COVID-19/School Updates

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COVID-19 case reporting – Oct. 18, 2021

October 18, 2021
Dear BKW families,
The administration has been notified that two individuals in the secondary school who were last in school on Oct. 12, one individual in the elementary school who was last in school on Oct. 15, and one district-wide individual who was last in school on Oct. 15 have tested positive for COVID-19. Read full message

COVID-19 case reporting – Oct. 13, 2021

October 13, 2021
Dear BKW families,
The administration has been notified that three individuals in the Secondary School and two districtwide employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Read full message

BKW to host Oct. 16th COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Oct. 12, 2021 – The Albany County Department of Health, with assistance from the Albany County Sheriff’s Department, will be administering FREE Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines (1st and 2nd doses for those 12+ years old; 3rd doses and Booster shots for those meeting eligibility criteria) on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon at BKW Jr./Sr. High School. Public health experts will be on hand to answer any vaccination questions and address any concerns related to vaccination. Please note that the Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses are approved for all individuals 12+ years old. Read full message

COVID-19 testing at BKW schools begins in October

Sept. 29, 2021- A message from the Superintendent
Dear BKW Families,
Our 750 students deserve to have the best learning experiences every day in a safe and healthy environment. Their future depends on it. The following information outlines our school district’s partnership with the Albany County Department of Health to participate in a new, statewide COVID-19 Testing in Schools program to screen for coronavirus infection.
It is important to note that a profile must be created with Quadrant Bioscience to participate. Read full message

COVID case reporting – Sept. 26, 2021

Dear BKW families,
The administration has been notified that two individuals in the Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19. Read full message

COVID case reporting – Sept. 22, 2021

Dear BKW families,
The administration has been notified that two individuals in the Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19. Read full message

COVID case reporting – Sept. 15, 2021

September 15, 2021
Dear BKW families,
The administration has been notified that two individuals in the Secondary School have tested positive for COVID-19. Read full message

Clarification of SRO role in the mask mandate – Sept. 15, 2021

September 15, 2021
Dear BKW families:
Apparently, there has been some confusion over the role of the School Resource Officer regarding the implementation of the mask mandate for schools issued by the NYS Department of Health on August 27. To be clear, the District must comply with the mandate. Students, staff, and visitors to the buildings have been cooperating, which is greatly appreciated. The School Resource Officer does not have a role in the implementation or enforcement of the mask mandate. School policies are the school’s responsibility to enforce, including the mask mandate. The SRO will not arrest students for not wearing a mask in school. The role of the SRO in our district is to help to keep our students safe, support students, and to present a positive role model to students. Read the full message

COVID case reporting – Sept. 14, 2021

Dear BKW families,
The administration has been notified that an individual in the Secondary School has tested positive for COVID-19. Read full message

Health Department requiring mask wearing in school – Aug. 28, 2021

Everyone here at BKW is looking forward to welcoming all of our students back for in-person instruction in just a few short days. Our goal this year is to keep students in school for as many days as possible, while also maintaining a safe environment for both students and staff. To do this, as we have previously communicated, we will follow a layered mitigation protocol (link below) in an effort to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in our school buildings.

On Friday afternoon (August 27) the NYS Department of Health issued a statement requiring that all students, staff, and visitors in schools wear a mask. This is in line with the announcement made this week by Governor Kathy Hochul, who directed the New York State Department of Health to institute a statewide mask requirement for schools. Mask wearing is one of several mitigation protocols included in our plan for the year, and we know it is a key part of a system to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Read full message including protocol

BKW Layered Mitigation School Opening Plan: Fall 2021 – Aug. 16, 2021

Dear BKW families,
With the issuance of school opening guidance by the NYS Education Department last week, we are now in a position to share with our community the BKW Schools opening plan for the 2021-22 school year. We are grateful for the Department’s leadership to issue this guidance, in light of the absence of any clear direction from other State agencies. Doing so gives all NYS school districts a basis for managing the COVID-19 pandemic in its ongoing presence in our communities. Read full message from Dr. Mundell

More information on BKW school reopening – Aug. 10, 2021

Dear BKW families,
As I am sure you have heard, late last week the NYS Commissioner of Health informed school districts across the state that the NYS Department of Health would not be issuing COVID-19 guidance for the opening of schools in September. As we have come to understand during this pandemic, circumstances change without notice and we must adapt to those changes. Read full article

BKW COVID notification – Aug. 5, 2021

The administration was notified today that a BKW Elementary School student attending summer school has tested positive for COVID-19. Read full article

Update on BKW school reopening in September – Aug. 5, 2021

Dear BKW families,
I am sure you have been anxious to know about plans for the coming school year. In short, we anticipate the beginning of the school year to look much like the close of the last school year in terms of daily operations. We intend to return all students to in-person instruction this September, and do it in the safest manner possible for students, staff, and families. Read full article

BKW releases Health and Safety measures community survey results – Aug. 2, 2021

As we now enter August and look to the start of school in a few weeks, BKW and all school districts continue awaiting guidance from New York State education and health officials on what that school reopening will look like. We hope to have more information to share with you later in the week. Read full article

American Rescue Plan (ARP)-ESSER funding plan – July 1, 2021

Dear BKW Staff and Community,
The 2021-22 enacted state budget includes language requiring local education agencies, such as school districts, that receive funding from the Federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP-ESSER) to post on their website a plan by school year of how these funds will be spent. This is that plan. Read full article

2020-21 School year updates, notifications and information 

Go to archived COVID-19 updates and notifications for 2020-21