Welcome to the BCMS PTO

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The Bethlehem Middle School PTO is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the Administration, Faculty, Students and Families associated with the Bethlehem Middle School.

 

The PTO seeks to fulfill this responsibility by raising funds and seeking out volunteers that will enable us to support the many programs and events that we are called upon to provide for in many ways. The PTO provides assistance to teachers within the classroom settings, raises funds for educational materials and experiences, advocates school and family social interaction and provides an unbiased forum for sharing information on issues that impact our children.

 

It is our belief that the team effort of a parent teacher organization offers the best possible learning environment for our children and creates a positive and meaningful impact on their lives.

UPCOMING EVENTS 
CONTACT US
Jan. 17th

Martin Luther King Jr Day

  • BCMS Closed on Monday, Jan. 17th. 

  • Have a great day!

Parent Q&A with BC Superintendent Jody Monroe​

  • Topics will include:

  • COVID mitigation going forward

  • Instructional updates

  • A look ahead to our planning for the second half of this year, as well as the 2022-23 school year.

  • Zoom link and password to be provided

Jan. 20th
7:00pm
Mar. TBA
7:00pm

3rd BCMS PTO Meeting of 2021-22

  • Thursday, March TBA at 7:00pm.

  • Meeting to be held via Zoom.

  • Our Guest Speaker will be TBA

  • Zoom link and password to be provided.

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Bethlehem Central Middle School

Attn: BCMS PTO
332 Kenwood Ave.
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: (518) 439-7460
Fax: (518) 475-0092

Email: ptobcms@gmail.com

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SCHOOL NEWS / PTO UPDATES

An Important COVID Update from BC Superintentent Jody Monroe

January 10, 2022

Effective immediately, the Bethlehem Central School District will use the following protocols when allowing students to return to school following isolation and quarantine. These protocols follow updated CDC guidance released last week that shortens isolation and quarantine from 10 days to five, with certain exceptions.


No written guidance on isolation and quarantine specific to K-12 schools has been received yet from New York State or from the Albany County Department of Health, so this information is subject to change. Those changes could come at any time, so please keep that in mind when reviewing this information. If you have specific concerns regarding your child’s return to school following isolation or quarantine, please contact your child’s school nurse.

Isolation and a return to school for students


You isolate if you:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Students who test positive for COVID must isolate for a full five days:

  • Day 0: Symptom onset or tested positive.

  • Day 1: Stay home.

  • Day 2: Stay home.

  • Day 3: Stay home.

  • Day 4: Stay home.

  • Day 5: Stay home.

  • Day 6: Return to school if asymptomatic, or if symptoms are resolving.

 

In order for students who have tested positive and have had symptoms to return to school after the five-day isolation, they must:

  • Be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

  • Have not lost their sense of taste or smell.

  • Have no runny nose.

  • Have no more than an INFREQUENT, nonproductive cough that is not getting worse. Students with a cough must be able to tolerate continuous mask use as breaks are not allowed.

  • Have not experienced excessive or unusual fatigue. 

    • Have no persistent headache or muscle aches.

    • Have no nausea, diarrhea or vomiting for at least 24 hours.

 

Additional notes:

  • The five-day isolation and quarantine protocols require the use of a well-fitted mask for an additional 5 days after isolation or quarantine have ended.

  • The five-day isolation does not apply to those that are moderately to severely immunocompromised. These individuals must isolate for 10 days.

 
Quarantine and a return to school for students


You quarantine if you:

  • Are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

 

Some close contacts DO NOT have to quarantine: 


Fully vaccinated

  • If you are fully vaccinated and are asymptomatic, you may come to school. Please note that there may be some restrictions on extracurricular activities during the quarantine period.

 

Tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days

  • If you have tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, you do not have to quarantine.

 

Required to quarantine:
Not fully vaccinated

  • If you are not fully vaccinated and have not tested positive in the last 90 days, you will be required to quarantine.

 

Close contacts who must QUARANTINE will do so for a full five days:

  • Day 0: Date of exposure.

  • Day 1: Stay home.

  • Day 2: Stay home.

  • Day 3: Stay home.

  • Day 4: Stay home.

  • Day 5: Stay home.

  • Day 6: Return to school as long as no symptoms have developed.

 

Additional notes for quarantine:

  • If a student becomes symptomatic while quarantined, they must follow district protocols and utilize either a rapid antigen test, rapid PCR test, or lab PCR test to return to school when symptoms have subsided.

  • It is recommended that when using a rapid antigen test when symptomatic, that a second rapid antigen is performed with 24-48 hours of symptom onset. 

  • Individuals are encouraged, but not required, to have a COVID-19 test when leaving quarantine. 

  • The five-day quarantine protocol requires the use of a well-fitted mask for an additional 5 days after isolation or quarantine have ended.

Helpful links for the 2021-22 school year

Please take a few minutes to review or bookmark the following links.

 

These links include districtwide information for families that will be helpful throughout the school year: