Community Resources during COVID19

As we continue to manage the impacts of COVID19 in our communities we wanted to share some helpful resources for our families. We will continue to update this page as we receive new information and resources.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) –

Here are some common questions and answers regarding COVID19 and the response from Schalmont Schools.

FAQ’s about Schalmont and COVID19


FAQ on Coronavirus


COVID Testing Near You


  Coronavirus Travel Restrictions and Guides


CDC Guidance on wearing masks


Food Resources –

Any  Schalmont  Family that needs meals may fill out the following form.


**The last Pick-up for Weekend Backpack food bags will be Friday, June 12, 2020.**

If you are receiving Free or Reduced meals through the Schalmont District you may complete this form (CLICK HERE) to receive pick-ups during the closure. Delivery is available in certain circumstances by request.

If you received the Weekend Backpack Program you can continue the pickups by filling out this form (CLICK HERE) to arrange a pickup.

The Northeast Regional Food Bank is also open to all families in the Capital Region.

Food Pantries in Schenectady

Dollars for Scholars

Dollars for ScholarsSchalmont Dollars for Scholars is an all-volunteer organization whose goal has been to provide at least six $500 scholarships a year to deserving high school seniors through an application process. The group also administers several memorial scholarships set up by friends and family to honor deceased relatives.

Volunteer for Dollars for Scholars

We need your help! New board members are sought as well as ideas for fundraising, selection, and administration of scholarships. We meet four or five times per year, usually at 7 p.m. in the high school library. It is not necessary for committee members to attend every meeting. If you have time to volunteer or would like to have your name placed on the phone-a-thon list, please contact Felicia Amoroso at

Phone-a-thon fundraising campaign

Dollars for Scholars conduct its annual phone-a-thon each spring. During that time, Schalmont High School students will call local residents and businesses to ask for tax-deductible contributions to student scholarships.

Local residents and businesses may make tax-deductible contributions to Schalmont student scholarships at any time of the year by mailing a check made payable to “Schalmont Dollars for Scholars” to:

Schalmont Dollars for Scholars
93 West Campbell Road, PO Box 6119
Schenectady, NY 12306

Applying for Scholarships

All Schalmont seniors are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Applications are available on the Schalmont website and must be submitted to the guidance office by the deadline. Awards are made by a committee of volunteers. Students’ names are removed from the applications to guarantee an unbiased selection. Academics, leadership, work ethic and service are all taken into consideration. View all scholarship information and applications available for the current school year.

Dollars for Scholars Application:

The group has a yearly goal of raising enough funds to provide six $500 scholarships to deserving Schalmont seniors. In addition, they have been privileged to receive several named awards, which were provided by family and friends to honor certain individuals.

Named Scholarships Available:

Special Named Scholarships are listed on the cover page of the application. The members of the Dollars for Scholars Committee are extremely grateful for the generosity of the individuals who have provided funding for these awards. All applicants for named scholarships must fill out a Dollars for Scholars application. Some scholarships have additional criteria that must be met.

Parent Portal

The Parent Portal provides registered parents/guardians with access to their particular students’ attendance information by period, schedule, report card grades, progress reports, and more. Learn how to access and register for Parent Portal.

Childcare for First Responders

New York State is using a portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds to provide child care to income-eligible essential workers at no cost. Essential workers who must work outside of the home and who are using a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available. All licensed and regulated providers who are caring for essential workers are able to participate in this new program.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, families must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four that equals an annual income of $78,600.

Parents are asked to complete the following application for the CARES Child Care Scholarship via the link below. It informs parents that the application will be considered complete once the online application is finished AND the required supplemental documentation is submitted to Brightside Up, the Childcare Resource and Referral Agency (CCRA) for Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady counties. For parents that currently receive a subsidy from their local DSS to pay for child care, this scholarship can cover the parent co-pay. Parents should apply for the CARES Act Scholarship, and then contact their local Department of Social Services to get a letter stating their current co-pay. Please address any questions to Tricia Howland at

Click here for the COVID-19 CARES Child Care Scholarship Application

If you are looking for child care, the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRR) is a great place to start. They will ask you about the kind of care you are looking for, the ages of your children, the hours of care you need and other specifics such as any special needs your child might have. Based on that information, they will be able to give you a list of providers that most closely meet your needs. Please contact:

Brightside Up (formally Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc.)

