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BCMS Patroon 8 will go remote after confirmed COVID case at MS

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on November 24, 2020

Update Nov. 24: Due to the quarantine of teachers on the Patroon 8 team, all Patroon 8 students will stay in remote learning through Thursday, Dec. 3. All other BCMS students will continue with in-person instruction as scheduled.


The Bethlehem Central School District was informed today, Sunday, Nov. 22, of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Bethlehem Central Middle School. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the Albany County Department of Health.

The Albany County Department of Health has determined through its case investigation that there was possible exposure at the middle school. As a precaution, the health department will quarantine several classes at the middle school, including students and teachers.

As a result of the number of teachers who will be quarantined, all students in GRADE 8 PATROON HOUSE ONLY will switch to remote learning on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24.

For all other students at the middle school, in-person instruction will continue as scheduled. Monday is a “B” day for students in grades 7-12. As a reminder, all school buildings are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected every night school is in session in accordance with guidance from the CDC and the New York State Department of Health.

Families of the students who are subject to quarantine will be contacted separately by both school and the Department of Health regarding quarantine requirements. The school district is cooperating fully with contact tracing efforts by the health department. The potential exposure took place on Thursday, Nov. 19, the last day the individual who tested positive was in school.

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 18 cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Albany County Department of Health since the start of the school year:

  • BCHS – 14
  • BCMS – 1
  • Eagle Elementary School – 1
  • Slingerlands Elementary School – 2

It is important that families districtwide continue to complete the district’s COVID screening tool every morning before school. Any indicator that results in a red “thumbs-down” on the screening should be reported to your child’s school nurse as soon as possible.

In addition, please follow the COVID-19 safety precautions that we practice at school when you are away from school. These are intended to keep your family safe and help keep our schools open:

  • 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.