2021-22 Back to School Plan
The district’s plan regarding extracurricular programs takes into consideration the activities that will be allowed as well as mask usage, PPE usage, vaccination status where applicable, and cleaning and disinfection. The planning also takes into consideration the risk of COVID-19 transmission (e.g., interscholastic sports, assemblies and other gatherings) and is aligned with guidance from the CDC and Albany County Department of Health.
School assemblies will be held in alignment with all health and safety guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing.
Assemblies that families participate in (honor roll, attendance, etc.) will be held in alignment with the provisions of our Visitors on Campus guidelines and could be live-streamed if all participants have signed media releases.
Promotion ceremonies in the spring of 2022 will be conducted in alignment with current COVID-19 guidance at that time.
Middle school and high school
Extracurricular after-school clubs may be held in-person or virtually upon approval of the site administrator.
All celebrations, including promotion ceremonies and graduations, honor roll, PBIS, attendance, etc., will be held in alignment with established health and safety protocols and could include in-person and virtual options.
The district has developed the following guidance for high school and modified (grades 7-8) fall sports. Guidance for winter and spring sports will be determined later in the school year in alignment with COVID-19 health and safety protocols that may be necessary for those seasons.
Guidelines for fall sports are aligned with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Education Department and Albany County Department of Health.
Vaccination requirements for high-risk fall sports
The Albany County Department of Health and the New York State Department of Education recommend that high-risk sports should be virtual or cancelled in areas of high community transmission unless all participants are fully vaccinated. This recommendation is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The New York State Department of Health has identified the following fall sports as high-risk, and the district’s Board of Education has reaffirmed this guideline.
All district student-athletes in grades 7-12 must be fully vaccinated to compete against teams from other school districts in a high-risk fall sport.
The district strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination for all individuals age 12 and older. Please note that to be considered fully vaccinated an individual must be at least two weeks beyond their final COVID-19 dose.
The district also will allow student-athletes in high-risk fall sports to participate in tryouts and practices if they are partially vaccinated. That is, they will be eligible to practice if:
- They have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and have an appointment for the second dose,
- Or, if they have had their second dose but are not yet through the required two-week period to be considered fully vaccinated.
The district also will require student-athletes in high-risk sports who are partially vaccinated to consent to regular COVID-19 testing to be able to participate in tryouts and practices. However, no student-athlete in a high-risk sport will be able to take part in a competition against a team from another school district until they are fully vaccinated.
Vaccination requirements for low- and moderate-risk fall sports
Student-athletes interested in participating in low- or moderate-risk fall sports must show proof of vaccination or consent to regular COVID-19 testing throughout the season. The district strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination for all individuals age 12 and older.
The New York State Department of Health has identified the following fall sports as low- or moderate-risk, and the district’s Board of Education has reaffirmed this guideline:
- Cross country
Any student-athlete who has tested positive for COVID-19 at any point in the past must have proof of a normal electrocardiogram (EKG) to be cleared to participate in a fall sport. The EKG can have been performed at any time after the student-athlete recovered from COVID-19.
Proof of a normal EKG also is required to be able to have a district physical for all student-athletes who previously have tested positive for COVID-19. The district can assist families with arranging an EKG if necessary.
A written plan is in place for before- and after-care programs run by the district.
Guidelines regarding before- and after-care programs include required masks inside all schools and district buildings, social distancing, and cleaning and disinfection. Protocols in how to maintain cohorts, if applicable, or group members of the same household will be considered.
The district contracts with the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club of Albany for after-care, and has building-use agreements in place with the YMCA and Sidney Albert Jewish Community Center to provide fee-based after-care programs at our schools. These three providers are overseen by the Office of Child and Family Services and will follow the OCFS and New York State Department of Health guidelines for childcare.
Our contract with partners will include the health and safety protocols required for the program to be in alignment with OCFS, CDC and county health department guidelines. Our contracted programs will be monitored for compliance with regulation, health and safety protocols, and program requirements by their respective district coordinator.
Our on-site after-care programs will be housed in rooms that have been disinfected for the after-care cohorts of students prior to their use. The programs will follow the OCFS, CDC and county health department guidelines for health, safety, handwashing, health screenings, PPE and social distancing.
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.