The City School District of Albany continues to monitor all guidance and recommended precautions relating to COVID-19 on an ongoing basis. Please use the following resources to stay informed and learn more. We appreciate your cooperation as we work together to respond to these health concerns.
School is scheduled to resume beginning April 15.
New items include updates on Chromebook distribution and Google Classroom, and a reminder about the April 7 board meeting
New updates include Google Classroom guidance, Chromebook distribution, the 2020 Census and picking up medication.
We would like to share information about practices you can take at home to help reduce the spread of a variety of illnesses, including the flu and COVID-19, and help your family stay healthy.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. We have asked our building principals to make sure that all students have the opportunity to wash their hands before lunch each day, and over the next few weeks we will be installing hand-sanitizer dispensers in high-traffic areas at each school.
- Know the signs and symptoms of flu – fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache and feeling very tired. Some people may also have nausea or vomiting.
- If you or a family member show any of these symptoms, particularly symptoms of a respiratory illness, talk with your health-care provider.
- Teach your children to cover their mouths with a tissue or the inside of their elbow or arm – instead of their hands – when they cough or sneeze.
- Keep sick children home while they have flu symptoms, and for 24 hours after the fever goes away without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
- Teach your children not to share items like toothbrushes, drinks, food or eating utensils.
- If your child has chronic health problems and displays flu-like symptoms, contact your health-care provider immediately.
OCFS childcare survey
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is asking parents, guardians and caregivers who are in need of childcare to complete a Parent Need for Childcare survey.
Based on the information collected in this survey, OCFS may be able to help families find the childcare program to meet their needs. It may be a challenge to find childcare due to COVID-19-related closures. However, OCFS is trying its best to support families to find high-quality childcare programs.
The OCFS website also has several resources available.
YMCA childcare partnership
A reminder that the district is partnering with the YMCA to offer childcare services for health and emergency-response personnel. The YMCA is administering and staffing the program, which operates from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at the following six schools:
- Arbor Hill Elementary School, 1 Arbor Drive
- Eagle Point Elementary School, 1044 Western Ave.
- Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 274 South Pearl St.
- New Scotland Elementary School, 369 New Scotland Ave.
- Schuyler Achievement Academy, 676 Clinton Ave.
- Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 400 Sheridan Ave.
The program has a limited capacity, with a maximum of 30 children per school (three classrooms with 10 children). The YMCA is staffing each room with two employees.
Online registration is available. Health and emergency personnel needing childcare are also welcome to call the YMCA at (518) 869-3500.
We have included these additional helpful resources below to provide more information on COVID-19.
- U.S Centers for Disease Control
- New York State Department of Health
- New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline – 888-364-3065
Below are resources that address social-emotional needs of all stakeholders, including students, during an infectious disease outbreak.
- School Mental Health and Training Center
- NYS Office of Mental Health
- Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Below are resources that may be helpful in talking to children about COVID-19:
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
- Fear of Coronavirus—A Good Time to Talk to Kids About Keeping Fears Realistic and ManageableTalking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
The National Association of School Psychologists offers a wide range of suggestions to help parents and guardians talk with children about COVID-19. These suggestions include remaining calm and assuring, making yourself available to young people, keeping explanations age-appropriate, avoiding excessive blaming, monitoring television and social media exposure, maintaining a normal routine to the extent possible, being honest and accurate, knowing the symptoms of COVID-19, reviewing and modeling basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices for protection, and discussing new rules or practices for school.
In addition to the Google Translate feature available here on our website, we also have the following translated versions of print letters in our top languages.