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BCHS will stay remote through Nov. 6

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on October 29, 2020

An important message from Superintendent Jody Monroe:

Dear BC family:

Remote learning will be extended for Bethlehem Central High School students one week, through Friday, November 6. Students in grades 9-12 moved to all-remote learning on Monday, Oct. 26 following a spike in COVID-19 cases at the high school.

All other schools in the district remain open for in-person instruction.

While there have been no additional COVID cases reported in the district since last Sunday, we want to ensure that our precautionary measures to limit the spread of the virus at the high school are not undone by a premature return to in-person instruction. Additionally, with so many individuals, both teachers and students, having to remain in quarantine through much of next week, we are concerned about the continuity of instruction with a return to school next week. Many students would be returning to school only to be in classes that are being taught remotely by teachers still at home.

With the uptick in cases last week, we are aware that several families have sought out testing. If you receive a positive COVID test result, please contact your child’s school nurse and the Albany County Department of Health at 518-447-4580 with that information. Timely reporting of these results and the contact tracing that follows is critical to maintaining a safe school environment

As we approach the weekend and Halloween, it is especially important for all of us to remember that personal responsibility is the best tool we have for keeping our students safe and keeping our schools open. Please enjoy the weekend and the holiday, and do so responsibly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jmonroe@bethlehemschools.org or BCHS Principal Dave Doemel at ddoemel@bethlehemschools.org.

Sincerely,

Jody Monroe

Superintendent