2021-22 Back to School Plan

Return to school after illness

The district has established protocols and procedures, in consultation with the Albany County Department of Health, about the requirements for determining when individuals, particularly students, who screened positive for COVID-19 symptoms can return to school. 

This protocol includes:

  1. Documentation from a healthcare provider following evaluation 
  2. Negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result 
  3. Symptom resolution, or if COVID-19-positive, release from isolation

The district will refer to the health department’s Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure regarding protocols and policies for faculty and staff seeking to return to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, or after the faculty or staff member had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.

Employees who have a suspected or confirmed case are put in contact with the district’s medical director and the Human Resources Division to monitor their progress and collect necessary medical clearances before they are allowed to return to work.

The district requires that unvaccinated individuals who were exposed to the COVID-19 virus complete quarantine and are asymptomatic before returning to school or work in-person. The discharge of an unvaccinated individual from quarantine and return to in-person activities will be conducted in coordination with the district’s medical director and the county health department.

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.