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Grades 6-12 set to resume in-person schedule on Jan. 19

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on January 14, 2021

Important updates for all BC families from Superintendent Jody Monroe:

Dear BC family,

This week, K-5 students returned to schools across the district. Next week, we plan to welcome our students in grades 6-12 back to in-person learning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The schedule for students beginning Tuesday will be as follows:

  • Grades K-5: In-person daily
  • Grade 6: In-person daily
  • Grades 7-12: Hybrid schedule (Tuesday, Jan. 19 is an “A” day)
  • K-12 Skills & Intensive Skills students: In-person daily
  • BEEP & RISE students: In-person daily

Please note: All students in grades 6-12 scheduled to return next week have the option to continue in remote learning if requested. Families of middle school or high school students who want to stay in remote learning should reach out to their child’s school counselor.

We are continuing to monitor COVID-19 cases in the community and here in the district. While cases have remained steady in recent weeks, we currently have adequate staffing to allow us to resume in-person instruction in all grades. Many of our faculty and staff have already begun (or have appointments in the coming weeks) to receive their COVID vaccinations as part of the state’s Phase 1b plan to vaccinate frontline workers. In addition, today the district began testing asymptomatic staff for COVID-19. The rapid tests are intended to help us identify possible outbreaks in the school community and provide us with additional data for decision-making. This week, we are testing faculty and staff at the middle school and high school. We will expand staff testing at our other schools next week and plan to begin student testing shortly after that. Only students whose families have provided consent will be tested.

District COVID testing information can be found here. This information has been updated since I first shared it on Dec. 29. The only change is that that testing is not being mandated by New York State but instead is being recommended by the Albany County Department of Health as an important tool in addressing COVID in the school community.

To provide all families K-12 with opportunities to ask questions about the student COVID testing or about any of the other COVID safety protocols in the district, I will be hosting two online question-and-answer sessions for parents and guardians. In addition to health and safety issues, these sessions will also give families the opportunity to ask questions about academics, student support or other issues impacting their child’s experience as we approach mid-year. Members of my administrative team will join me for these sessions and while we can’t promise to be able to answer every question with certainty, we will do our best to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Q2 Superintendent Q & A Sessions for BC Families K-12

  • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. (link will be sent to K-12 families on Mon., Jan. 25)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. (link will be sent to K-12 families on Tues., Jan 26)

To assist us, please use this form to submit questions in advance.

If you have any questions that I can answer prior to the Q & A sessions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at jmonroe@bethlehemschools.org.

As always, thank you for your continued support and your unending patience during this very challenging time. 

Sincerely,

Jody Monroe

Superintendent