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Feb. 26: Two positive COVID cases

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on February 26, 2021

Two new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported today, Feb. 26, in the Bethlehem Central School District, one at Glenmont Elementary School and the other at Hamagrael Elementary School.

Glenmont Elementary School

  • A student at Glenmont has tested positive. There was possible exposure on Monday, Feb. 22 at school and on a school bus. The school district is assisting with contact tracing. All identified contacts have been notified directly of the need to quarantine. The individual who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department. 

Hamagrael Elementary School

  • A student at Hamagrael has tested positive. There was possible exposure on Monday, Feb. 22 at school. The school district is assisting with contact tracing. All identified contacts have been notified directly of the need to quarantine. The individual who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department. 

The district is using new guidance from the Albany County Department of Health on quarantining released this week. The new guidance no longer requires automatic quarantining of entire classrooms or school buses, however, in some cases where individuals spend several hours a day together (i.e. elementary classrooms, special education classroom) the health department will still consider quarantining of entire classrooms. The district is working with the health department on a case-by-case basis, using seating charts and interviews, to assist with contact tracing.

      Please be sure to continue following the general COVID health and safety protocols, including:

      • 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.
      • Contact your medical provider if 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.
      • Do not come to school if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. In addition, if an individual in your household is symptomatic and is awaiting the results of a COVID test, please do not send your child to school.
      • If your child tests positive for COVID or if you get a “thumbs down” on your child’s daily COVID screening, please contact your child’s school nurse. 

      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