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Quick Guide to BCMS – 2020-21

Filed in Archive by on August 18, 2020


  • BCMS Phone: 518-439-7460
  • BCMS Fax: 518-475-0092
  • BCMS Attendance: 518-439-7460

STUDENT ARRIVAL – First Bell 8:00 AM.  

  • During the COVID 19 Pandemic, no students should be left unattended prior to the 8:00 AM Arrival Bell. 
  • Students arriving after 8:10 a.m. must report to the Main Office with a note signed by parents.

DISMISSAL – 2:45 p.m.

  • (COVID 19 Procedures) No student is allowed to take a bus to any other location at dismissal other than their routine home address.
  • NOT APPLICABLE DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING: If the student is taking a different bus than their usual route a note from home is required to be brought to the Main Office first thing in the morning. The note will be signed at the front desk, the student must present the note to the bus driver of the alternate route.


ITEMS DROPPED OFF FOR STUDENTS Until further notice parents are not allowed to enter the building so no supplies should be dropped during the day.

ABSENCES – Call option #1 at 518-439-7460 any time, day or night, when your child will be absent from school. Your child should get missed assignments from Aspen or another student for short-term absences.

MAKE-UP – In the case of a long-term absence, parents should contact the Guidance Office before 9:00 a.m.

Assignments may be picked up in the bins located outside the Main Office, the day following a request after 3:30 p.m. Students are given 2 days for each day absent to make up missed work.  A written excuse signed by the parent is needed upon return.

ILLEGAL ABSENCES These guidelines apply exclusively to students who are illegally absent for one or more days.     (They do not apply to students who are legally absent for reasons of illness, bereavement, religious observance or other educational purpose.)

Students and parents are advised that current or improved levels of achievement are not likely to be attained as a result of illegal absences. Some assignments cannot be duplicated and missing these activities might, in fact, affect the student’s grade.

Teachers are not obligated to provide assignments in advance for illegal absences. If teachers do provide the assignments, the students are required to return the assignments completed on the day they return to school to receive full credit. If not returned on the first day back to school, the grading/credit is subject to the teacher’s late policy.

The day of the student’s return to school, parents and students may request a list of assignments owed. A list of assignments owed will be provided within two days of the request. If the student receives the work after they return, from the time the work is provided, the student has one day for each day absent to complete the assignment for full credit.

LEAVING FOR AN APPOINTMENT DURING THE SCHOOL DAY – Parent-signed notes should be brought by the student to the Main Office during homeroom. Please include the time leaving and the nature of the appointment (e.g. doctor, dentist, etc.) Parents who have a cell phone should call the main office upon arrival in the parking lot and students will then be escorted to the front door. Parents who do not have a cell phone should ring the front bell and wait for the student to be escorted. It is not necessary for parents to accompany them back into school.


MEDICATION – All must be brought to the Health Office by students and accompanied by a doctor’s order. (Doctor’s note must include frequency, time, reason, dosage and duration of treatment.) Medication must be enclosed in a properly labeled container.

REPORT CARDS/INTERIM REPORTS – are sent via the Aspen Parent Portal approximately every ten weeks. Dates are listed on the BC District Calendar.

SCHOOL TARDINESS – Report to the Main Office with a parent note explaining the reason for being late.