2021-22 Back to School Plan

Instructional planning

As we have throughout the pandemic, we are continuing to monitor federal and state COVID-19 guidance and work in partnership with the Albany County Department of Health and Capital Region BOCES to plan for the 2021-22 school year. 

Our goal is a full return to daily in-person instruction at all grade levels. Our planning toward that goal prioritizes the health and safety of everyone in our school community, aligns with the scientific and medical guidance of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and our local health partners, and focuses on the academic and social-emotional needs of our students at all grade levels.

At this time, our health and safety protocols for the new school year will include the following:


Masks required inside, regardless of vaccination status


3-feet social distancing when feasible in maintaining our goal of daily in-person instruction for all students at all grade levels

  • Schools may continue to use large spaces such as libraries, gyms and cafeterias for instruction if necessary to maintain 3-feet social distancing while achieving our goal of daily in-person instruction for all students 

Polycarbonate dividers in classrooms

  • Elementary: We will use dividers in classrooms as an additional level of protection
  • Secondary: We will use dividers where necessary as an additional level of protection when maintaining 3-feet social distancing is not feasible

Temperature screening prior to entering buildings


Hand hygiene protocols


Daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols


Proper building ventilation 

  • All air-handling units have a minimum standard of MERV-8 filters; some of the newer units have MERV-12 or MERV-13 filters. We will continue the ongoing testing of our older units that are currently equipped with MERV-8 filters to determine if they can accept a higher-rated filter, which requires additional fan energy to move the air through the filter.

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.