Re-Opening 2020-2021 Plans

January 5th, 2021

Good Afternoon,

The Granville CSD has been made aware of a member of our Jr/Sr that has tested positive for COVID 19 over the holiday break. The individual was not in school at the time or since and as a result, the district has not needed to quarantine or interrupt regular operations.

The county health department is involved and has or will be making calls to impacted individuals.  Those that are identified are being informed that they must quarantine for 10 days from contact.

To date, we have been extremely fortunate to avoid repeated interruptions to our program. I would urge everyone to continue to adhere to all health and safety protocols while in school, at home and out in the community. Together we can minimize the impact and help to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.


Thomas D. McGurl



December 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been the goal of the Granville Central School district to provide your child with the education they need and deserve during this difficult time. We have been met with many obstacles that we feel we have been able to overcome or adapt to. In the interest of keeping our families informed of any changes that occur at the Granville Central School District we would like to address the topic of testing our students, faculty, and staff for COVID-19 as directed by the New York State Cluster Action Initiative. 

Under the NYS Cluster Action Initiative regional areas of the state could be placed in yellow, orange or red zones. Determination of these zones is dependent on positivity rates, new cases and hospital admissions. If the Granville Central School District was to be placed in a yellow zone (the least restrictive zone), we could continue to remain open to in-person instruction as long as we follow specific testing procedures. These procedures mandate us to perform random COVID-19 tests on 20% of our in-person population (students, faculty, and staff). This testing must take place over a 2-week period following the designation of a yellow zone. It is possible that if the results of our testing yield lower positivity rates than the yellow zone’s current 7-day positivity rate, then we will no longer be required to test as long as we remain in a yellow zone. Should our results show a higher positivity rate than the yellow zone, we will have to continue to test another unique 20% of individuals on a bi-weekly basis. This is the minimum standard we must adhere to. If we were to be placed in an orange or a red zone, we would have to test a larger percentage of our population.

Every student that is tested for COVID-19 has to give consent. No child will be tested without parent/guardian consentIf we do not receive enough consent to test 20% of the in-person population then we will have to resort to fully remote instruction. The consent form is available on the school’s website. If you are unable to access that, please let us know and one will be mailed to you. Any students who are currently fully remote do not need to have consent as they will not be tested. No student will be excluded from in-person if they do not have consent. 

We are working with an independent agency, Adirondack Health and Wellness, who will be performing the tests should it become necessary. A quick video is available on our website to reference how a test is performed. An informational guide of Frequently Asked Questions is also available on the website. We encourage you to view and discuss these with your child. The goal is to inform them not to scare them.

If you have questions regarding testing, we ask that you reach out to your child’s school nurse. Thank you for your time and attention to this important matter.

 Testing Letter & FAQ Sheet

*Please Fill Out* - Google Form for Testing Consent

How is the testing performed - 

Click to see the video

**An Updated Message from Washington County - Holiday Travel**

In the Event of a Positive COVID Test Result on Campus


September 18, 2020

Dear Parents, Faculty and Staff,

As the school districts across New York State have reopened for the 2020-2021 school year, the guidelines for the daily operation of the district continues to be reviewed, modified, and updated.  Specifically, the Department of Health has provided revised protocol in the event that there is a Confirmed COVID positive case in the district.

If the Washington County Department of Health has a confirmed positive COVID diagnosis of a student, faculty, or staff member, the district will be applying an automatic closure and period of remote learning for the entire building in which the positive case exists for a minimum period of twenty-four (24) hours.  During this period, the district will work in conjunction with the Department of Health, who will begin their initial investigation and contact tracing procedure.  The results of the Department of Health investigation will then determine the extent of the possible exposure and their recommendations for further quarantine and/or reopening the district. 

In the event that we have a positive case on campus, I will notify the community of that fact as well as the date(s) of the closure via Robo-Call as well as a posting on our website.  As such, it is VERY important that the district has an accurate telephone number as well as email address for you.  While we hope that the district will continue to remain COVID free, we want be sure we inform our community of the various scenarios that we may encounter. 

We appreciate your continued support of the district during these trying times.  If you should have any questions regarding this information, I would encourage you to please contact your child’s administrator or myself.



Tom McGurl

Superintendent of Schools

additional reopening

Please see below for our ReOpening Plans for 2020-2021

Not only do we have a document for reference and information, but our administrators have created videos with information on the 2020-2021 ReOpening. 

  Click Image for ReOpening Document

Building Plans - Overview

Alternate Pick Up / Drop Off Location Request 

Please watch the videos below for further explanation of the written plan.

Superintendent Thomas McGurl

Mr. Morcone - MJT Principal

Ms. Talmadge - GES Principal

Mrs. Meade - Jr/Sr High School Principal

Mrs. Clark - Director of Pupil Services (Special Education)