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Reopening Albany Schools Planning Team

The Reopening Albany Schools Planning Team 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all AUSD schools have been closed since March 16, 2020, and classes have continued in the form of distance-learning.  At the May 12, 2020 Board of Education Meeting, Superintendent Wells provided a staff report that introduced the Road To Reopening Albany Schools Framework, outlining how the District is working to develop plans to safely reopen schools in the fall.   


The Reopening Albany Schools Planning Team was formed to provide collaborative input on the three scenarios:
1) Hybrid; 2) Distance Learning; and 3) Schools fully open and back in session with modifications.  

Plans must allow flexibility for contingencies, including the possibility that Shelter-in-Place orders will return if deemed necessary by State/Alameda County Public Health officials d philosophy and positions to the students, staff, parents/guardians and the community.  All considerations will be in compliance with existing orders and guidance from State/Alameda County Public Health.  

Meeting Schedule: The Reopening Schools Planning Team meets every Thursday from 7-8:15pm via Zoom through June 25th.

Agendas, Minutes, and Resources are located here: Planning Team Folder  


Planning Team Members: 

Frank Wells, Ed.D., Superintendent

Marie Williams, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services

Alexia Ritchie, Director III, Student Services 
Amanda Mendieta, Albany Aquatic Center
Anna Mansker, ACC Director
Anthony Douglas, SEIU President
Audrey Mallah, AHS Student Board Member
Ben Borrego, Director Maintenance & Operations
Beth Tyler, Special Education Program Specialist
Brian Doss, Board Trustee
Christopher Knight, AHS Teacher
Clementina Duron, Board Vice-President
Darren McNally, AHS/MAC Principal
Deborah Brill, AMS Principal
Dianne McNenny, President Albany Education Foundation
Elizabeth Reimuller, CO Principal
Emma Barker, CO Teacher
Isabelle Leduc, City of Albany Manager
Jessica Petzold, Parent

John Geissberger, Albany Chief of Police

Karen DeHart, AHS Teacher/ATA Co-President
Kathleen Marte, Parent
Katy Babcock SELPA Director
Kavita Trivedi, Parent
Kimberly Gray, AMS ELD Teacher
Lance Calkins, Albany Fire Chief
Linda Bishop, MA Teacher
Michelle Lau-Seim, OV Vice-Principal
Monica Meng, AUSD Nurse
Natasha Khokhar, Parent
Nick Pilch, Albany Mayor
Patricia Fujiwara, AHS Teacher/ATA Co-President
Peggy McQuaid, Albany Vice-Mayor
Rachel Sher, Albany Library
Rebecca Sprenger, OV Teacher
Renee Howley, CSEA President
Sabina Feinberg, Executive Chef
Sara Backowski, AMS teacher
Shelly Ball, AHS Mental Health Specialist
Yael Bloom, President SchoolCARE