Jan. 9: Notification of COVID case; K-8 to go fully remote

Dear Parents & Families,

The district learned on Jan. 9 of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Menands School community. District leaders are working closely with the 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 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 has caused a strain on staffing levels, not only in classrooms but in student support areas as well. Substitutes are not readily available to fill these positions, escalating the staffing shortage.

Because of this, we have made the decision to have all students in grades K-8 go fully-remote from Monday, Jan. 11 through Friday, Jan. 15. Students in grades K-5 should follow the remote schedules that were sent to families before the holiday break. Teachers will resend these via email prior to the start of classes Monday. Middle School students should follow their normal schedules and log into Google Classroom to join their class meetings. If students or parents have questions, they can email their teachers directly.  We will make a decision regarding return to in person instruction as early as possible to give families time to plan and prepare.  

If you would like to have meals breakfast and/or lunch delivered during the period of remote learning, please complete this form by noon Sunday, Jan. 10. Please complete a separate form for each child who will receive meals.

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 social gatherings

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