This page contains reopening information specific to our school. If you are looking for district-level reopening information, please visit our district reopening page.
School times starting Sept. 29
The school times below are effective beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Student schedules are available in our schooltool parent portal or via their district Google email accounts. If you need help with login credentials, please contact your child's school.
|All||Virtual||Virtual instruction will occur
for 2.5 hours in the window of 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Check Google Classroom for specific schedules.
|All||In-person||8 a.m.||1:45 p.m.|
The information below is intended as an overview of key points of our school's reopening process.
For additional details on these topics and more, please consult the district's full 2020-21 Reopening Plan.
This screener should be completed each morning before a student who is attending school in-person leaves home. You will need your student's district login credentials to access the screener.
The informational video below contains additional instructions on using the screener.
Before leaving home
Please make sure to take your child’s temperature each day before leaving home. Temperatures of 100 degrees or more will result in your child being sent home.
Also, please note, that backpacks will be permitted (this is a change from previous guidance).
All bus students enter through the Tremont Street entrance
All drop-offs will take place on the Austain Avenue side of the building.
- Pre-K – grade 2: enter through the parent drop-off doors
- Grades 3-5: enter through the main lobby doors
If walking your child, park at Westland Hills and walk them to the flagpole. Parents are no longer allowed to go through the playground to drop children off at the school doors.
Staggered drop-off times
Attempting to adhere to this plan will help ease the anticipated traffic jam caused by high numbers of students being dropped off this year.
- Oldest child’s last names beginning with A-K drop off at 8 a.m.
- Oldest child’s last names beginning with L-Z drop off at 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal (Sept. 21-25)
Bus students: will dismiss at 11:05 a.m.
Pick-up students: will begin at 10:50 a.m. (except Friday, Sept. 25, which will begin at 11:20 a.m.)
Please note there will be no JCC afterschool program during this week.
Dismissal (Sept. 29 and on)
Bus students will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. through the Tremont Street door
Pick-up students will dismiss from 1:15-1:45 p.m. Please note, the playground will be closed after school.
- If you are parking, we ask that you do so at Westland Hills and walk to the flagpole, where your child will meet you
- If you are not parking, your child will be released out the Austain side door in the parking lot.
Student in the JCC afterschool program will dismiss at 2 p.m. to the gym. At this time, the JCC program will only be using the gym and the playground.
Students are expected to wear appropriate masks during the school day, and while on the bus.
Hand sanitization stations will be available in learning spaces and throughout the building. Students will also be given multiple opportunities to wash their hands throughout the day.
Classrooms will be disinfected at least once daily, and whenever else necessary.
Classrooms will be set up to ensure social distancing guidelines are met. In general, students will remain in the classroom, with teachers traveling between classes.
Breakfast will be grab-and-go upon arrival, and eaten in the classroom. Lunch will delivered to and eaten in the classroom as well (lunches can also be brought from home).
All students enrolled in the City School District of Albany can pick up breakfast and lunch each day of virtual instruction. Pick-up at your child’s school is encouraged but not required.
Meals can be picked up at the following schools from 9 a.m.-noon:
- ASH, Eagle Point, Montessori, Pine Hills, Sheridan Prep and TOAST
Meals can be picked up at the following schools from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.:
- Albany High, Arbor Hill, Delaware Community School, O'Neal Middle School, Giffen, New Scotland, North Albany, Schuyler Achievement and Hackett Middle School
While visitors are still welcome, please be aware that the district is limiting visitors to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. All visitors must schedule an appointment with the main office to ensure everyone's safety. We are unable to accommodate drop-in visits at this time.
Students enrolled in the virtual option who are still in need of technology should contact the main office for assistance. At the current time, the district is using a one-Chromebook-per-family model. However, the district anticipates moving to a 1:1 computing model for all students early in the school year. Please watch for more information about picking up devices once the district has received them.
Students who are not feeling well but not displaying COVID-19 symptoms will be evaluated by our school nurse as usual. Students who are not feeling well and are displaying COVID-19 symptoms will be brought to a dedicated isolation space to be examined, and a parent/guardian will be notified for pickup.
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