2021-22 Layered Mitigation Plan

Please know that the health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority—as is maximizing opportunities for in-person instruction.

While we want to see as much normalcy as possible, we must also prepare for peaks and valleys in the rate of transmission of the COVID-19 virus and its variants this year.

Rather than mandate a statewide approach, the NYS Department of Health has indicated that school districts and BOCES should decide upon an approach at the local level, guided by recommendations from medical experts. Using guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the NYS Department of Education, and Albany County Health Department officials, we have developed a plan for navigating the upcoming school year.

Protocols at Airline Drive Academy and Maywood 

Outlined below is a summary of the protocols we expect to follow at Airline Drive Academy and the Maywood School beginning September 2021. This is a layered mitigation approach based on the local transmission rate, as determined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

[PRINT-FRIENDLY MITIGATION PROTOCOL CHART]

COVID-19 Vaccines

  • Low transmission—Strongly encouraged.
  • Moderate transmission—Strongly encouraged.
  • Substantial transmission—Strongly recommended.
  • High transmission—Strongly recommended.

Health Screening

  • Low transmission—Families and staff should screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily; no reporting to school required.
  • Moderate transmission—Families and staff should screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily; no reporting to school required.
  • Substantial transmission—Families and staff should screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily; no reporting to school required.
  • High transmission—Families and staff should screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily; no reporting to school required.

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing [5]

  • Low transmission—No testing requirements.
  • Moderate transmission—No testing requirements.
  • Substantial transmission—Random rapid or surveillance testing of unvaccinated staff.
  • High transmission—Random rapid or surveillance testing of unvaccinated staff.

Face Coverings/Masks (Indoors)

  • Low transmission—Encouraged for all when 3 feet distancing cannot be consistently met.
  • Moderate transmission—Required by all at all times; Regular and appropriate mask breaks occur.
  • Substantial transmission—Required by all at all times; Regular and appropriate mask breaks occur.
  • High transmission—Required by all at all times; Regular and appropriate mask breaks occur.

Face Coverings/Masks (Outdoors)

  • Low transmission—No restrictions.
  • Moderate transmission—Encouraged for unvaccinated when 3 feet physical distancing cannot be consistently met.
  • Substantial transmission—Encouraged for unvaccinated when 3 feet physical distancing cannot be consistently met.
  • High transmission—Required for all when 3 feet physical distancing cannot be met; Regular and appropriate mask breaks occur.

Monitoring Community and School-Based Transmission [2]

  • Low transmission—Ongoing.
  • Moderate transmission—Ongoing; weekly benchmark.
  • Substantial transmission—Ongoing; weekly benchmark.
  • High transmission—Ongoing; weekly benchmark.

Physical Distancing (Indoors)

  • Low transmission—Encouraged 3 feet physical distancing.
  • Moderate transmission—Encouraged 3 feet physical distancing.
  • Substantial transmission—Encouraged 3 feet physical distancing.
  • High transmission—Encouraged 3 feet physical distancing.

School Visitors (Indoors/Outdoors)

  • Low transmission—No restrictions.
  • Moderate transmission—Official business only.
  • Substantial transmission—Official business only.
  • High transmission—Official business only.

Handwashing, Hand Sanitizer and Respiratory Etiquette

  • Low transmission—Required.
  • Moderate transmission—Required.
  • Substantial transmission—Required.
  • High transmission—Required.

Recess and Physical Education (Outdoors)

  • Low transmission—No restrictions.
  • Moderate transmission—Physical distancing of 3 feet encouraged.
  • Substantial transmission—Physical distancing of 3 feet encouraged.
  • High transmission—Physical distancing of 3 feet required; masks required if distancing cannot be maintained. Regular and appropriate mask breaks occur.

Physical Education (Indoors)

  • Low transmission—Face masks encouraged for all when 3 feet distancing cannot be consistently met.
  • Moderate transmission—Face masks required; regular and appropriate mask breaks occur.
  • Substantial transmission—Face masks required; regular and appropriate mask breaks occur.
  • High transmission—Face masks required; regular and appropriate mask breaks occur.

Quarantining [3]

  • Low transmission—Up to 10-day quarantine per local county department health protocols.
  • Moderate transmission—Up to 10-day quarantine per local county department health protocols.
  • Substantial transmission—Up to 10-day quarantine per local county department health protocols.
  • High transmission—Up to 10-day quarantine per local county department health protocols.

Staying Home When Sick (Staff and Students)

  • Low transmission—All students and staff instructed to stay home when sick.
  • Moderate transmission—All students and staff instructed to stay home when sick.
  • Substantial transmission—All students and staff instructed to stay home when sick.
  • High transmission—All students and staff instructed to stay home when sick.

Return to School/Work Protocols (following illness)

  • Low transmission—Per local county health department of health protocols.
  • Moderate transmission—Per local county health department of health protocols.
  • Substantial transmission—Per local county health department of health protocols.
  • High transmission—Per local county health department of health protocols.

Cleaning and Disinfection

  • Low transmission—Daily routine cleaning; enhanced disinfection of high-touch surfaces.
  • Moderate transmission—Daily routine cleaning; enhanced disinfection of high-touch surfaces.
  • Substantial transmission—Daily routine cleaning; enhanced disinfection of high-touch surfaces.
  • High transmission—Daily routine cleaning; enhanced disinfection of high-touch surfaces.

Cafeteria/Eating

  • Low transmission—No restrictions.
  • Moderate transmission—3 feet physical distancing and masks except when eating.
  • Substantial transmission—3 feet physical distancing and masks except when eating.
  • High transmission—3 feet physical distancing and masks except when eating.

Ventilation and Air Quality

  • Low transmission—Sustained fresh air circulation (mechanical, open windows, open doors.)
  • Moderate transmission—Sustained fresh air circulation (mechanical, open windows, open doors.)
  • Substantial transmission—Sustained fresh air circulation (mechanical, open windows, open doors.)
  • High transmission—Sustained fresh air circulation (mechanical, open windows, open doors.)

Transportation [4]

  • Low transmission—Face masks/coverings required.
  • Moderate transmission—Moderate transmission rate—Face masks/coverings required.
  • Substantial transmission—Face masks/coverings required.
  • High transmission—Face masks/coverings required.

[1] CDCs Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools.

[2] As determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  See CDC Levels of Community Transmission for more details. Visit the CDC website for tracking of these levels.

[3] In the K-12 classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3-6 feet of an infected students from quarantining if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.  Visit the CDC website for more information on contact tracing

[4] By order of the CDC, students and staff must wear masks at all times while on school buses

[5] See Part 4, Screening Testing, in this guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Levels of Community Transmission

Visit the CDC website for tracking of these levels.

Indicators

Total new cases per 100,000 persons in the past 7 days: 

  • Low Transmission (BLUE)—0-9.99
  • Moderate Transmission (YELLOW)—10-49.99
  • Substantial Transmission (ORANGE)—50-99.99
  • High Transmission (RED)—≥100

Percentage of Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAATs) that are positive during the past 7 days: 

Low Transmission (BLUE)—0-4.99%
Moderate Transmission (YELLOW)—5-7.99%
Substantial Transmission (ORANGE)—8-9.99%
High Transmission (RED)—≥10.0%

Note: If the two indicators suggest different transmission levels, the higher level is selected.