The City School District of Albany was notified Monday of 27 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Each person is quarantining at home.
Three cases involve Albany High School, and all the people were last in school May 20. One involves 10th grade, one involves 12th grade and one involves a person not associated with a particular grade.
Two cases involve Albany School of Humanities (ASH). One case is not associated with a particular grade, and the person was last in school May 19. The other case is associated with third grade, and the person was last in school May 16.
One case involves Arbor Hill Elementary School. The person is not associated with a particular grade and was last in school May 20.
Two cases involve Giffen Memorial Elementary School. Both people were last in school May 20, and neither is associated with a particular grade.
One case involves Montessori Magnet School. The person is not associated with a particular grade and was last in school May 20.
Five cases involve New Scotland Elementary School, and all were last in school May 20. One case involves third grade, two cases involve fourth grade and two cases involve fifth grade.
Six cases involve North Albany Middle School. None of the cases is associated with a particular grade. Five of the people were last in school May 20, and one was last in school May 18.
Two cases involve Pine Hills Elementary School. One case involve kindergarten, and the person was last in school May 23. One case involves second grade, and the person was last in school May 20.
One case involves Sheridan Preparatory Academy. The person is not associated with a particular grade and was last in school May 19.
Two cases involve Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, and neither person is associated with a particular grade. One was last in school May 20 and the other May 19.
Monday’s final two cases involve William S. Hackett Middle School, and both people were last in school on May 20. One is associated with seventh grade and the other is not associated with a particular grade.
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.