KIPP Albany Regional Updates

KIPP Albany Update – Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Regional Update

Dear KIPP Albany Families and Community,

As you are likely aware, there was a tragic and deadly shooting yesterday, May 24, at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. We are deeply saddened by this heartbreaking news. Our hearts are with all of the families affected by this tragedy, and with the entire Uvalde community as they respond and grieve this terrible loss.

Tragic events like this one bring up a broad range of emotions for everyone in our school community. We recognize that this will impact all of us in different ways in the coming days and weeks, and as we wrap up this school year we are committed to supporting every member of our community as they process what has occurred.  Our schools counseling and social work teams are available to support your students and scholars will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings as needed during classroom, homeroom, and advisory time.

We also remain wholeheartedly committed to ensuring the safety of everyone on our campuses. We have strong security measures in place to ensure the safety and security of all of our students and staff, and we will continue to evaluate and build on those measures regularly so they remain as strong as possible.  We also have a strong partnership with national school security experts, invested in new security and camera systems for all of our buildings over the last year, and will be looking to continue to enhance our safety protocols and procedures.

If you are looking for resources to use to support your child, here are a few:

While we cannot alleviate the pain of yesterday’s tragic events, we remain dedicated to safety – both physical and emotional – as we wrap up our school year and send our students off on summer break.  We deeply appreciate your partnership and collaboration in this work, and would welcome your ideas and suggestions on any additional ways we can keep our community safe.  Please also share with us any specific concerns you may have about any safety or security threats.

In partnership,

Stephanie Valle
Executive Director
KIPP Albany 


KIPP Albany Update – Friday, March 18, 2022 – Regional Update

Dear Families,

We are writing to provide you with an update on the upcoming merger of Troy Prep and KIPP Albany. 

In August 2021, we shared that the Board of Trustees of Troy Prep’s three schools (Elementary, Middle and High) had voted to join the KIPP network. Troy Prep and KIPP have been working closely on a smooth transition plan leading up to the merger start date of July 1, 2022. 

As expected, this week our schools received approval from our authorizer, SUNY Charter School Institute, to proceed with the merger. Beginning July 2022, Troy Prep will officially join forces with the four existing KIPP Albany schools under a new name of KIPP Capital Region Public Charter Schools. 

KIPP Capital Region is a new partnership of seven schools in Albany and Troy working together towards one common goal: every child grows up free to create the life they want for themselves and their communities. Each school within the network will maintain its own values and school culture, including school name and uniforms.  At KIPP Capital Region, we believe in the power of education to enable our students to achieve a future without limits, apply their unique talents, and change the world.

As we grow to a seven school region effective July 1, 2022, we will continue to seek your input through platforms such as family meetings, surveys and individual communications. Be on the lookout for upcoming opportunities to meet with school staff to discuss this exciting partnership, and learn more about our commitment to your child through college, career and beyond. 

We thank you for your partnership and trust in our schools. We look forward to working with you to pursue the more just world we all want to see. 

With gratitude,

Stephanie Valle
Executive Director
KIPP Albany


KIPP Albany Update – Tuesday, March 1, 2022 – Mask-Friendly Policy Update

Dear Families,

As you may know, Governor Hochul announced on Sunday that, based on the decrease in COVID-19 rates statewide and the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, masks will be optional inside New York school buildings beginning Wednesday, March 2.

Beginning Wednesday, KIPP Albany will be “mask-friendly” with scholars, staff, and visitors welcome to wear masks, but masks will no longer be mandated.  Masks will also be optional on bussing to and from school unless a student is riding a CDTA bus, as the mask mandate still applies to public transportation in NYS.  

We know this change could bring a range of emotions for you and your family, with each family needing to decide what is the best choice for their student.  We encourage you to have a conversation with your student(s) about whether or not they should continue to wear a mask while at school or on the bus.  Our counseling departments will also be ready to support any scholar struggling with the adjustment in protocol.

