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Dec. 5: Positive COVID case at BCHS

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on December 5, 2020

The Bethlehem Central School District learned today, Saturday, Dec. 5, of another confirmed case of COVID-19 at the high 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 last day the person who tested positive was at the high school was Friday, Nov. 20, an “A” day. The Albany County Department of Health has indicated there was no exposure at the school related to this case and that there are no additional steps required for the district at this time regarding contact tracing.

The high school will remain all-remote through Tuesday, Dec. 8 as the district monitors the recent uptick in cases at the school. All other schools in the district remain open for in-person instruction. Eighty-one percent of confirmed cases in the Bethlehem Central School District have involved individuals in the high school community. Several of those cases have resulted in the widespread quarantine of students and teachers.

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 continue to follow these 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.

In the district, there have been 32 cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Albany County Department of Health since the start of the school year:

  • BCHS – 25
  • BCMS – 3
  • Eagle Elementary School – 1
  • Glenmont Elementary School – 1
  • Slingerlands Elementary School – 2