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Positive COVID case at Glenmont

Filed in Archive, District, District News, Glenmont by on November 28, 2020

The Bethlehem Central School District was notified today, Saturday, Nov. 28, that a member of the Glenmont School community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual who tested positive is currently in isolation and will not return to school until they are cleared by the Health Department.

As part of its case investigation, the Albany County Department of Health has determined that there was possible exposure at school and will quarantine an entire classroom, and any other close contacts at the school, as a result. The potential date of possible exposure was Friday, November 20. The school district is currently assisting the Health Department with contact tracing.

Families of students who are required to quarantine will be contacted by both school and the Department of Health regarding quarantine orders. 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.

Glenmont Elementary School will be open for in-person instruction as scheduled on Monday, Nov. 30. All other elementary schools will also be open for in-person instruction. The high school will be all remote from Nov. 30-Dec. 4 as the result of a staffing shortage due to quarantine. At the middle school, Patroon 8 will be remote through Thursday, Dec. 3, also as a result of widespread quarantine.

In the district, there have been 22 cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Albany County Department of Health since the start of the school year:

  • BCHS – 17
  • BCMS – 1
  • Eagle Elementary School – 1
  • Glenmont Elementary School – 1
  • Slingerlands Elementary School – 2

As a reminder, all school buildings are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected every night school is in session in accordance with guidance from the CDC and the New York State Department of Health.

It is important that families continue to complete the district’s COVID screening tool every morning before school. Any indicator that results in a red “thumbs-down” on the screening should be reported to your child’s school nurse as soon as possible. Also, if your family traveled recently, you must follow all protocols related to travel before returning to school:

Outside of school, students and families should continue to follow these COVID-19 safety precautions:

  • 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.