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All K-12 students remote thru Jan. 8

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on January 2, 2021

An important message from Superintendent Jody Monroe:

Dear BC Family:

The district has been actively monitoring the increase in COVID-19 cases here at BC and in the larger community. Due to the surge in cases in the Capital Region and a continuing stream of cases affecting students and staff, we have made the decision that all students in grades K-12 will be in remote learning Monday-Friday, Jan. 4-8, 2021.

This week of remote learning will also include those students who have been receiving daily in-person instruction including skills and intensive skills students, and BEEP and RISE students. In addition, there will be no transportation for CTE students.

This decision is based on the best data we have available to us today and is also meant to give families some time to prepare for the coming week and for what could be an extended period of remote learning. In the last week, we have learned of 13 new cases, including five between yesterday and today. Fortunately, the timing of those cases meant no exposure at school. However, if we were to resume in-person learning faced with a similar rate of infections and the need to quarantine large numbers of students and staff, we would be unable to operate.

Later today, I will be meeting with other area superintendents and Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen to discuss the county’s recommendations regarding school operations and the community spread of COVID-19. It was announced earlier today that the county would likely be recommending a school “pause.” Our conversations later today will provide us with more information about what those recommendations may entail and what is the best way forward for schools as our community deals with the troubling post-holiday surge in COVID infections. 

I will be sure to update you with any additional details that could impact teaching and learning at Bethlehem. For now, however, I believe it is important that you have the rest of today and tomorrow to plan for the week ahead. 

Thank you for your continued support and please stay healthy and safe!

Sincerely,

Jody Monroe

Superintendent