2022-2023 COVID Updates

District COVID Updates

COVID-19 updates and guidance from the New York State Health Department, and New York State Department of Education are constantly change. Please find the most recent updates below.

Superintendent Message-COVID Procedure Updates for Families (3/3/2022)

New Making Guidance Update

School Masking and Testing Guidance: FAQs

Superintendent Message – Isolation & Quarantine Letter (1/7/2022)

Superintendent Message – Winter Sports Participation (9/20/2021)


New Lebanon CSD adopted the In-Person Learning Plan for 2021-2022 on August 19, 2021. The stakeholder group convened several times throughout the summer to develop this plan based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics, and New York State Education Department. The group included teachers, administrators, staff and parents. Please review the full document at the link below:

In-Person Learning Plan (Updated August 21, 2021)

Additionally, the district created a two-page summary of the plan, which is available as a PDF here.

Contact Tracing Guidelines

We have participated with dozens of local school districts, BOCES, and public health officials to create regional procedures for contact tracing that will be in use in several capital region counties. There are several methods we will use to determine close contacts of any positive case in our buildings, and these vary based on whether the contact was student-to-student, adult-to-student, or adult-to-adult, and for each situation in which someone may be exposed – the classroom, on the bus, in the lunchroom or during sports. These have been summarized in a series of flowcharts, available here.

Virtual Parent Forum – August 26, 2021

Superintendent Kourt will provide an update on the district’s in-person learning plan for the 2021-2022 school year, as well as answer questions from families regarding the policies and procedures in place to keep students and staff as healthy as possible at school. Please contact Superintendent Kourt at akourt@newlebanoncsd.org with any questions.

Please view the slide deck from this presentation below:

Frequently Asked Questions

The district developed a list of frequently asked questions about a number of topics, including mask wearing, physical distancing, extracurricular activities, and more.

Read the FAQ here

Testing Information

We will be conducting surveillance testing of students and staff weekly. No testing will be administered without parental consent. Consent forms will be sent out via email early in September. If you do not receive the form by Friday, September 3, please contact your building principal.

Surveillance testing calls for testing of 10% of students and staff each week, using the Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test. This is not the deep nasal swab test.

The Columbia County Department of Health (CCDOH) is highly encouraging all athletes, no matter their vaccination status to participate in weekly COVID testing. The New Lebanon CSD is asking all athletes to participate in COVID testing.  CCDOH has seen an increase in people who are vaccinated test positive with COVID.  It is our goal to keep our students safe and keep our buildings open for in person learning and extracurricular activities.  This testing measure is in abundance of caution and exceeds the CDC recommendations.  If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Superintendent Andrew Kourt at akourt@newlebanoncsd.org.


FDA COVID Testing Basics

FDA Fact Sheet on BinaxNOW testing

Additional Resources