The City School District of Albany was notified Tuesday of five new COVID-19 cases in the City School District of Albany. Four of these cases involve individuals engaged entirely in distance learning, and none of these cases is associated with the district’s ongoing voluntary COVID-19 testing.
One case is associated with Delaware Community School. This individual was last in the building Jan. 22 and is now quarantined at home. The Albany County Health Department has identified 24 additional contacts; these individuals also are quarantined at home. As a result of the impact of this case on students and staff, all kindergarten and third-grade students at Delaware have transitioned to distance learning until Tuesday, Feb. 2. This case does not affect any Dual Language Program classrooms, which will continue to offer in-person instruction.
The four cases involving individuals engaged entirely in distance learning include two cases associated with Albany High School, as well as individual cases at Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence and William S. Hackett Middle School. The health department has identified no additional contacts with any of these cases.
All potentially impacted individuals have been contacted at each building; the health department has indicated that there are no other steps necessary for any of the buildings at this time.
Health and safety procedures at all district buildings continue to include cleaning and sanitizing nightly. We will continue with these procedures, and 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 daily via the email address on file for parents and guardians. More information is 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: