Jan. 7 Update: 36 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported

We have learned of 36 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community since our last update on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

  • 19 positive cases reported at Watervliet Jr-Sr. High School
  • 17 positive cases reported at Watervliet Elementary School

While concerning, please be aware that this is the total number of cases reported to us over a three-day period.

All contract tracing was completed as per Albany County Department of Health protocols, and all individuals identified as having potential exposure have been notified and advised of the need to quarantine as a precaution.

We appreciate the commitment of our school nurses, teachers, support staff, bus drivers, food service workers, maintenance staff, our building principals and administrators who have been working hard especially this week to keep our doors open for teaching and learning upon our return to school from the holiday break. Thank you!

Throughout the week, we distributed at-home COVID-19 test kits at Watervliet Elementary and Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School for district families. Please remember that any positive test results from the at-home tests must be reported to the local health department and to your child’s school nurse (at the phone numbers listed below). To report a positive test result to Albany County, visit https://forms.albanycounty.com/Forms/dcu8G and follow the directions provided.

  • Watervliet Elementary School nurse: Sue Vogel, 518-629-3402
  • Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School nurse: Rachael Thomas, 518-629-3304

Vaccinations available

In addition to wearing masks and social distancing, vaccination continues to be one of the most effective mitigation measures we have to keep our schools open safely for in-person learning. We encourage eligible students and staff members to get fully vaccinated (and a booster, if eligible) to protect themselves, their families and their communities. 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.

Your cooperation and support of our schools is appreciated as we continue to 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 Friday, Jan. 7.)