This mask optional guidance will be subject to change in the future based on CDC, NYS, and Albany County recommendations and regulations, based on current case count and other factors.  Additionally, our other COVID protocols remain in place for the time-being, including health screening and changes to classroom configurations, protocols and routines for mealtimes, and enhanced cleaning.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in keeping our school community safe.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Valle
Executive Director
KIPP Albany


KIPP Albany Update – Thursday, February 3, 2022 – School Closure Due to Inclement Weather


Due to the inclement weather, all KIPP Albany Schools will be closed tomorrow, February 4, 2022. Again, all KIPP Albany Schools are closed tomorrow due to the weather. Thank you.


KIPP Albany Update – January 31, 2022 – Announcements & Upcoming Events

 💰 TOMORROW! *FREE* Workshop for KIPP Albany Families! Topic: Home Buying 101
Tuesday, February 1st 
6:00 PM on Zoom
Click to register 
About: Become familiar with several elements of home buying, such as: the roles of the realtor, home inspector, loan officer, buyer and seller. Explore the broad impact a home purchase can have on personal finances and identify financial preparation steps needed for success.  Tips related to the property, the transaction, and the move, as well as advantages/disadvantages of home buying are covered.

🍎 KIPP Albany is Hiring!
February 12th- Free Professional Development & Job Fair.
11:00-1:30 

Click to register 
KIPP Albany is actively recruiting teachers and support staff for immediate hire and the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about employment opportunities here.

💻  Share Your Feedback & Be Entered to Win a Gift Card! Digital Equity Survey
KIPP Albany is collecting information from families related to internet access in our communities. This information will be shared with the NYS Education Department in hopes of ensuring all students have access to reliable internet at home. All families who participate by tomorrow February 1st will be entered into a gift card drawing!!
Please share your feedback here: https://bit.ly/KIPPDigitalEquitySurvey

For more information please contact info@kippalbany.org.

Our Mission: Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose- college, career, and beyond- so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.


KIPP Albany Update – January 24, 2022 – Announcements & Upcoming Events

 💰 TOMORROW! *FREE* Workshop for KIPP Albany Families! Topic: Tackle Your Debt! 
Tuesday, January 25th
6:00 PM on Zoom
Click to register 
About: Develop an effective debt pay-down strategy. Gain an understanding for debt levels and reflect on what is considered good debt and bad debt. A basic budgeting framework is also discussed.
*Save the date! KIPP Albany families are welcome to join the next Zoom event with SEFCU on Tuesday, February 1st entitled “Home Buying 101” . Register by clicking here

🔹  Opt-in Weekly Covid-19 Testing for Students 
Opt-in weekly Covid-19 testing is available for all KIPP Albany students. If you would like your child to participate in weekly Covid-19 testing at school, please complete the consent form using this link. Please contact your child’s school directly for more information on optional weekly testing.

🍎 KIPP Albany is Hiring!
February 12th- Free Professional Development & Job Fair.
11:00-1:30 

Click to register 
KIPP Albany is actively recruiting teachers and support staff for immediate hire and the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about employment opportunities here.

💻  Share Your Feedback & Be Entered to Win a Gift Card! Digital Equity Survey
KIPP Albany is collecting information from families related to internet access in our communities. This information will be shared with the NYS Education Department in hopes of ensuring all students have access to reliable internet at home. All families who participate by February 1st will be entered into a gift card drawing!!
Please share your feedback here: https://bit.ly/KIPPDigitalEquitySurvey

💡 Community Partner Spotlight : CanCode Communities
CanCode Communities is offering tech training classes for adults. Improve your digital literacy and learn about career opportunities in the tech space. Many are available for tuition assistance. Read more here: https://cancode.org/courses/. 

For more information please contact info@kippalbany.org.

Our Mission: Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose- college, career, and beyond- so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.


