Dear ACSD#1 Families,

The increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in Albany County during the past few weeks continues to drive greater uncertainty and concern throughout our community and within the schools.  We have not had a case of COVID-19 transmission in the school setting, but we have had a number of students and staff members who have been affected by close contact of a person in the household who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The school board will consider the current strategy of offering a hybrid learning model (Tier II) at this evening’s school board meeting. The school board voted in August to implement the Tier II approach, but they also stated that they would revisit the approach at the October meeting.   I will recommend that we stay with the current approach–alternating A/B schedule at the middle and high school.  The following statement is taken from a memorandum I have recently shared with the school board:

Upon current review of the COVID-19 data and listening to parent and teacher input from emails and a recent survey, I will not recommend that the school board approve the motion on the agenda for the October 14, 2020 meeting to move to Tier I.

The entire memo can be found in BoardDocs in the October 14, 2020 school board agenda, item 10D.  HERE is a link for your convenience. The memo also includes preliminary data from the survey.  The survey will be open through October 24, 2020 for students, parents, and employees.

We need to continue to implement the mitigating strategies to ensure that we limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our schools.  We will continue to implement physical distance of six feet, use face coverings, frequent hand washing, daily health screenings, enhanced sanitation procedures, and proper room ventilation.  Your assistance with these mitigating strategies will help ensure that we can continue to operate schools safely for our students and staff.


Jubal C. Yennie