Aug. 10: Opening school letter to families

Dear Menands Parent & Families,

As we approach the start of the school year, like parents across the region, we are sure you are wondering what the new school year will look like.  

We have recently learned that schools will not be receiving the anticipated guidance from the NYS Health Department.  Thus we will be using a tiered mitigation strategy consistent with the guidance we have received from : The American Academy of Pediatrics, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, The United States Department of Education, and The Albany County Department of health.  

Our overarching plan based on that guidance includes:

  • All students participating in,  in-person instruction full time.
  • Encouraging vaccines for all eligible.
  • Three feet social distancing when possible.
  • Maintaining seating charts for all instructional spaces and buses. 
  • Mask use indoors and on buses.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing protocols. 
  • Maximizing ventilation.
  • Ongoing monitoring of circumstances and infection rates. 

We understand there may be students who have medical circumstances or are immunocompromised, who may require virtual learning.  For these students we will be coordinating with Capital Region BOCES who will be providing  a full year remote program aligned with the NYS learning standards.  If you believe your child might be eligible for a remote option for medical reasons, please complete the survey as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, August 13.  We will then contact you to secure the necessary information and documentation from a medical professional.  

The full presentation that was shared at the Board of Education meeting Monday August 9th can be found here.

We will be meeting this week with a representative group of parents and teachers to have further discussion around the logistics of our plan, and will continue to monitor current trends along with the most up to date guidance, as we prepare for the start of the school year.

Additional and more definitive information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.


Dr. Maureen A. Long & Mrs. Jennifer Cannavo