KIPP Albany Update – January 20, 2022 – Announcements & Upcoming Events

 💰 *FREE* Workshop for KIPP Albany Families! Topic: Tackle Your Debt! 
Tuesday, January 25th
6:00 PM on Zoom
Click to register 
About: Develop an effective debt pay-down strategy. Gain an understanding for debt levels and reflect on what is considered good debt and bad debt. A basic budgeting framework is also discussed.
*Save the date! KIPP Albany families are welcome to join the next Zoom event with SEFCU on Tuesday, February 1st entitled “Home Buying 101” . Register by clicking here.

🔹  Opt-in Weekly Covid-19 Testing for Students 
Opt-in weekly Covid-19 testing is available for all KIPP Albany students. If you would like your child to participate in weekly Covid-19 testing at school, please complete the consent form using this link. Please contact your child’s school directly for more information on optional weekly testing.

🍎 KIPP Albany is Hiring!
February 12th- Free Professional Development & Job Fair.
11:00-1:30 

Click to register 
KIPP Albany is actively recruiting teachers and support staff for immediate hire and the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about employment opportunities here.

💻  Share Your Feedback & Be Entered to Win a Gift Card! Digital Equity Survey
KIPP Albany is collecting information from families related to internet access in our communities. This information will be shared with the NYS Education Department in hopes of ensuring all students have access to reliable internet at home. All families who participate by February 1st will be entered into a gift card drawing!!
Please share your feedback here: https://bit.ly/KIPPDigitalEquitySurvey

For more information please contact info@kippalbany.org.

Our Mission: Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose- college, career, and beyond- so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.


KIPP Albany Update – January 14, 2022 – Announcements & Upcoming Events

Reminder that schools will be closed this Monday, January 17th to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We look forward to students returning to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 18th. Below are a few important announcements:

Opt-in Weekly Covid-19 Testing for Students 
Opt-in weekly Covid-19 testing is available for all KIPP Albany students. If you would like your child to participate in weekly Covid-19 testing at school, please complete the consent form using this link. Please contact your child’s school directly for more information on optional weekly testing.

*FREE* Workshop for KIPP Albany Families! Understanding & Managing Credit 

Tuesday, January 18th
6:00 PM on Zoom
Click to register 
About: Join KIPP Albany and SEFCU for the Financial decisions made today greatly impact your future. Financial decisions made today greatly impact your future. When using credit, you are spending your future income. This concept will be the backdrop while you explore managing credit responsibly, how to obtain credit, and the meaning of credit scores and credit reports.
*Save the date! KIPP Albany families are welcome to join the next Zoom event with SEFCU on Tuesday, January 25th entitled “Tackle Your Debt”. Click here to register. 

We look forward to your child returning to school on Tuesday. Thank you for your partnership and trust in our schools.

For more information please contact info@kippalbany.org.

Our Mission: Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose- college, career, and beyond- so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.


KIPP Albany Update – January 10, 2022 – Upcoming Events & Announcements

Meals for all KIPP Albany Students
Meals are provided for all KIPP Albany students. While students are learning virtually, our Food Service Team will coordinate with you to provide meals to your child. Please click here to complete a form and a member of our Food Service Team will contact you.

*TOMORROW!* FREE Workshop for KIPP Albany Families! Budgeting Basics: How to Grow Your Dough with SEFCU
Tuesday, January 11th
6:00 PM on Zoom
Click to register 
About: Join KIPP Albany and SEFCU for the first of four FREE sessions to jumpstart 2022 on a path to financial success! Apply the 50-30-20 rule for determining fixed expenses, flexible spending, and financial goals. Explore the benefits of developing a written spending plan, how to track income and expenses, and strategies for record keeping through a scenario-based applied learning approach.

*Save the date! KIPP Albany families are welcome to join the next Zoom event with SEFCU on Tuesday, January 18th entitled “Understanding & Managing Credit”. Click here to register. 

