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BCHS to remain all-virtual through Dec. 4 after new COVID case

Filed in Archive, BCHS, District, District News by on November 27, 2020

The Bethlehem Central School District was notified today, Friday, Nov. 27, of a positive case of COVID-19 at Bethlehem Central High School. In its investigation, the Albany County Department of Health has determined there was potential exposure at school related to this case. The date of possible exposure at the high school was Monday, November 23. The individual who tested positive is currently in isolation and will not return to the high school until they are cleared by the health department. 

The school district is assisting the Albany County Department of Health with contact tracing. The Health Department will quarantine several classes identified as having close contact with the individual who tested positive. Students and staff will be contacted by both school and the Department of Health regarding quarantine requirements. If you do not receive a notification about quarantine, you are not considered a contact. 

With the large number of students and staff who will be in quarantine next week as a result of this case and others confirmed recently in the high school community, the high school will continue remote learning through Friday, Dec. 4.

In-person instruction at all other schools in the district will continue as scheduled. As a reminder at BCMS, Patroon 8 will also be in remote learning through Thursday, Dec. 3 as a result of quarantine related to a case identified on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Please keep in mind that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws do not allow the district to disclose or confirm any personally identifiable information; therefore, we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

There have been 21 cases of COVID-19 in the district confirmed by the Albany County Department of Health since the start of the school year:

  • BCHS – 17
  • BCMS – 1
  • Eagle Elementary School – 1
  • Slingerlands Elementary School – 2

It is important that students and families continue these COVID-19 safety precautions:

  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times from those you don’t live with.
  • Always wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose when you are out of your home or if someone from outside your household visits your home.
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently when out of your home. If you cannot use soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t touch the eyes, nose or mouth unless your hands are clean.
  • Do not come to school when you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose.

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately. COVID-19 testing information is available by calling the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 364-3065 or on the Albany County Department of Health website.3