Every day, our schools are monitoring health attestations, tracking attendance and keeping in touch with representatives from the Albany County Department of Health so that we are prepared to respond to any confirmed cases of COVID-19. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any school in the Cohoes City School District.
If there were to be a confirmed case of COVID-19 linked to one of our schools (through a student, staff member, or an approved visitor), the district would coordinate its response with the Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH). We would work with ACDOH on contact tracing and a notice would be sent out districtwide with the information provided by the county health department.
In addition, all districts in New York State, including Cohoes, are required to submit a daily report to the state of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 linked to a school. The COVID-19 Report Card is available to the public on the New York State Department of Health website and includes daily case statistics from schools throughout the state. While the dashboard is an important tool for identifying trends regionally and statewide, please know that any information regarding COVID-19 in Cohoes schools will be shared with you directly.
On the state dashboard, it is especially important to note that for every school district, the state includes a number that is an estimate of “Lab Reported Positives based on Residential Address” as part of its school COVID Report Card. This is an estimate only (currently at one for addresses located in the district). This estimate does not reflect the number of cases (currently at zero) confirmed in any Cohoes school. Individual school data on the dashboard is listed separately below this estimated number.
Reporting a positive case to the district
If you need to report a positive case within your family to the school district or if your student has been tested, contact the district’s Superintendent’s Office (COVID-19 Coordinator) at (518) 237-0100, ext. 2350. If you need to notify the district during non-school hours, please email Superintendent Jennifer Spring at email@example.com or Assistant Superintendent Peggy O’Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org.