News and Announcements


City of Albany
Construction Projects for
Albany Middle School & Marin Elementary School
August 2016

Albany Middle School: Construction Project on Brighton

The City of Albany is creating a bio-swale on the Albany Middle School campus near the library to filter water running off of street to prevent pollution. This project is part of a grant that the City received and includes an education component for Albany Middle School students. The Raingarden will be constructed for teachers and students to see how bioswales work, and teachers can use this area as an opportunity for teaching cross curricular lessons. During construction, the North sidewalk in front of school will be inaccessible. We asked the City to ensure that the noisiest portion of the construction occurs before students return to school. However, construction will occur during the first two to three weeks of school.

Parking in front of Albany Middle School will be limited due to the work area. There will be ample signage and barriers to keep children and motorists out of the construction area. In addition, flashing school signage will be installed on Brighton.

If possible, please drop students off on Key Route or Masonic Avenue and remind them to cross Brighton on the crosswalks.

Marin Elementary School: Construction Project on Curtis Street

The Marin sidewalk improvement project started on August 8th with a projected completion date of September 8th. This project is designed to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow in the Curtis/Marin area. Most of the demolition work/noise making activities were completed in the first two weeks of the project. The West side of Curtis (closest to school) is phased to be completed first.

There will also be flashing school signage installed on Marin and Curtis. There will be raised crosswalks installed on the North corner of Sonoma crossing Curtis. A speed bump will also be installed on Sonoma approaching the intersection of Curtis. Please use caution when using these corners as you walk and drive to Marin School. One of the safest alternatives is using the light at Santa Fe and Marin Ave where there are also two crossing guards. Thank you for your cooperation and diligence during this construction project.

Alexia Ritchie, Principal
Marin Elementary School

Aeries Parent Portal Update

Aeries Parent Portal update: Last week, the Aeries Parent Portal was inadvertently opened early for families. This was in error as placements are still being finalized based on multiple considerations. Teacher names will be available the evening of Friday, Aug 26. Please contact me with any further questions [email protected]


Albany Unified School District is dedicated to academic achievement and success for all students. Regular school attendance is an integral part of that success. California law states that absences are excused only if the child is ill, or for bereavement of an immediate family member. All other absences are unexcused. School districts are required to report students as truant when they have 3 or more unexcused absences and/or over 30minute tardies, in a school year. Many parents may be unaware that taking a vacation or going out of town for a "family emergency" during school, is an unexcused absence and thus subject their child (or children) to laws related to truancy. Therefore we have implemented the following policy for students who leave for vacation or family emergencies, during the last 30 days of school. Students who are absent 10 or more consecutive days of school and not returning before the last day of school, will be dis-enrolled to avoid being reported as truant. Students must re-enroll at the District Office upon returning to Albany; however, there is no guarantee that you will receive the same school assignment. Returning students will be treated as new applicants and will be assigned to an elementary school based on space availability. Middle school and high school students will not be guaranteed to receive the courses previously selected for 2016-17. Courses, including elective, will be assigned on a space-available basis. Parents must also verify their Albany address at the time of re-enrollment. Students with inter-district permits, will be in violation of the Inter-district Attendance Agreement and risk losing their permit to attend school in Albany. We are confident that by working together, we can ensure excellent attendance for each and every one of our students. Thank you very much for
your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact your school principal. Linda Williams, Student ServicesCoordinator—AUSD ([email protected]).
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