Greater Amsterdam School District created the Family Advocate position to enhance communication between home and school by providing information about resources and options available for your child.
The focus of the Greater Amsterdam School District’s Counseling Department is to provide a Developmental School Counseling Program consisting of a comprehensive plan of academic, career, and personal development. The program is an essential part of the total school program and supports the goals established for all students.
School Climate & Culture
Dignity for All Students Act
A regulation named the Dignity for All Students Act went into effect July 1, 2012 in New York State. Its purpose is to ensure that all elementary and secondary public school students have the right to attend school in an environment that is free of discrimination, harassment, and bullying.
Contact the GASD DASA Coordinator for more information
Our children have many opportunities for socializing online, but they come with certain risks. Parents can help reduce these risks by talking to kids about making safe, responsible decisions.
- Place the computer in the most public room in your home.
- Establish ground rules for Internet usage.
- Share time online by surfing on the Internet with your child.
- Instruct your child not to give out personal information without your permission.
- Instruct your child never to respond to email or chat messages that make them feel uncomfortable. (And ensure that your child reports such messages to you when/if they occur.)
- Check your computer’s Internet history, monitor your child’s email and blogs and let him/her know why you will do this.
- Know exactly what various parental control tools can and cannot do and how they work.
Internet Safety Websites
GASD Technology Plan
Sex Offender Information
In accordance with New York State’s Sex Offender Registration Act, local law enforcement agencies will, at their discretion, be notifying officials at the Greater Amsterdam School District of sex offenders living or working in this district. Such information may include the offender’s address or zip code. All information the district receives from local law enforcement can be accessed here. If you have any questions, please contact the reporting law enforcement agency.
Out of School Suspension Education Program
Established in 2007, the district’s Out of School Suspension Educational Program (OSSEP) was designed to provide academic support to students who are suspended from Amsterdam High School or Lynch Literacy Academy.
This full-day academic program — which includes breakfast, lunch and busing services — is run at Amsterdam High School.
Codes of Conduct
- Elementary School Code of Conduct
- Lynch Literacy Academy’s Code of Conduct
- Amsterdam High School’s Code of Conduct
As of September 2015, all school meals will be free for students attending Amsterdam public schools.
Studies show that students who are well-nourished have increased problem-solving abilities, memory, verbal fluency and creativity. The challenge is to make nutritious foods that students will actually eat. Greater Amsterdam School District, working through The Abbey Group, strives to provide a variety of daily choices that are not only nutritious, but appealing to students in our schools.
Though all district students receive free meals, the state requires families to complete these forms to ensure students continue to eat for free.
Transportation shall be provided to eligible students residing in the GASD district in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and local policies.
All students K-5 who live outside the city will be transported from their legal residences to their home school. Grades K-5 who live inside the city will be transported if they live more than one mile from their legal residence to their home school. Grades 6-12, who live inside or outside the city, will be transported if they live more than 1.5 miles from their legal residence to their school.
Students may be required to walk an equivalent distance to a bus stop.
The GASD Transportation Department will automatically use the residence address in eSchool for busing assignments. If you need transportation to a different address, fill out the alternate transportation form here. Please note that the schedule must be consistent throughout the school year; no rotating schedules will be permitted. and only one additional change per year will be allowed.