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Jan. 22: Four positive COVID cases

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on January 22, 2021

Four positive cases of COVID-19 were reported today, Friday, Jan. 22, at Bethlehem Central High School.

All four cases at BCHS were students who have tested positive. In three of the four cases, there was no exposure due to students not having been at school this week. In the fourth case, there was possible exposure at school on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Several contacts — including students and staff — were identified and all contacts have been notified of the need to quarantine.

All students who have tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

Information received by the school district indicates that multiple cases reported over the last week at the high school have been connected to activities outside of school. As a precaution, several students at the high school will switch to remote learning while the Albany County Department of Health continues its investigation and contact tracing related to this potential link. Families of the BCHS students impacted by the switch to remote learning are being contacted this afternoon.

All schools in the district will remain open for in-person/hybrid instruction.

      It is extremely important that the daily COVID screener is completed every day and that the following safety protocols remain in place for students and staff:

      • 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. For staff, please stay home if you get a “thumbs down” and contact your immediate supervisor.

      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