Dear Parents & Families,
The district learned during the break of 2 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Menands School community. District leaders worked closely with the Albany County Department of Health to supply contact tracing information. Any students or staff members who were considered a close or proximate contact have been contacted by a school administrator and have or will also be contacted by the Department of Health to discuss the need to quarantine and other related information.
Please remember that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict the district from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.
The number of individuals who need to quarantine following this confirmed case could cause a strain on staffing levels, not only in classrooms but in student support areas as well. However, given the timing over the break, the implications appear to be limited
Based on the information we have to date, we plan to return from break as planned on January 4th for both in person and remote students. Should additional information necessitate any changes, they will be communicated via School Messenger, and posted on our web page, and if need be, utilizing the School Closing Network and local media.
If your child traveled out of the state or out of the country during the break you must adhere to the NYS travel guidelines prior to their return to school, that information can be found at the following link: https://www.menands.org/updated-covid-19-travel-advisory-for-nys/ .
You will need to report accurately on the daily health attestation regarding any travel during the recess. In the event you did travel, you should contact our school nurse Ms. D’Ambro at 518-465-4561 extension 109, prior to your child’s return to school.
Lastly, I remind you that in the event the district is identified by the state as part of a micro-cluster zone, we would be mandated to test students in order to remain open. If you have not already done so, please complete the COVID Testing Consent Form. More detailed information regarding the testing can be found here.
Please remember that the best plan for addressing the COVID-19 virus is to remain informed and follow these steps to help contain the spread of the virus:
- Keep at least a 6-foot distance between you and others when out in the community — even if you don’t feel sick or have any symptoms
- Wear a snug-fitting surgical or cloth face mask that covers your nose and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Call your healthcare provider in advance of a visit
- Limit visitors to your home
- Limit unnecessary travel
As part of our reopening health and safety plan, our school continues to follow all prevention protocols in accordance with guidelines from the New York State Health Department and CDC — this includes a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all school buildings.
We will continue to work closely with the Albany County Department of Health and communicate any necessary updates. Please reach out to one of us if you have any questions or would like more information about health and safety procedures.
Dr. Maureen A. Long
Mrs. Jennifer Cannavo