Share Your Feedback! Digital Equity Survey
KIPP Albany is collecting information from families related to internet access in our communities. This information will be shared with the NYS Education Department in hopes of ensuring all students have access to reliable internet at home. Please share your feedback here: https://bit.ly/KIPPDigitalEquitySurvey

KIPP Wheatley Curriculum Audit Advisory Committee (link to flyer)
The KIPP Foundation — the network of 270+ KIPP schools across the country — is partnering with Amplify Equity, Reimagine Consulting Group, and All of Us to conduct a comprehensive equity audit of the KIPP Wheatley K-8 literacy curriculum. The KIPP Foundation is looking for stakeholders across the network to participate in this process. Interested in participating? Please complete this form. 

For more information please contact info@kippalbany.org.

Our Mission: Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose- college, career, and beyond- so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

 


KIPP Albany Update – January 7, 2022 – Virtual Learning Update

KIPP Albany Families:

Out of an abundance of caution, KIPP Albany will continue with live virtual instruction for the week of Monday, January 10th. We believe this is the best decision to ensure the health and safety of our students, families, and staff.

Scholars will receive live lessons in virtual classrooms Monday through Friday of next week. There will be no in-person instruction. If your child does not have their device, please contact the main office directly.

Meals are available for all KIPP Albany students during virtual instruction. Complete this form (bitly.com/KIPPFoodService) and a member of our Food Service Team will contact you.

We understand this change in operations will be disruptive to your lives and we ask your support for continuing instruction remotely for our students. For more information, please contact the school’s main office or your child’s teacher.

Thank you for your continued partnership and understanding as we navigate these challenging times.


KIPP Albany Update – January 6, 2022 – Upcoming Events & Announcements

FREE Workshop for KIPP Albany Families! Budgeting Basics: How to Grow Your Dough with SEFCU
Tuesday, January 11th
6:00 PM on Zoom
Click to register 
About: Join KIPP Albany and SEFCU for the first of four FREE sessions to jumpstart 2022 on a path to financial success! Apply the 50-30-20 rule for determining fixed expenses, flexible spending, and financial goals. Explore the benefits of developing a written spending plan, how to track income and expenses, and strategies for record keeping through a scenario-based applied learning approach.

Share Your Feedback! Digital Equity Survey
KIPP Albany is collecting information from families related to internet access in our communities. This information will be shared with the NYS Education Department in hopes of ensuring all students have access to reliable internet at home. Please share your feedback here: https://bit.ly/KIPPDigitalEquitySurvey

KIPP Wheatley Curriculum Audit Advisory Committee (link to flyer)
The KIPP Foundation — the network of 270+ KIPP schools across the country — is partnering with Amplify Equity, Reimagine Consulting Group, and All of Us to conduct a comprehensive equity audit of the KIPP Wheatley K-8 literacy curriculum. The KIPP Foundation is looking for stakeholders across the network to participate in this process. Interested in participating? Please complete this form. 

For more information please contact info@kippalbany.org.

Our Mission: Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose- college, career, and beyond- so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.


KIPP Albany Update – January 4, 2022 – Virtual Learning Update

KIPP Albany Families:

Due to staffing constraints, KIPP Albany will conduct live virtual instruction for all scholars on Wednesday, January 5th through Friday, January 7th. There will be no in-person instruction at the school buildings.

Students should log on to their Chromebooks for live instruction on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. If your child does not have their device, please contact the main office directly.

Meals are available for all KIPP Albany students during virtual instruction. Complete this form (bitly.com/KIPPFoodService) and a member of our Food Service Team will contact you.

We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause and appreciate your partnership as we continue to navigate this unprecedented year. For more information, please contact the school’s main office or your child’s teacher.


KIPP Albany Update – January 2, 2022 – Reminder – 2021-22 Academic Calendar Update

KIPP Albany Families: Happy New Year! As a reminder, there will be no school for scholars on Monday, January 3rd due to staff professional development. We are excited to welcome students back to school on Tuesday, January 4th. Here’s a link to a letter sent home last month from Chief Schools Officer Halim Genus detailing the changes to the 2021-22 academic calendar.


Calendar Changes:

  • Monday, January 3rd No School for Students. Staff Professional Development Day. 
  • Tuesday, January 4th Return to In-person Learning

The updated calendar for your child’s school can be found on the school’s page on this website. Please reach out to your child’s school directly with any questions.