Ms. Abbe Kovacik, Executive Director
91 Broadway
Menands, NY 12204

Phone: (518) 426-7181, ext. 323
Fax: (518) 426-9649

Childcare available through YMCA for healthcare workers, first responders 

As part of the COVID-19 response effort, the superintendents and school districts of the Capital Region BOCES are working with the Capital District YMCA to bring childcare resources to the families of emergency personnel in local communities. Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, YMCA branch locations throughout the Capital Region will be offering school-age childcare for emergency personnel (physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.).

Local school leaders are also working with the YMCA and other childcare providers to bring additional childcare options for emergency personnel to their school communities. Information regarding these options is forthcoming and YMCA to Provide Childcare to Essential Workers UPDATED 03.23.20

For enrollment information in the YMCA school-age programs, please visit or call 518-869-3500.

The Capital District YMCA is providing childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at their 4 Early Learning Centers:

Clifton Park KidzLodge Early Learning Center – 47 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065 — 518.881.0055

Duanesburg  Early Learning Center — 185 Mott Rd, Duanesburg, NY 12056– 518.356.6400

Glenville Learning Ladder Early Learning Center — 547 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302– 518.360.8090

Scotia Thelma P. Lally Early Learning Center — 204 S. Ten Broeck Street, Scotia, NY 12302 — 518.374.4914

Families needing childcare resources for non-school-age children (birth to age five) can contact A Childs Place at Unity House at or 518-271-6777.

Additional childcare resources in the Capital Region can also be found by contacting BrightsideUp (formerly the Capital District Child Care Council) at or 518-426-7181.

Even more, resources are available to Schalmont families located in this Link

 If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent’s need for child care survey. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however, the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high-quality child care that they need. In addition, the OCFS website has several resources available

Local Daycare Solutions

Capital District YMCA @ Jefferson Elementary
Birch Tree Day Care
Gina’s Daycare
Mama Deb’s Daycare
Amorosi, Joyce
Bates, Patricia
Cartier, Lisa
Next Best Thing
Sunshine & Smiles Daycare
Valentine, Jacqueline

Technology Issues –

We do understand that WiFi and cable services may not be available to some of our families. If you do not have access and can’t gain access you may contact the District at 518.355.9200 to arrange for hard copy assignments.

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.

The Schalmont Schools Help Desk is going to be available for your support needs! Parents or students who are experiencing technical issues please use the Help Desk. Call 518-355-9200 x3099 or send an email to . Some common trouble tips for students are available on the Help Desk site at .


Bethel Full Gospel and Sonrise Bible Church have partnered together to provide internet access. You can access the internet from the parking lot.

Here is the login information:

Network: Sonrise-Guest
Password: Welcome!

All elementary age students will require a parent or guardian to accompany their child. We also recommend a parent for middle school and high school students, but it is not mandatory.

We will begin providing this service on MONDAY, MARCH 23.

The following schedule will be followed:
Bethel Full Gospel Church
3625 Guilderland Ave
Schenectady, NY 12306
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
9am-12pm & 5pm-8pm

Sonrise Bible Church
1082 Dunnsville Rd
Schenectady NY 12306
Tuesday & Thursday
9am-12pm & 5pm-8pm

Mental and Physical Wellbeing –

If you or any member of your family are feeling overly stressed or feeling that you need to speak with a professional regarding your situation please reach out to our qualified Social Workers. They will gladly assist or help refer you to local community resources. Please contact Shari Rosato for more information ( 

If you need help in talking to your kids about COVID19 here are some helpful links Talking to kids about COVID19, Mental Health and Coping through COVID19


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