The City School District of Albany was notified Sunday of three confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving four district schools.
One positive case involves a member of the school community at Albany High School’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center. The individual was last in the building at Abrookin on Thursday and is now quarantined at home. In alignment with Albany County Health Department guidance, there are no additional steps required at this time. The health department is continuing contact tracing and will provide further notifications to specific individuals if necessary.
Another confirmed case is a person at Eagle Point Elementary School. The individual, a member of one of the school’s third-grade classrooms, has been out of school since Oct. 16 and was identified Oct. 21 as a close contact of another person who tested positive. The district notified the Eagle Point Elementary community at that time; the individual remains quarantined at home. In alignment with health department guidance, there are no additional steps required for Eagle Point Elementary at this time. We will update you if we receive any new information or guidance from the health department.
Sunday’s third confirmed case involves a person who was on a First Student bus that serves Albany School of Humanities (ASH), William S. Hackett Middle School and the Center for Disability Services’ Kevin G. Langan School in Albany. This individual was last on the bus Oct. 20 and now is quarantined at home. Also in alignment with health department guidance, there no additional steps required for any of the three schools at this time. The health department is continuing contact tracing and will provide further notifications to specific individuals if necessary.
Health and safety procedures at all district buildings and on all First Student buses include cleaning and sanitizing nightly. We will continue with these procedures, and all buildings and buses district-wide also will continue to follow all required COVID-19 precautions (pre-arrival symptom screening and temperature screening for students and staff, wearing masks, hand hygiene, social distancing of 6 feet or more, and other precautions).
We also would like to remind everyone of steps you can take to help be safe:
- Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet at all times from those you don’t live with.
- Always wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose when you are out of your home.
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently when out of your home. If you cannot use soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Don’t touch the eyes, nose or mouth unless your hands are clean.
- Complete the Student COVID-19 Screener each day before your child leaves for school, available from the Students/Families dropdown menu above.
- 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.
- You can get a COVID-19 test by calling the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 364-3065, or Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center at (518) 407-0172 or (518) 465-4771.
- You also can find resources here: