The following letter from Capital Region BOCES’ District Superintendent Anita Murphy was sent on Dec. 4 to families of students attending BOCES school sites. They are Airline Drive Academy, Maywood School and our three Career and Technical School campuses in Albany, Schoharie and the Center for Advanced Technology @Mohonasen.
By now, you have likely heard about the New York State’s Micro-Cluster Initiative, which designates regions of the state as Yellow, Orange or Red zones. Learn more about New York State’s Cluster Action Initiative.
At this time, our region is not in one of these zones, but as COVID-19 infection rates increase in our area, we are likely to be there soon.
If we are deemed to be in one of these zones, the state will require we test a specified percentage of all students and staff for COVID-19 over a given period of time. The option to keep school open will depend on whether we obtain enough voluntary consent for testing, and how our school community’s test results compare to the overall population.
In order to be best prepared, we are asking for your cooperation in signing a parental consent form to allow your child to be tested for COVID-19 on-site at school.
While this is yet another challenge for our schools, we are committed to keeping our schools open for in-person instruction.
We encourage you to continue to stay informed by watching your phone and email for updates. As always, please contact your child’s principal with questions or with any changes to your contact information.