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High school to resume in-person instruction Weds., Dec. 9

Filed in Archive, BCHS, District, District News by on December 8, 2020

A message from Superintendent Jody Monroe for BCHS families:

Dear BCHS family:

The high school is set to resume in-person instruction on Wednesday, December 9 for students in grades 9-12. The school is back to full staff following positive COVID-19 cases that sent several teachers and students into quarantine over the last two weeks and the acceleration of confirmed cases at the high school has slowed.

The most recent case confirmed by the Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH) in the BCHS community was on Saturday, Dec. 5, a case that involved an individual last in the building on Nov. 20. 

The district continues to monitor COVID-19 cases in our school community, as well as in the wider community. We are in constant contact with the public health officials from the Albany County Department of Health and we look to them, and our school physician, for guidance on all matters related to COVID-19. 

When the Albany County Department of Health notifies the district of a confirmed COVID-19 case, the district assists the department with its case investigation and contact tracing. If the department’s case investigation indicates that there was potential exposure at school, the health department will quarantine an entire classroom, if it is a student or teacher or aide who works in the classroom.

As a result of the ACDOH tracing and quarantine protocols, staff shortages can add up quickly. It is these staff shortages that impact our ability to keep schools open. Just a few cases can make school closure a necessity.

We understand the uncertainty of whether school will be open or closed has made an already challenging situation more difficult. Students in grades 9-12 have the option of choosing to stay in remote learning if they are more comfortable doing so. Families whose students are interested in staying with virtual learning temporarily or long-term are encouraged to reach out to their student’s school counselor with that request. 

Our staff, at all of our schools, have shown great dedication in their efforts to maintain the best learning environment possible. Please support them by doing your part to maintain the same health and safety protocols we all know make a difference in keeping one another safe and keeping our schools open: 

  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain six feet of distance
  • Use proper hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Don’t socialize with those outside your own household without a mask
  • Complete the daily COVID screening
  • Monitor for symptoms

Following these protocols is especially important as winter approaches. If these are a challenge for you or your child, again, please consider the virtual learning option that is available for students in grades 9-12.

Thank you for your patience as we continue on this unprecedented journey.

Sincerely,

Jody Monroe

Superintendent