Dec. 3 Update: Notification of one new confirmed COVID-19 case

We learned of one new confirmed case of COVID-19 in our school community since our last update. A member of the Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School community tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing was completed as per Albany County Department of Health protocols and all individuals identified as having potential exposure at school have been notified and advised of the need to quarantine and monitor for symptoms.

Vaccines available

We continue to encourage all eligible students and staff members to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and their communities. Several vaccination sites across New York now offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children who are 5 and older. In Albany County, one of those sites is located at the Crossgates Mall, in the former Lord & Taylor Store located on the upper level. Parents and guardians can make appointments at this vaccination site by visiting

A reminder that COVID-19 vaccination appointments are available for students who are 5 years and older through our Whitney Young School-Based Health Clinic at WJSHS. Call 518-629-3270 to make an appointment.

Important reminder

At this time, community transmission in Albany County remains at a high level. Please remember that symptomatic students or staff members should NOT come to school. The same advice goes for someone who knows they have been exposed to COVID-19. Do not come to school, but call the school nurse or your health care provider for further instructions.

It is important for families to keep child(ren) home from school if they are exhibiting any of the following symptoms: Fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headaches; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; or diarrhea.

Your continued cooperation and support of our schools is appreciated as we work together to make this a safe, healthy and successful school year for our students, staff and families. Thank you.

(This message was shared with WCSD families and staff via One Call Now email on Dec. 3.)