortage requires that we temporarily shift a class or entire school building to a fully remote setting, or switch to virtual services in the case of Special Needs students. We ask you to check Parent Square daily and especially over the weekend and have plans in place should shifts to remote learning become necessary.

Please continue to conduct at-home screenings and maintain personal awareness of COVID symptoms for your children. As always, the health and safety of the students, staff, and community in the GASD remains our top priority.


Richard Ruberti
GASD Superintendent of Schools