2021-22 Back to School Plan

Addressing symptoms/positive results of COVID-19

In alignment with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Albany County Department of Health, the district will implement procedures for the 2021-22 school year that address both the identification of symptoms and potential cases of COVID-19, and confirmed positive test results.

The CDC list of COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If a person in the district presents with these symptoms, or if we receive notification of a positive or potential case, the district will collaborate with the county health department in this process (in cases in which the health department notifies the district of a suspected or confirmed case, this process will begin at #3.):

1) Immediately isolate the individual and send them home. 

  • Students: A parent or guardian will need to pick up students.
  • Employees: Must enter all subsequent days of absence in the district’s Absence Management system. Human Resources will assist employees in accounting for their time appropriately.

2) Alert the county health department.

3) Coordinate with the county health department on contact tracing. Based on health department guidance, an interview will be conducted with the person demonstrating symptoms and/or testing positive in order to gather contact information and send the information to the health department.

4) Based on health department guidance, affected individuals and those that are considered contacts will be notified and informed that they should begin quarantine, if necessary, while waiting for further instructions from the health department. 

  • Note: A contact is considered someone who spent more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than 6 feet from the infected person, starting from 48 hours before symptoms and going forward, cumulatively.

5) For students in quarantine or COVID-19 symptoms: The instructional program will be virtual. The district will assure printed work or a Chromebook with Internet access is available. Meals will be arranged according to the district’s Food Service guidelines. 

  • Teachers will have  Google Classroom established for students to access asynchronous learning, tutoring and virtual office hours
  • Teachers will have a Google Meet link embedded in their Google Classroom
  • Teachers will communicate the protocols for accessing these resources

6) For employees in quarantine: Employees who exhibit symptoms while at work are required to reach out to the building’s school nurse’s office and notify their supervisor as soon as they are aware. School nurses and supervisors will speak with the employee to validate the concern and determine if there are any immediate exposures at the work location. Employees must enter all subsequent days of absence in the district’s Absence Management system. Human Resources will additionally monitor employees who are directed to stay home so they are credited with appropriate leave time (i.e., sick leave or New York State Paid Leave for COVID-19).

7) The district will follow county health department guidance regarding the appropriate notification to the impacted school or building. The purpose of the notification is to inform the impacted school or building community of a positive case of COVID-19 and the next steps.

8) The district will arrange for deep cleaning and disinfection of all the involved spaces. 

  • Note: The process for determining a possible school or building closure will be determined in alignment with the procedures described in the Distance Learning section of this plan. 

Please reference the following sections for additional information about this process. 

Anyone with questions or concerns should contact our COVID-19 safety coordinator, Dr. Laura Staff, at the Health Services Office, (518) 475-6730, or at lstaff@albany.k12.ny.us.

For more information about how health and safety protocols, trainings and notifications will be communicated to students, families and employees, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of this plan.

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.