Albany County has informed school districts that Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH) will no longer recommend quarantine for all classroom exposures, based on new information about COVID transmission in the classroom. This new recommendation began on Monday, February 22, 2021.
ACDOH quarantine decisions moving forward will be made in conjunction with school staff and will be dependent on proximity and other considerations. Please keep the following in mind as we move forward:
Classrooms where the same students and staff spend multiple hours together will still be recommended for quarantine, meaning classroom quarantine is still likely to be the recommendation for elementary classrooms and special education classrooms.
Students and staff who are properly masked and do not spend more than ten minutes cumulatively within six feet of a positive case will not be recommended for quarantine. Possible cumulative exposure includes lunch, extra-curricular activities, travel to and from school, and multiple days of exposures.
If the COVID situation changes in Albany County, including a rise in variant cases, rising infections, and reductions in medical care capacity could lead to broad changes in the future for quarantine recommendations for schools.
Please continue to help us keep our students and staff safe and healthy. Thank your for your continued support.