Current COVID-19 cases in BSCSD
To provide parents and caregivers with up-to-date information on the current number of positive cases within the District, the chart below will be updated daily. Any cases that will have an operational impact (closure of a class or a building) will be communicated to parents directly from the Superintendent. For any parents who are concerned about these numbers and wish to move their child to remote learning, please contact your child’s principal to discuss the “rolling appeal” process.
New COVID-19 Positive Cases - Week of 2/20 - 2/27/21
(Prior week's numbers in parentheses)
The NYS DOH COVID-19 Report Card shows the numbers for all schools in the state. It can be found at https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/home. To keep parents, students, teachers & staff, and the public fully informed, New York State’s COVID Report Card dashboard reports two distinct data sets: Lab Reported COVID Data for the School District and School District Reported COVID Data.
Please note that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict the district from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information of anyone who has tested positive. Anyone in the district who is impacted will be contacted by Saratoga County Public Health Services (SCPHS). For additional information please review the SCPHS Updated Schools and COVID FAQ .
Parents/caregivers, students, and staff members should continue to:
- Complete the Pinpoint Wellness Check Health Screening Tool each day that school is in session.
- Review the testing and tracing processes utilized by the District in our Testing and Tracing Plan.
- Keep symptomatic children home.
- Wear a mask whenever you are in public spaces.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Maintain proper distancing when in public settings.
- Avoid large group settings, particularly those in which masks are not being worn and distances are not being kept.
Our thanks for your continued support and partnership as we move through each day and address each of the many challenges as they arise. Maintaining a sense of calm and having fact-based discussions will help each of us to be able to devote our limited energies to keeping our students, our families, and ourselves safe, healthy, and well.
Please note that due to the increase in numbers of positive cases in the district, we will no longer be including individual updates on this page. The district recently went to a fully remote learning model due to the inability to open and stay open given the impact of the virus spread on staff. We will hopefully return to the hybrid learning model on January 25, 2021.
Prior Communications on Positive Cases
*December 20, 2020 - we were notified that one of our transportation staff members has tested positive for COVID-19. The tracing process for quarantining thus far includes 35 students and staff members across five of six of our schools. As a result, we will be moving to fully remote instruction for all schools for Monday and Tuesday (12/21&12/22).
*December 18, 2020 - We have been notified of two positive COVID-19 cases, one at the Middle School and another at the High School.
For the Middle School, a student tested positive but has not been in attendance during the period of infection so there are no operational impacts.
For the High School, a staff member tested positive who has been in attendance in recent days. As a result, all instruction for BSHS on Monday and Tuesday will be fully remote.
*December 14, 2020 - a student at Gordon Creek Elementary School has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. As a result, students and staff from the classroom that the student attends were sent home.
*December 4, 2020 - our COVID-19 Response Coordinator, is in the process of tracing a positive case (student) from Wood Road and will be in contact parents if this impacts your family. Two other positive cases for students at the High School will have no impact because the student is either fully remote or was last in attendance outside of the infection period.
*November 22, 2020 - The district was notified by the Saratoga County Department of Health of the following:
During the past 24 hours we have been notified that a student from Milton Terrace Elementary and a staff member from the Middle School have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. For Milton Terrace, the impact is offset by the fact that all elementaries are fully remote this week due to parent teacher conferences. However, 14 students and 5 adults will still be required to quarantine through December 2. Because additional tracking and tracing will still be required tomorrow for the Middle School, we will move students to fully remote learning for Monday and Tuesday as a precaution.
For both cases, staff members and families will be contacted by Mrs. Sharon D’Agostino, our Director of Student Support Services and our COVID liaison with the Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services. Based on our communication with the department this morning, Mrs. D’Agostino will be making all such phone calls in the near future and will be guiding those impacted to information regarding quarantining that is now posted on our website. Parents/Staff members who receive a phone call should review the Quarantine Informational Packet - Saratoga Co Health closely regarding the steps that need to be taken during the quarantining period.
*November 17, 2020 - Two updates regarding COVID-19 positive cases within our schools:
Middle School: Based on the review of the information that has been gathered regarding the one positive case in our Middle School, the Saratoga County Department of Public Health has identified two staff members and thirty-six students who will be placed in quarantine. Phone calls to those staff members and families impacted are ongoing at this time. As a result of our processes and protocols, the deep cleaning that has been done in the Middle School, and the follow up discussions with the County Department of Public Health, we are able to reopen the school tomorrow (11.18.20) for those students in all grades who are designated to attend.
High School: We have had a High School student test positive. The student has been a remote learner since late October. There is no impact on the health and safety of students or staff, and no interruption to school operations.
These situations are terribly unnerving for everyone involved and we certainly wish that we were not experiencing this at all. But so long as we collectively continue to follow our safety plans and encourage our community to follow them, we can continue to minimize the impact of the positive cases that will arise.
*November 8, 2020 - The district was notified by the Saratoga County Department of Health of the following:
Wood Road Elementary - Two positive cases of COVID-19. For the first case, a staff member will be quarantined for 14 days, but no additional actions are necessary in the area where the staff member works. For the second case, a full classroom will need to be quarantined through Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
Malta Avenue Elementary - One positive case of COVID-19. A full classroom will need to be quarantined through Wednesday, November 18, 2020. For both classes, those parents whose children are directly impacted are being notified this afternoon of the plan to move to fully remote learning during the quarantine period.
*October 29, 2020 - The District has been notified that a member of the high school staff has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Because the individual has already been in quarantine, Saratoga County Public Health Services has advised us that no additional quarantining of students or staff or any other actions are necessary or required at this time. The District has done additional cleaning and sanitizing of the area in which the employee worked as a precaution. As I noted recently, while we fully understand that “virus fatigue” is wearing on us all, please remember that Staying Vigilant Means Staying Open!
*October 22, 2020 - the District was notified that an individual in one of the schools had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual had been in mandatory quarantine since October 13 and was not in a school building since prior to that date. However, at this time, out of an abundance of caution, Saratoga County Public Health Services (SCPHS) has advised the District to quarantine those students and staff in the classroom and on the bus that the individual was present in through October 27, 2020. Those students impacted will be learning remotely during that time and will return on Wednesday, October 28.