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Slingerlands has second confirmed COVID case

Filed in Archive, District, District News, Slingerlands by on November 13, 2020

The Bethlehem Central School District was notified today, Friday, Nov. 13, that a member of the Slingerlands Elementary School community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently in isolation and will not return to school until they are cleared by the Albany County Department of Health.

The last day the individual who tested positive was at school was on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The Albany County Department of Health will quarantine an entire classroom as a precaution. Families of the students who are subject to quarantine will be contacted directly by both the school and the health department. The school district is cooperating fully with contact tracing efforts by the health department.

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.

This is the second case reported at Slingerlands this week. There is no known link between the two cases. Districtwide there have been 12 cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Albany County Department of Health since the start of the school year. Ten cases have been reported in the high school community.

Slingerlands Elementary School will be open on Monday, Nov. 16. All other schools in the district will be open as well. 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.

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.
  • 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.