2021-22 Back to School Plan

Vulnerable Populations

The district recognizes that some students are at an increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness, live with a person who is at an increased risk, or simply do not feel comfortable returning to an in-person educational environment. It is our goal that these individuals are able to safely participate in educational activities.

The district is participating in the Capital Region BOCES K-12 Regional Virtual School, which is designed for families that may need a remote option for medically fragile students and students with other medical considerations that may require a virtual option. The district distributed a survey during August to allow families to express interest in the BOCES virtual option. The survey closed Aug. 23 and the district is working with those families that responded affirmatively to assess eligibility based on the BOCES criteria regarding medical considerations.

The district is not providing a separate virtual option during the 2021-22 school year. Families that did not choose or are not eligible for the BOCES virtual option and are interested in home-schooling must provide written notice to the district. For more information on the home-schooling process, families should contact Assistant Director Karla McDowell in our Pupil Personnel Services Department at (518) 475-6130 or kmcdowell@albany.k12.ny.us.

In addition, a family with a student with special needs or a student who is medically fragile and may not be able to maintain social distancing, hand or respiratory hygiene, or wear a face mask, should consult with their child’s healthcare provider so that an informed decision can be made on how best to meet the child’s needs at school while protecting their health and safety.

Planning and coordination of school health services personnel, special education staff, pupil personnel services and administration will be completed for all vulnerable populations. The district will create alternate plans on how to best meet the needs of the child for on-site learning in collaboration with all stakeholders.

Similarly, employees that express concern about returning to their building due to compromised immune systems, underlying health conditions or the need to care for family members will be connected with the Human Resources Division to discuss reasonable accommodation options.

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.