Introduction

On Monday, July 13, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York can follow plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September if COVID-19 infection rates stay at 5% or lower in a given region. 

Determinations will be made by region about opening and closing schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If a region is in Phase 4 and has a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average, schools in that region could hold in-person instruction. If daily infection rates exceed 9% over a seven-day average, however, schools in that region would not reopen. Similarly, should a region see such an average after reopening, schools in that region would also be directed to close.

While schools have been instructed to prioritize efforts to return all students to in-person instruction, the school is also planning for remote/distance learning as well as a for a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and remote learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the remote learning model. Parents should reach out to Lorinda Jensis at either 518-862-4960 or ljensis@techvalleyhigh.org  to set up a call with the administration to discuss your specific child’s needs or concerns. 

The plan outlined here is for the reopening of Tech Valley High School in the Capital Region BOCES and Questar III Region for the 2020-21 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following school:

Tech Valley High School
246 Tricentennial Drive
Albany NY 12203
(518) 862-4960

Dr. Lynne Wells, Interim Principal
Lwells@techvalleyhigh.org
www.techvalleyhigh.org

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our schools.

Dr. Lynne R. Wells, Interim Principal & Ms. Sarah Fiess, Interim Assistant Principal, will serve as Tech Valley’s COVID-19 Coordinators. Ms. Kimberly Whelan BS, RN, will work closely with the COVID-19 Coordinators to help form the COVID-19 Oversight Team at Tech Valley High School. They will ensure the school is in compliance with the plan and is following the best practices per state and federal guidelines. However, using a team approach that leverages specific expertise in certain areas of compliance along with both BOCES (Capital Region and Questar III) is the best approach to support the implementation of our reopening plan.  Ms. Whalen can be reached at Tech Valley High School, 246 Tricentennial Drive  Albany, NY 12203, Phone: (518) 862-4962   Fax: (518) 437-8677 or at kwhelan@techvalleyhigh.org

Governor Cuomo, the State Education Department, and the Department of Health, recently released guidelines for the reopening of schools.  The guidance is a living, breathing document that changes as additional research and guidance become available to the field.  The Tech Valley High School staff and administration have looked forward to reopening and meeting our students back in person. 

The core values of Tech Valley High guide our response to the pandemic. Our respect for others in our community and responsibility for our collective health and safety drive our protocols. This work began in the spring before we closed out the 2019-2020 School Year and  continued into the summer with consultation of our staff and our sending districts. Our re-opening plan will be updated as guidance, county, or executive orders change.  Please note that where guidance in this document differs from COVID-19-related guidance previously issued by the NYS Education Department, the more recent guidance shall apply. Further, should any health and safety-related guidance in this document conflict with guidance issued by the NYS Department of Health (DOH), the DOH guidance shall apply.