City of Albany, South Colonie Central Schools Detail Back-to-School Plans

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Today is the due date for school districts to submit their plans for reopening this fall to the state.

City of Albany School District Superintendent Kaweeda Adams says pre-k through 5th grade will go to school five days a week. Middle school and high school students in Albany would use a combination of in person and remote learning in the fall.

Similar plans will be used in South Colonie as well.


School districts across New York State were required to have completed their own individual reopening plans complete today, with full guidance that can be found at the link here. The final decision as to whether schools will actually get the greenlight to reopen will come from Governor Cuomo sometime next week. At the County Executive’s briefing today, both Albany City School District Superintendent Kaweeda Adams and South Colonie Central School District David Perry, Ph.D. discussed their efforts to reduce school population density, implement rigorous disinfecting regimens and health screenings for students and staff, and develop models for in-person and remote learning models should there be a second wave of the Coronavirus.

Superintendent Adams has made it clear that all 10,000 students in the City of Albany School District would not be able to return full time, five days per week while still maintaining social distancing. Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade may return full time, while the middle and high schools will likely utilize a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning. Superintendent Perry, who oversees a school district of 5,000 students, has a similar plan to the City of Albany, with parents having the option of their children utilizing a fully remote model of learning if they are not comfortable sending them to school. The school district will be prioritizing pre-K through 6th grade for in person learning, as well as their self-contained special education students in pre-K through 12th grade.

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