2021-22 Back to School Plan

Distance Learning

In the event of quarantine or weather conditions, a shift to distance learning may be warranted. The district will collaborate with the Albany County Department of Health to determine the parameters, conditions or metrics (e.g., increased absenteeism or increased illness in school community) that will serve as early warning signs that positive COVID-19 cases may be increasing beyond an acceptable level.

Building administrators are to communicate regularly with their supervisors and district leadership if attendance rates impact the ability of the school to operate safely. The decision to close schools is made collaboratively and in consultation with the superintendent, the district's medical director, county health department, and local and state agencies.

In the event that a quarantine or other event such as a weather-related emergency affects a class, grade, school or schools, or the entire district, instruction will shift to distance learning. The district is equipped with 1:1 Chromebook devices to allow all students access to their remote instructional environments and resources. 

Shifts to distance learning for emergency weather-related days will be reserved for extreme circumstances. 

For more information about how the district will transition to distant learning will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening 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.