Mar. 26 update from Dr. Long and Mrs. Cannavo

Dear Parents & Families,

We hope this communication finds you well.  It is hard to believe that spring has sprung, and next week marks the start of the final months of the school year. As we transition to the third trimester on Monday, March. 29, I share the following:

Second Trimester Elementary Report Cards are being finalized and will be sent next week, prior to the upcoming break. 

On Monday, we will welcome back a number of students to in person learning.  As we do, we ask you to keep in mind the following: 

  •  This may result in some slight adjustments to transportation drop off and pick up times. We would ask that all students be at their AM stops at their regular time. Some stops may experience pickups a bit later than is typical. Over the course of next week you will be able to determine if there is a change and adjust accordingly.
  • Any student who is riding the bus for the first time has been contacted by our staff to inform them of the bus number and anticipated pick up and drop off times.  
  • It is imperative that you adhere to your assigned bus stop so we can assure we’re compliant with all safety and COVID protocols.
  • This may also impact parent drop off and pick up slightly, as new families acclimate to the procedures.     
  • If you are picking up your child please be sure to park in your assigned spot, and remain in your car; a staff member will escort your child to you.
  • Please use the one way traffic pattern during pick up.
  • At all times when driving on campus, please observe the 15MPH speed limit. 

In addition, we provide the following updated information:

The return of additional students will require some classrooms to relocate to a larger space to accommodate social distancing. Families of any student impacted will receive a separate communication with more information.

The CDC has provided guidance reducing social distancing from 6 feet to 3 feet. To date, neither New York State, nor Albany County have shared any updates. We will continue to utilize 6 feet; if anything changes we will provide updated information.

Schools across the state recently received guidance and direction regarding required assessments in grades 3-8, as well as Regents exams (which impact some of our grade 8 students). Please anticipate additional information from us in this regard as early as next week. 

Though we have seen no recent cases at Menands School, we will continue to implement all health, safety and cleaning protocols. Additionally, as we did following the Winter Break, we will conduct random surveillance testing of 5% of our school population upon return from the upcoming Spring Recess. Only students whose parents have agreed to such testing will be included in the random sample.

As we’ve seen over the last year, the pandemic can create uncertainty, but working with your cooperation we have been able to create a safe learning environment, and will continue to do so. We look forward to welcoming back more students next week, and wish you all an enjoyable break. Certainly do not hesitate to reach out to either of us should you have any questions.


Dr. Maureen A. Long

Mrs. Jennifer Cannavo