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Travel reminders for BC staff, families

Filed in District, District News by on September 2, 2020

If you have travel plans for Labor Day weekend, you will want to be sure you are aware of Bethlehem Central School District’s protocols regarding travel and daily health screenings for the 2020-21 school year. 

The district’s daily screening tool is an important part of the district’s reopening plan. Both staff and students will be required to use the online screening tool every day before coming to school. The screening is used to determine who can safely be at school based on observed symptoms, recent travel or possible exposure to COVID-19. 

Any staff or students who travel out of the country or out of state to any location listed on the Governor’s Travel Advisory List will be required to quarantine for 14 days after returning to New York State. Persons who travel to any states listed on the Travel Advisory should self-report their travel to the school district. Employees report this information to their direct supervisor; families should report this information to their child’s school nurse. If a location has been removed from the travel advisory list while a person is serving their related 14-day mandatory quarantine, that person must still complete the full 14 days of mandatory quarantine before returning to school.

In the event that someone within a household travels to another country or a state on the travel advisory list and returns to New York State, but the student or staff member does not travel, that student or staff member may be allowed to return to school without a 14-day mandatory quarantine. In the event that a person in a household who has traveled tests positive for COVID-19, the Albany County Health Department will identify all household members as close contacts and quarantine all members of the household for 14 days.