March 15, 2020

Dear Families,

In accordance with guidance from the CDC and public health officials, the Taylor School will close our buildings for an extended period of time beginning on Tuesday, March 17.  Although Rensselaer County does not currently have any confirmed cases of COVID-19, the decision to close will assist in the mitigation of the virus as well as support our health care system in its response to the public health crisis.

Below please find the CDC guidance on school closings, which is based on the available data:

Closing schools early in the spread of disease for a short time (e.g., 2 weeks) will be unlikely to stem the spread of disease or prevent an impact on the health care system, while causing significant disruption for families, schools, and those who may be responding to COVID-19 outbreaks in health care settings. It may also increase the impact on older adults who care for grandchildren. Waiting to enact school closures until the correct time in the epidemic,  combined with other social distancing interventions allows for optimal impact despite disruption.

On Tuesday, March 17 the faculty will meet to finalize our transition to a remote learning model. On school days, teachers are planning to be engaged with their students in a variety of ways.  As you would expect, this is different for every grade.

We will be sending you detailed information on Tuesday afternoon.

The teachers are creating “Go Bags” for all students.  The bags contain learning tools that teachers will be depending on for their remote learning plans.  Teachers will be providing specific instructions for the use of the contents of the “Go Bags.”  We are planning to send the bags home on Monday; however, some teachers are awaiting delivery of items for their bags.  We may need some parents to pick up bags on Tuesday or Wednesday. Your child’s teacher and/or Mariann Haggerty will send instructions about bag pick up, if needed.

Parent-teacher conferences have been postponed indefinitely due to the challenge of remotely engaging in formal conferences with all families.  Parents can still communicate with teachers through email, just as they would if the school buildings were open.

 Taylor School’s schedule 

Monday, 3/16- Regular school day, no aftercare

Tuesday, 3/17- School closed, non-instructional day.  Staff will report to make final preparations for remote learning.

Wednesday, 3/18- Remote learning activated

Thursday, 3/19 - Remote learning

Friday, 3/20 - Scheduled non-instructional day.  No remote learning. Teachers will be remotely engaged in the previously scheduled plan for the day.

Monday, 3/23 - Thursday, 4/9- Remote learning in place

Friday, 4/10 - Friday, 4/17- Spring Recess - no remote learning

Thank you for your continued patience and support.  As we progress through the next month, I will do my best to support our students and their families. Please do not hesitate to contact me  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.