Thank you for your partnership and trust in our schools.


KIPP Albany Update – December 16, 2021 – Important Safety Update

Dear KIPP Albany Team & Family, 

As you may be aware, there is a TikTok video circulating online that promotes December 17 as a national school shooting day. According to law enforcement, there is no credible threat to schools and it is not associated with KIPP Albany or any specific school district.

However, like other area schools, we are still taking a proactive approach by communicating with our local police and with our safety team.  Out of an abundance of caution, we have asked local police to have a more visible presence at our schools tomorrow.

We are sharing this information with you not to alarm you, but to keep you informed.  As always, if at any point you have information about a threat to our school community, please come forward by contacting local police or the school directly.

Keeping our school community safe is our number one priority and our shared commitment.  We thank you for your partnership in that work.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Valle
Executive Director
KIPP Albany


KIPP Albany Update – December 9th, 2021 – 2021-22 Academic Calendar Update

Please click this link to view a letter from Chief Schools Officer Halim Genus with calendar updates for December 2021 and January 2022.

Calendar Changes:

  • Monday, December 20th Asynchronous Virtual Learning Day
  • Tuesday, December 21st Asynchronous Virtual Learning Day
  • Wednesday, December 22nd Asynchronous Virtual Learning Day
  • Monday, January 3rd No School for Students. Staff Professional Development Day. 
  • Tuesday, January 4th Return to In-person Learning

The updated calendar for your child’s school can be found on the school’s page on this website. Please reach out to your child’s school directly with any questions. 


KIPP Albany Update – December 7th, 2021 – Regional Events & Announcements

Covid 19 Vaccine Clinic Sponsored by Marra’s Pharmacy & Livingston Pharmacy 
Open to the extended KIPP Albany school community (eligible students, families, staff, community members & beyond)
Saturday, December 18 10:00- 12:00
KIPP Tech Valley Primary School, 1 Dudley Heights, Albany
Register Today!
Click to register participants ages 5-11
Click to register participants ages 12 and up

Parent Empowerment Opportunities:

KIPP Albany Parent Empowerment Session  (click to view flyer) 
Topic: Positive Discipline Strategies
Wednesday, December 15th
6:00 PM
Click here to join
**All participating families will be entered to win a gift card!

SEFCU Financial Literacy Workshop Series  (click to view flyer) 
Join KIPP Albany and SEFCU for this four part series to grow your dough!
Tuesday, January 11th
6:00 PM
Click here to register 
Upcoming Workshop Topics: Understanding & Managing Credit (Jan. 18), Tackle Your Debt (Jan. 25) and Home Buying 101 (Feb. 1) 

Stakeholder Survey:
We are applying for funds from the federal government to support the safe reopening of schools and provide opportunities to address the impacts of lost instructional time resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the process to plan how we will use the funds, we are seeking your input. Please use this survey to provide your input.

If successfully awarded the funds, we will share our progress in using these funds and give you another opportunity to provide feedback on the implementation of the ARP funding plan in six months.

Survey for KIPP ACCS
Survey for KIPP Tech Valley 


KIPP Albany Update – November 16, 2021

Upcoming Parent Empowerment Sessions
Join Chief Impact Officer Neal Currie at our monthly sessions to share, collaborate and learn tips on how to support yourself, your scholar and families.

KIPP Albany Parent Empowerment Session
Topic: Improve Family Communication
Thursday, November 18th
6:00 PM
Click here to join 

KIPP Albany Parent Empowerment Session
Topic: Positive Discipline Strategies
Wednesday, December 15th
6:00 PM
Click here to join

Enroll in Our New Text Messaging Service!
KIPP Albany is launching a new messaging service to better communicate with families. SchoolMessenger will be used to share important school message through phone calls, emails and text messages. Individuals must opt-in to the text messaging service.

