Special Update from Superintendent Wells, March 24, 2021:


Dear AUSD Community,

Hurrah! We Did It Together! Albany Unified School District reached a tentative agreement today with Albany Teachers Association (ATA) regarding the return to in-person instruction.We are so thankful to ATA and to all of our staff who have worked so hard to bring our students back to school safely! This is something to celebrate, something that gives all of us hope. Although not all students are returning to campus, all of us in the AUSD community have taken a major step forward. 


Cornell, Marin, and Ocean View Elementary Schools will be offering a five-days-a-week, modified full-day program beginning next Monday, March 29. Please stay tuned to information from your school for many more details. For families that opted to return to in-person instruction, arrival and departure times are listed below:


TK/K Extended Daily Schedule:

  • AM cohort: 8:30 am–11:30 am
  • PM cohort: 12:30 pm–3:30 pm 


Staggered Start and End Times for Grades 1-5:

  • Grade 1: 9:15 am - 1:30 pm
  • Grade 2: 9:00 am - 1:15 pm
  • Grade 3: 8:45 am - 1:00 pm
  • Grade 4: 8:30 am - 12:45 pm
  • Grade 5: 8:30 am - 12:45 pm


Please note: remote instruction will also shift to these times.
Also, to allow teachers to get ready for this reopening, March 25-26 will be Transition Days, with asynchronous instruction for all TK/K-5th grade students.


Albany Middle School reopens for four-days-a-week in-person instruction beginning April 5, according to this AMS schedule. Mondays through Thursdays, half of the returning students (Yellow Cohort) will attend in-person classes from 8:30am - 10:35am. The other half (Black Cohort) will attend in-person classes from 11:35am - 1:40pm. Fridays are reserved for asynchronous work, teacher office hours, and club activities. A new Intent-To-Return form will be sent out soon for parents to make a choice regarding in-person instruction based on this new schedule. Friday, March 26 will be a Transition Day with asynchronous instruction only. 


No Changes at Albany High School:

As announced previously, the in-person afternoon Academy Program will begin on April 19. Transition Days with asynchronous instruction will be April 7, 8, and 9


Special Board Meeting this Friday 

The AUSD Board of Education will hold a special meeting this Friday, March 26 regarding the Amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding just announced.  The agenda for this meeting will be posted Thursday morning on the District website.


Sara Hinkley, Ph.D.

School Board President


Dr. Frank Wells
Superintendent of Schools

Albany Unified School District