Dear Parents & Families,
The district learned on Dec. 18 of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Menands School community. District leaders are working 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 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 will likely cause 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.
To allow us to prioritize our staff resources, and provide continuity for all students, we have made the decision to have students in grades 6-8 go fully-remote from Monday, Dec. 21. through Wednesday, Dec. 23. Students should follow their normal schedule and log into their Google Classrooms to join their class meetings. If students have questions, they can email their teachers directly. We will plan to restart in-person instruction at the middle school following the holiday break.
There will be no changes for students in grades K-5, whether they are remote or in-person. K-5 in-person students will report to school on Monday and bussing will be provided.
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
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