2021-22 Back to School Plan

Communication/Family and Community Engagement

Effective two-way communication is a foundational element of strong relationships that help all students succeed. These needs, and our district’s commitment to meeting them, are true now more than ever as the COVID-19 continues into the 2021-22 school year. 

To help inform our 2021-22 Back to School Plan, the district has aligned with all applicable guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the New York State Education Department, the Albany County Health Department and Capital Region BOCES. 

The district will use its existing communication channels – including but not limited to our website, Facebook, Twitter, SchoolMessenger, district email, direct mail to families and flyer distribution in the community.

You can use our online Feedback form if you have questions or would like additional information, and you also can connect with your child’s teacher or building principal. 


Meeting our families’ language needs

To facilitate translation, we will continue to encourage all stakeholders to visit our website whenever possible to benefit from the G-Translate function, which translates content on our website into more than 100 languages. 

The Communications and ENL and Refugee Services departments will work closely to make information and materials available to our Karen-speaking community, as the G-Translate tool does not currently include Karen. 

The district also will continue to work with a translation service to provide print communications to families in our top 10 languages. We also use Language Line Solutions to assist families with translation for a range of services and needs, including registration.


Community engagement

Each year, the district’s Community Engagement Department plans a series of monthly Parent University meetings. The district has shifted to virtual delivery of our Parent University content during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue with that practice in 2021-22. 

Our Parent University planning for this fall will include content specifically related to a range of health, safety and wellness topics associated with attending school with COVID-19 precautions in place. These virtual sessions will include guidance and information for students, families and community members from internal and external experts.

You can visit our Parent University section for more information.

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.