main content starts here

HS to be remote Tuesday, Nov. 24 with new positive COVID case

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on November 23, 2020

The Bethlehem Central School District was notified today, Monday, Nov. 23, of a positive case of COVID-19 at Bethlehem Central High School. The district is working this evening with the Albany County Department of Health on its case investigation and contact tracing.

As a precaution, while contact tracing begins, all students at Bethlehem Central High School will move to all-remote learning on Tuesday, November 24. All BCHS students should log on from home on Tuesday. All staff should report unless otherwise notified by your supervisor on Nov. 23 about a possible quarantine related to this case.

In-person instruction will continue as scheduled Tuesday at all other schools in the district. At BCMS, Patroon 8 only will be in remote learning on Tuesday as a result of quarantine related to a case identified on Sunday, Nov. 22.

If quarantine is required for students, families of those students will be contacted by both school and the Department of Health regarding quarantine requirements. If you do not receive a notification about quarantine, you are not considered a contact. 

Please keep in mind that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws do not allow the district to disclose or confirm any personally identifiable information; therefore, we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

There have been 19 cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Albany County Department of Health since the start of the school year:

  • BCHS – 15
  • BCMS – 1
  • Eagle Elementary School – 1
  • Slingerlands Elementary School – 2

It is important that families follow CDC recommendations related to travel and the Thanksgiving holiday. The New York State travel advisory can be viewed here. If a family must travel for the holiday, please be aware of the NYS-mandated protocols related to a return to school. 

In addition, please follow the COVID-19 safety precautions that we practice at school when you are away from school. These are intended to keep your family safe and help keep our schools open:

  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times from those you don’t live with.
  • 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.