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Dec. 12: Three confirmed COVID cases

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on December 12, 2020

The Bethlehem Central School District learned today, Saturday, Dec. 12, of three more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the district. A summary of these new cases can be found below:

  • A student at Bethlehem Central High School has tested positive. There was possible exposure on Wednesday, Dec. 9. As a result, several classrooms will be quarantined. The district is working with the Albany County Health Department on contact tracing.  All identified contacts will be notified by the school about the quarantine and there will be follow-up by the health department. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department. It was announced Friday that the high school and the middle school will go remote on Monday, Dec. 14 through the December break.
  • A student at Slingerlands Elementary School has tested positive. There was possible exposure on Monday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Dec. 8. As a result, one classroom will be quarantined. The district is working with the Albany County Health Department on contact tracing. All identified contacts are being notified by the school about the quarantine and there will be follow-up by the health department. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department. 
  • A student at Glenmont Elementary School has tested positive. In its case investigation, the Department of Health has determined there was no exposure at the school. The last date this person was at the school was Friday, Dec. 4. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

Students in grades 6-12 will be all-remote beginning Monday, Dec. 14. All elementary schools will be open for in-person instruction.

It is important that families districtwide continue to complete the district’s COVID screening tool every morning before school. This includes students in grades 6-12 who will be in remote learning and students in quarantine. 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 continue to follow these important safety protocols: 

  • 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.