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Confirmed case of COVID-19 at BCHS

Filed in District, District News by on September 27, 2020

The district was notified on Sunday, September 27 by the Albany County Department of Health that a member of the Bethlehem Central High School community has tested positive for COVID-19.

District administrators are working closely with the Albany County Department of Health to identify this individual’s contacts within the school community. Anyone identified as having prolonged, direct exposure will be contacted directly by the Albany County Department of Health with information regarding quarantine and/or to arrange for testing.

Please note 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 regarding anyone who has tested positive.

On Monday, September 28, there is no school for students, including those at the high school, in observance of Yom Kippur. Our Operations and Maintenance team will be working on Monday to thoroughly clean and disinfect the school as scheduled. Since the start of the school year, the district has been thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all buildings throughout the district, in accordance with guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the CDC.

At this time, the district plans for the high school and all other school buildings to remain open for in-person instruction, which resumes Tuesday. All updates to this information will be posted to the district website and will be sent districtwide to families via School Messenger. The district will continue to work closely with the Albany County Department of Health and follow their guidance on maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment.