Albany County leaders hard at work to resume more in-person learning

Jerry Gretzinger
Updated: April 12, 2021 07:46 PM
Created: April 12, 2021 07:35 PM

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the mission is well underway to get kids back in the classroom. Part of that included more than 400 students vaccinated at Bethlehem High School on Saturday.

Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen plans to earmark a significant portion of their latest vaccine deliveries specifically for students.

As for guidance on when students go back, it's been a few weeks since the Centers for Disease Control issued its recommendations, but there was nothing from the state Department of Health until last week. That's when they finally released 24 pages of guidance.

McCoy and Whalen were clearly frustrated at the delayed guidance, and its complexity.

Whalen says it covers things like reduced spacing between students, where it still needs to be six feet, and continued requirements for mask wearing.

However, there are more curious recommendations. That includes encouraging schools to rent space from outside areas. McCoy wanted to know how that's possible with school budgets already in trouble.

McCoy didn't give any odds on schools resuming full in-person instruction before the end of this year, but repeatedly pointed out there's just nine weeks left. Still, he says the county is forging ahead with plans to keep kids and staff safe when it does happen.

Learn more about what's next in the vaccination efforts for students, and the other pieces of the puzzle that all need to come together by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.

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