District updates and resources on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Greater Johnstown School District will use this web page to share information and resources regarding the COVID pandemic as the circumstances warrant.

Any time-sensitive, critical information will be shared via the district’s School Messenger notification system, which can send e-mails, text messages and phone calls.


  • All GJSD schools will be closed through April 15, 2020
  • We are closely monitoring the situation at the state and local levels and will let you know if that closure needs to be extended.
  • All school-related programs and activities are cancelled until further notice.
  • While our schools are closed, our playgrounds will also be closed for use by our families and community.
  • NYSED has suspended NYS Assessments for Grades 3-8 for the remainder of the school year.

School District Updates

Grab & Go Meals Available for Children

The Johnstown School District will be providing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch weekdays starting on Tuesday, March 17.  All children age 18 and under can  pick up meals during the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the main entrance of the high school.  Families can drive around the front loop at the high school to reach the meal distribution area.  Please notify a staff member at the distribution area about any food allergies.

Home Learning for Students and Families

We are committed to providing educational engagement for our students during this extended school closure, but it is important to acknowledge that there are practical limits to instructional program continuity. Instead, our goal is to share a variety of resources for parent-guided and self-guided learning for students.

GJSD Online Learning Resources

Online resources are available to students and families for access throughout the COVID-19 closure. These resources can be accessed through ClassLink, the District’s app dashboard.

See the links below for help accessing online resources:

GJSD Paper Packets

If your child does not have access to a computer and Internet at home, paper packets are available.  Packets may be picked up at the Johnstown High School Auditorium Entrance (JPAC) weekdays between 10:30AM and 12:00PM Friday, March 20 – Friday, March 27.

GJSD Tech Assistance for Students

Please note that tech support is limited while students are home, but the District can provide password support and resets as needed. See links under the “Learning Resources” section above for IT request information.

Online Access

Spectrum is offering free Internet access to households that have students sent home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Call 844-488-8395 for more information.

WMHT Public Media Educational Programming Block

WMHT is offering an educational programming block and online resources targeted at students’ pre-k through 12. For the complete programming schedule, related resources, and additional home learning opportunities, visit wmht.org/homeclassroom.

Special Education Services During Closure

In light of the school closings and rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis, the GJSD Special Education Department is dedicated to providing students with as much support as we can.  At this time, all scheduled CSE meetings are continuing to run as scheduled. Meetings are taking place at the High School Special Education office. However, you do not need to be physically present to participate in these meetings.  Access has also been provided to video and phone conferencing. Families and community members should check their emails and phone messages for information on the link to participate via these platforms.

We encourage all families to work with students at home by utilizing the information provided by classroom teachers through instructional resource packets and/or online instructional resources.  IEP service providers will be reaching out to families for OT, PT, Speech, and Counseling to check in on students and provide weekly support and guidance as well.

Throughout this time, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 518-736-1708 or email nlent@johnstownschools.org.

Childcare for Essential Workers and First Responders

In accordance with state guidance related to the COVID-19 response effort, GJSD is working with local child care providers to support essential personnel in our community.

If you hold one of these occupations and you need or will need childcare services, please complete this childcare for essential employees survey as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please contact Cory Cotter at 518-762-4611 or ccotter@johnstownschools.org

Information Resources

World Health Organization

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NYS Department of Health

Call NYSDOH hotline at 1-888-364-3065  for more information about Coronavirus

Fulton County Department of Health

Contact the Fulton County Department of Health:
County Services Complex
2714 State Highway 29
Johnstown, NY 12095
Phone: (518) 736-5720

Talking to Children about the Coronavirus

Social and Emotional Resources

Need support from your school counselor during this time?

Please call 518-762-1708 and leave a detailed message. We will be sure that your call is returned by your counselor or your child’s counselor as soon as possible!

Family Counseling Center Warm Line

Phone number 518-725-4310, ext. 333
Hours of operation 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

It’s staffed by licensed Family Peer Advocates to support people dealing with anxiety and other issues related to COVID – 19 and being isolated.

NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline

8 AM – 10 PM, 7 days a week

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