2021-22 Back to School Plan

Infection control strategies

Hand sanitizer dispensers are installed throughout each building, with particular attention to those areas that may not have ready sink access, such as entrances, offices, gyms, cafes, etc., to provide that alternative for employees and students with staff supervision.

We have installed polycarbonate dividers to separate employees in areas where they are unable to continuously socially distance. Additionally, we have procured dividers better known as “sneeze guards” for use in office, reception areas, etc., to provide a protective barrier, beyond the requirement to wear a mask, for these employees who have routine contact with other employees and visitors.

There will be signage throughout the buildings, including signs about wearing masks at the points of entry and handwashing signage in bathrooms and near sinks throughout the schools.

Additionally, we have reduced the desk count in classrooms to allow for students to remain 3 feet socially distanced in their classrooms wherever possible. At the elementary level, because children under 12 are not currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, we will use polycarbonate dividers to separate student desks as an additional precautionary measure as appropriate. At the secondary level, in cases where 3 feet of social distancing is not possible, we also will use polycarbonate dividers as an additional precautionary measure.

It is our intent for elementary students to remain in their classroom for meals as well to minimize movement or gathering of students during the day.

At the secondary level, we will repurpose other spaces within the schools as needed to accommodate lunch in a manner that provides social distancing and limits the number of students gathered in larger spaces such as libraries, gyms and cafeterias.

For additional information about how we will implement infection control strategies around cleaning and sanitizing, building entry and exit, handwashing and hygiene, and other areas, please refer to the Cleaning and Disinfecting section of our plan.

The district also is prepared to implement required mask-wearing, cleaning and sanitizing, and other procedures on buses that transport students to school. For more information around those procedures, please refer to the Transportation 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.