The City School District of Albany was notified Wednesday of six new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The individuals and their unvaccinated contacts are quarantining at home.
Two cases are associated with Albany High School. One of those is associated with ninth grade. This individual was last in the building Nov. 10. The Albany County Health Department has identified 19 contacts, six of whom are not required to quarantine as they are fully vaccinated. In Albany High’s second case, the individual was last in the building Nov. 12. The health department has identified no additional contacts.
Another case is associated with Arbor Hill Elementary School. This individual was last in the building Nov. 12. The health department has identified one additional contact, but that person is not required to quarantine as they are fully vaccinated.
Another case is associated with a fifth-grade classroom at Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy. This individual was last in the building Nov. 12. The health department has identified 60 additional contacts, seven of whom are not required to quarantine as they are fully vaccinated. As a result of this case, the affected fifth-grade classroom has switched to distance learning and will return in-person Nov. 23.
Another case is associated with 10th grade at Tony Clement Center for Education. This individual was last in the building Nov. 16. The health department has identified 16 additional contacts, four of whom are not required to quarantine as they are fully vaccinated.
Wednesday’s final case is associated with eighth grade at William S. Hackett Middle School. This individual was last in the building Nov. 12. The health department has identified 15 additional contacts.
Health and safety procedures at all district buildings continue to include cleaning and sanitizing. We will continue with these procedures, and also will continue to follow all required COVID-19 precautions (wearing masks inside all district buildings, hand hygiene, social distancing of 3 feet or more in all classrooms, and other precautions).
We also would like to remind everyone of steps you can take to help be safe:
- Maintain social distance at all times from those you don’t live with.
- Always wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose when inside at school or when your student is riding a bus to or from school.
- 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.
- 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:
- In alignment with the recommendations of federal, state and local health and medical professionals, the City School District of Albany strongly encourages everyone 12 and older who is eligible and able to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
- You can find information about COVID-19 vaccinations on the Albany County Health Department website: