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Update Mar. 12: COVID-19 information

Filed in District, District News by on March 12, 2020

A message for families from Superintendent Jody Monroe:

Dear BC Parent/Guardian:

As you are aware, the situation regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus is rapidly evolving. The school district continues to monitor all guidance from local, state and federal agencies. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the school district. We do have some updates to share regarding scheduled events and our planning in the event of a school closure.

The information below is based on the information available at this time. We will continue to provide regular updates.

School Events and Activities

Today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that there will be no public gatherings of larger than 500 people in New York State. Schools have been identified as an exception to this. Our plan is to continue with the regular school day on Friday, March 13, but place limits on after school and extracurricular events beginning tomorrow.

Consistent with the state’s effort to restrict large gatherings, please note the following that will go into effect in our school district on Friday, March 13, at 4:00 p.m. until further notice:

  • All use of school buildings by outside groups will be discontinued, with the exception of School’s Out. 
  • Continuing Education programs will be suspended.
  • Any large school events/gatherings that are scheduled will either not take place or will take place with limited occupancy for the time being. We will provide more details about this tomorrow, Friday, March 13.

Specific District Event Information

  • Meet the Coaches Night scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 is canceled. Coaches will be in touch with individual families.
  • The District Choral Festival scheduled for next Thursday, March 19 will not be held. 
  • The BCMS Multicultural Dinner scheduled for March 26 will not take place.
  • More details about specific upcoming events will be made available as soon as possible.

I realize this is a time of year that many students and families look forward to. However, we will be limiting access to the buildings when needed. It is very likely that many upcoming events will be canceled, postponed or limited, for the broader good of the community.  

We are currently working with our instructional staff to determine how we will be able to provide instruction in the event of a school closure. I can assure you that we will do the best that we can with the time and resources that are available to us; however, I also want to be honest and tell you this will not be the same as the instruction that happens every day in our classrooms. I would ask that if your child does not have access to an internet connection please contact your child’s school so that we can help. You will receive more information about this in the coming days.

We have received inquiries about keeping children home as a precautionary measure. Currently, we are relying on guidance from NYSED, DOH and CDC and this is currently not recommended by any of these agencies. I certainly respect your decision to do what you believe is best for your child; however, we do not have the ability to waive attendance requirements or provide instruction for this purpose.

Finally, I want to thank you for your continued support during this challenging time. Please continue to remind your child about good hygiene practices. If you or your child are sick please do not come to the buildings and if you have any concerns about your child’s health, please notify the school nurse promptly so that we can assist you.

Sincerely,

Jody Monroe

Superintendent of Schools