Traffic Study at the KIPP Tech Valley Campus
KIPP Albany partnered with the City of Albany on a traffic study in the month of October to improve pedestrian and vehicle traffic surrounding our Northern Boulevard campus, along with increasing access to the Tivoli Preserve.

Share your feedback on the campus traffic on this survey! 


For more information please contact info@kippalbany.org.

Our Mission: Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose- college, career, and beyond- so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

KIPP Albany American Rescue Plan Documents

The documentation linked below has been submitted to the New York State Education Department for review. For more information please contact info@kippalbany.org or 518-694-9494.

KIPP Tech Valley Charter Schools Documents:
Submitted FS-10 Budget Form 
Submitted Budget Narrative Form

KIPP Albany Community Charter Schools Documents:
Submitted FS-10 Budget Form 
Submitted Budget Narrative Form

KIPP Albany 2021-22 School Reopening Plan

UPDATE: August, 2021

KIPP Albany Families,

We are excited to launch the 2021-2022 school year and for the last five weeks have been planning to safely and joyfully launch the year together!  

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our decisions have been grounded in one philosophy: ensuring that our students, their families, our staff, and our community are safe. Your responses to our recent Return to  School Survey have helped inform the establishment of an academic program that meets the needs and preferences of our families. We are excited to share that all four KIPP Albany schools will return to fully in-person instruction for all scholars for the 2021-2022 school year. See below for daily hours of your child’s school.

Click this link to view school hours, Covid-19 health and safety guidelines, and frequently asked questions. 

With a return to in-person learning, our school teams are equipped with new professional development and tools to address learning loss due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Each school will be gathering student data through subject matter assessments at the start of the school year. These assessments will allow educators to ensure your child is given the proper resources to reach academic and personal growth. Additional social-emotional supports will be provided to students and families throughout the school year during the school day and through after hours programming. 

We could not be more excited to welcome all of our students back to school in the coming weeks. Balancing this excitement is our commitment to create a safe environment for all scholars, families, and staff members. Our school teams are diligently working to create an environment that adheres to strict health and safety protocols to allow our students to focus on achieving their limitless potential. See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for more information about the measures we are taking to keep our team and family safe.

As always, we appreciate your partnership during these unpredictable and volatile times. Please reach out to your child’s school with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your trust in our schools.

Click here to view school hours, Covid-19 health and safety guidelines, and frequently asked questions. 

KIPP Albany 2021-22 Draft School Wide Safety Plan

UPDATE: August, 2021

KIPP Albany Community Public Charter School has shared a draft version of its annual School Wide Safety Plan for the 2021-22 School Year.

The document can be viewed here. Public Comment on the School Wide Safety Plan should be submitted via email to info@kippalbany.org by 12 PM on Tuesday, September 21st.

KIPP Albany Seeks Public Comment on Draft Federal Stimulus Plan

UPDATE: June, 2021

KIPP Albany Community Public Charter School is slated to receive $5.2m in stimulus funding over the next three years, ending in September 2024. Below is a draft plan from KIPP Albany on ways to utilize funds across our four school region.

Decision making on the proposed spending plan is based on our four guiding principles: relationships with students, families and staff, the safety of our school community, progress monitoring to ensure academic success and routines to provide our KIPP community with the structure and clear expectations to flourish.

Please view the draft plan below and share your feedback on the survey using the link provided by June 30, 2021.

Click here to view the presentation on our draft plans to utilize the federal stimulus funds.

Click here to provide your feedback on the draft plan. 

2020/21 Reopening Plans

UPDATE: October 15, 2020
Families, as you know, based on your input and our focus on ensuring the safety of our communities, all of our schools are scheduled to be fully virtual through October 30.

As we approach the end of the month of October, we have gathered family and staff feedback through surveys to ensure we had new and accurate data to base our re-opening decisions on. As always, our decisions are grounded in the safety of our students and staff, relationships, routines, and providing instruction that has a positive measurable impact on student outcomes.

