2021-22 Back to School Plan


COVID-19 continues to impact all of society as we begin the 2021-22 school year. The City School District of Albany, like districts across our state and throughout the country, has prepared for the new school year with the health and safety of our entire school community at the forefront of our planning.

The district’s 2021-22 Back to School Plan presents a comprehensive overview of the district’s vision for returning to school in September with full daily in-person instruction for all of our nearly 9,000 students. This plan includes procedures that all district schools and buildings will follow.

This plan incorporates the latest guidance, recommendations and requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the New York State Education Department and the Albany County Department of Health. It is up-to-date as we begin the 2021-22 school year and is subject to change as we move through the school year based on new and evolving guidance. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision-making throughout the school year.

While the district will offer in-person instruction to all students five days a week, we recognize that remote instruction may be preferable to some families for medical reasons. For information about remote learning options, please visit the Vulnerable Populations/Accommodations section of this plan.  

District Medical Director Dr. Laura Staff will continue to serve as the district’s COVID-19 coordinator for the 2021-22 school year. Dr. Staff will work closely with the Albany County Department of Health and will serve as a central contact for schools and all stakeholders, including families, employees and other school community members. Dr. Staff will ensure the district is in compliance and following the best practices per state and federal guidelines.

The City School District of Albany continues to work in collaboration with our state and local health and education partners and medical professionals to review the latest COVID-19 guidance and recommendations. As new information is provided to us, we will update this document accordingly.