2020-21 School Year/COVID-19 Information and Updates

2020-21 Reopening/COVID Updates

Resource Website for Menands Families

COVID-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty for our society. Financial, mental and educational pressures have increased due to the uncertainty of many aspects of our lives.  A team from Menands School has created a website with resources to assist our families with these issues.

COVID Resources for Menands Families

If you have any questions or need additional assistance with these resources, we are here to help:

  • Megan Amatrano, School Psychologist/CSE Chairperson, mamatrano@menands.org
  • Cheri Vandenberg, MSCAS ,School Counselor, cvandenberg@menands.org
  • Ashley Mondini, LMSW School Social Worker, amondini@menands.org
  • Melissa Johnson, School Counseling Intern, mjohnson@menands.org

COVID-19 Testing Sites

See the Albany County Dept. of Health website for a complete list of local COVID-19 testing sites.

Daily Health Attestation

One of the precautions we’re taking amid the COVID-19 pandemic is a daily health screening of all Menands students and staff. This is also a requirement of school reopening plans. The screening is designed to identify potential symptoms and assess possible exposure to the virus.

COVID-19 Report Card

The district will report positive cases daily to the NYS Department of Health’s COVID-19 Report Card dashboard.

State local health departments will be notified immediately of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual in school facilities or on school grounds.

Contact tracing and quarantine orders will be directed by the Albany County Department of Health. The district will participate fully in all contact tracing efforts so that local health officials can contact and notify families of any possible exposure to COVID-19, and direct families of the necessary steps (testing, quarantine, etc.)

Reopening Information

The plan outlined here is for the reopening of schools in the Menands Union Free School District for the 2020-21 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our driving principles in creating this plan were two-fold:

  • Follow all medical and scientific guidelines to do everything possible to ensure the safety of our community.
  • Provide the highest quality educational experience possible for all of our students K-8.

Watch videos from our reopening forums | Reopening FAQ

2020-21 Calendar

Review our one-page snapshot calendar to see important dates for the 2020-21 school year.

Sample In-Person Schedules

Elementary

Elementary In Person Sample Schedule

Middle School

Middle In Person Sample Schedule

Sample Remote Schedules

Elementary

Menands Elementary Sample Schedule

Middle School

Menands Middle School Sample Schedule