On August 20, 2021, the following letter was sent by Caralee Kardash, director of Special Education, to families of students who will attend Airline Drive Academy and the Maywood School beginning in September 2021.
It is our sincere hope that you had a wonderful summer and enjoyed some time with family and friends.
We are pleased to share with you that Capital Region BOCES instructional leaders continue to work with our Albany County Department of Health regarding health and safety protocols we must follow as school opens this fall. 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.
At this webpage, you will find a summary of the protocols we expect to follow in our schools in September, which include a layered mitigation approach based on the local transmission rate (as determined by the Center for Disease Control). You will notice this is very similar to the approach we took last school year with regular hand washing, distancing, and mask wearing. These efforts were very successful in helping students remain safe and keeping school doors open.
Of note is a change in screening protocol from last school year. We will not require a daily screening to be completed before arrival, however, parents/guardians should monitor their children for symptoms related to COVID-19 on a daily basis and keep them home if they exhibit symptoms or are otherwise ill. Please notify the school nurse or principal.
Our administrators, maintenance workers, faculty and staff have been working tirelessly this summer to plan and prepare for the upcoming school year and we truly look forward to welcoming your child back to school. Please enjoy the last few weeks of summer.
Director of Special Education