The City School District of Albany was notified Wednesday of 29 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Each person is quarantining at home.
Two cases involve the district’s administrative offices at Academy Park. One person was last in the building on May 2 and the other on April 29.
Three cases involve Albany High School, and all the people were last in school May 2. None of the cases is associated with a particular grade, and one case involves Albany High’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center.
Three cases involve Albany School of Humanities (ASH).
- Two cases are associated with people not assigned to a particular grade. One person was last in school May 4 and the other on May 2.
- One case is associated with second grade, and the person was last in school April 29.
Seven cases involve Delaware Community School, and all the people were last in school April 29. One case is associated with kindergarten, three cases with first grade, two cases with second grade and one case with third grade.
One case involves Edmund J. O’Neal School of Excellence. The person is not associated with a particular grade and was last in school April 25.
Two cases involve Giffen Memorial Elementary School. One case is associated with third grade, and the person was last in school May 4. The other case is associated with fifth grade, and the person was last in school May 2.
One case involves Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center. The person is not associated with a particular grade and was last in the building on May 2.
Four cases involve New Scotland Elementary School.
- One case is associated with first grade, and the person was last in school May 2.
- In three of the cases, the people were last in school April 29. One case is associated with prekindergarten, one with kindergarten and one with fourth grade.
One case involves North Albany Middle School. The person is not associated with a particular grade and was last in school May 2.
One case involves Pine Hills Elementary School. The person is associated with third grade and was last in school April 29.
Two cases involve Sheridan Preparatory Academy, and both people were last school April 29. Neither case is associated with a particular grade.
Two cases involve Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). One case is associated with fourth grade, and the person was last in school May 2. The other case is not associated with a particular grade, and the person was last in school April 29.
Please be reminded that schools no longer are required to quarantine individuals who in the past have been identified as contacts of a person who tests positive. We will now identify anyone within a 6-foot radius of a positive individual as having been exposed and provide notification to that individual or, in the case of a student, their parent or guardian. We will continue to report positive cases.
Health and safety procedures continue at all district buildings and on buses, including cleaning and sanitizing. We also would like to remind everyone of steps you can take to help be safe:
1. While masks are now optional in all school buildings in New York and, in our school district, on First Student buses that transport students, the state continues to require masks for everyone riding public transportation, which includes CDTA buses that serve our schools. The district will respect the personal decision of all individuals and families regarding wearing masks in those settings where they are now optional.
2. Wash hands with soap and water frequently when out of your home. If you cannot use soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
3. Don’t touch the eyes, nose or mouth unless your hands are clean.
4. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WHEN THEY ARE SICK OR HAVE SYMPTOMS:
- Signs of COVID-19 are fever, fatigue/tiredness, muscle/body aches or pains, congestion, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea, headache, loss of taste or smell, rash, feeling sick or unwell in any way.
- Please notify your school nurse if you are keeping your child home from school with symptoms; you can find that contact information on your school’s page at www.albanyschools.org.
5. We continue to encourage everyone 5 and older who is able and eligible to get vaccinated.
- The Albany County Health Department offers frequent opportunities for free COVID-19 vaccinations in a variety of locations. You can learn more at https://www.albanycounty.com/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccination
- Crossgates Mall is one of 10 vaccination sites statewide for children 5-11. You can get an appointment at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
- To find additional locations near you, visit vaccines.gov or call 800-232-0233.