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BCSD Covid Screening for Students

Filed in Archive by on September 8, 2020

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9, all Bethlehem Central School District families whose students will be returning to our school buildings will begin receiving a required daily screening for their students that must be completed every morning before school.

Families of students who have chosen virtual learning will not receive the daily survey. However, 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 as a way to ensure this important health and safety screening becomes a routine part of your day.

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 for their children:

  1. Has your child experienced any of these symptoms in the past 14 days?
    • Fever (100.0F or higher) chills or sweating
    • 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:

Questions about COVID-19 student health screening?

If your child’s screening results in a “thumbs down,” please contact your school attendance office and contact your school nurse and read this important information (updated Sept. 17, 2020).

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