For students in grades kindergarten through second: 

  • In November and December, Kindergarten through Second Grade students at KIPP Albany Community Charter Elementary and KIPP Tech Valley Primary will have the option to opt-in to in-person learning, with Kindergarten returning first the week of November 16th .
  • First and Second Grade students will return in phases over the following weeks. Please see messages from your school for a detailed schedule.
  • All K-2 families will have the option to choose the best option for their child. Families will choose to in-person learning or continue with virtual learning. Please refer to messages from your student’s school with more information and to opt-in to the model that works best for your family.
  • Once you select in-person or virtual, this is the model that your child will be committed to through the December Holiday Break. If you have not yet received a message, please contact the school directly.

For students in grades three through eight:

  • Third through Eighth Grade students at KIPP Albany will remain in a virtual learning environment through the December Holiday Break.
  • As we move closer to December, we will continue to seek family input to obtain updated data and hear your feedback on the best learning environment for your child. Plans for January will be announced before the break.

Based on your input, we are also increasing the capacity of our Supervised Learning Spaces at KIPP Tech Valley Middle School. As K-2 students return to in-person learning, those spots will be made available to KIPP Albany students under the age of 12 in grades three through eight on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in one of these spaces, please email: sls@kipptechvalley.org

UPDATE: July 31, 2020

Our team has been hard at work planning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  Based on your input and our focus on ensuring our schools are safe, built on relationships between students and our staff, consistent for you and your family, and allow students to learn, we have submitted to New York State that it is our plan to begin our school year fully virtual through at least October 30.  We have also submitted planning around a hybrid model (rotation of in-person and remote learning at under 50% capacity) and a fully in-person model, as required by NYS.

We want to have an in-person learning option as soon as possible but, based on current information, we don’t know when that will be an option for our community.  We will continue to evaluate the new information we’re receiving almost daily and re-open in-person as soon as we can ensure it is safe and will allow us to focus on relationships, consistent routines, and excellent in-person instruction.

Starting the year fully virtual will allow us to focus all of our time and energy into building an exceptional distance learning model with your feedback in mind.  Learning will primarily be from 9 AM – 1 PM every day, with small group work, individual supports, and other assignments from 1 – 3 PM.  Teaching will be done both synchronously (live) and asynchronously every day.

What You Can Count On

  • Every child will receive their own Chromebook (or iPad, if your student is in Kindergarten at KIPP Tech Valley Primary School).
  • If you need Internet access at home, we will provide you with a free WiFi hotspot.
  • We will work with you to provide other resources or supports you need to make this work for your student.
  • Your student will be in a cohort of no more than 10-15 students to ensure they get individualized support.
  • You will receive a daily schedule for your student and have access to their remote learning platforms to know when assignments are due, if they’re attending classes or submitting work, and how they’re doing.
  • Each family will have a customized, one-on-one in-person orientation to ensure you (and any other family members supporting your child) know how to access remote learning.  We’ll repeat this training as often as you need it.
  • Remote learning will be designed so your child can access it on their own, without continued adult support.
  • We will continue meal service and are exploring drop-off points or home delivery to make it easier for your family to take advantage of free breakfast and lunch.
  • For our youngest students, we’re exploring options to provide supervised learning spaces for the small number of students who have no home-learning options.  Please contact your school’s principal if you think this may apply to you.

We will also continue to seek parent feedback to help us refine these plans, make them work best for you, and determine when is the best time to reopen our schools for in-person instruction.

We will get through this together, and will continue to do everything possible to ensure our students and families.  Thank you for your trust in our schools.


KIPP Albany Community Public Charter Schools is a new partnership between KIPP Tech Valley Charter Schools and Albany Community Charter Schools.  KIPP Albany is now comprised of four schools for the 2020-2021 school year: KIPP Tech Valley Primary School (1 Dudley Heights), KIPP Tech Valley Middle School (321 Northern Blvd), KIPP Albany Community Charter Elementary School (65 Krank Street), and KIPP Albany Community Charter Middle School (42 S. Dove).  All four schools will be following the same reopening plan for 2020-2021.  Visit the school pages for more school-specific information.