Late Tuesday night, BH-BL administrators were notified that a high school student tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has not been in the high school building or on school grounds since the start of the 2020-21 school year, and therefore has had no contact with faculty or staff.
Early this morning, district officials began working closely with the Saratoga County Department of Health to help identify anyone who may have been in close contact with this individual outside of school. The DOH is currently implementing its contact tracing protocols and will reach out to all contacts and advise on the need to isolate, if necessary, and to arrange testing of those potentially exposed.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict district officials from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. Thus, we cannot identify by name anyone who has tested positive. The student who tested positive is in isolation for at least 14-days and will not return to the school environment until cleared by the Department of Health.
This notification to parents and our community at large is part of our commitment to keep you informed during these uncertain times. Currently, our school buildings remain open for in-person instruction. We will continue to work closely with our local Departments of Health and we will follow their guidance on how to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.
Please continue to conduct at-home screenings and maintain personal awareness of COVID symptoms for your children. Visit our Reopening Schools webpage on our website or contact your child’s school principal directly if you would like more information about our health and safety procedures.