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Back to School: Daily COVID Screening for Students

Filed in District, District News by on September 8, 2020

The first day of school is Wednesday, Sept. 9 for all BC students in grades K-12. While most students will be online only until the week of Sept. 14, the district is asking families to begin the school year by starting a daily routine that is vitally important to the success of the new school year. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9, all Bethlehem Central School District families whose students will be returning to our school buildings will begin receiving, via email, a required daily screening for their students that must be completed every morning before school. 

Parents and guardians of students who have chosen virtual learning will not receive the daily survey for those students. However, all other families will receive the screening via email each day. It is important that the screening becomes a daily morning routine. To ensure that routine, families of students in grades 7-12 who will be attending school on an alternating “A” and “B” day schedule will be asked to complete the survey every day, even on days when students are not scheduled to be at school in person.

What does the screening include?

The student health screening includes the following:

  • A request that parents take their child/ren’s temperature each morning prior to coming to school. Anyone with a temperature of 100.0F or higher should not come to school.

The form also includes (these areas are already pre-filled):

  • Student name
  • Building
  • Grade
  • Date
  • Guardian name

Parents will then respond yes or no to three screening questions:

  1. Today or in the past 24 hours has your child had any of these symptoms?
    • Fever (100.0F or higher) or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  2. Did your child have a diagnostic COVID-19 test in the past 14 days and/or been in close contact with an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  3. Have you traveled internationally, or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 (per the NYS Travel Advisory) in the past 14 days?

Families will then submit the form. Based on the answers submitted, students will either get a “thumbs up” and will be able to come to school. A “thumbs down” means that that a student will be required to stay home. Families should report their child’s absence to the school attendance office and contact the school nurse. 

How will I receive the BCSD Covid Survey?

Every day, an email will be sent in the overnight hours to a child’s parents/guardians who are listed in Aspen. The screening survey only needs to be filled out by one parent/guardian for each child every day. A reminder email will also be sent before school to families of students who have not completed the survey so it can be completed before the school day begins.

If you have more than one child in the Bethlehem Central School District, there will be a link for each child. You will need to complete an individual survey for each child every day.

The email will look like this:

The survey will look like this (symptom list is updated as changes are made by CDC):

Questions about COVID-19 student health screening?

If you have questions about your child’s health or possible exposure to COVID-19, please contact your child’s health care provider. If your child’s screening results in a “thumbs down,” please contact your school attendance office and contact your school nurse.

For general questions, please email districtoffice@bethlehemschools.org.