B-P schools, offices to close Friday for deep cleaning; in-person learning to resume Monday

All Broadalbin-Perth schools and offices will be closed Friday, March 5 so district custodial crews can perform deep cleaning. The move comes after five COVID-19 cases identified since Monday have caused 15 staff and 132 students to have to quarantine. 

“I cannot stress this enough: These cases are coming into our schools from the community. They are not a result of spread within the school buildings,” said Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson. “We continue to adhere to strict procedures regarding social distancing, hand washing/sanitizing, and mask-wearing.” 

No employees should report Friday except cleaners and food service staff. Teachers should conduct remote classes from home, and all students should engage in the remote learning activities assigned by their teachers.

Tomlinson said that the schools will reopen to students in the in-person and hybrid learning models on Monday, March 8, which will be a “B” day at both the elementary and junior/senior high schools.

“As we approach the one-year mark, I know we are all tired of this pandemic and the changes we have had to make just to live our lives,” Tomlinson said. “With the growing availability of the vaccine, we can see a light at the end of the tunnel. However, COVID is still very much a problem in our community and it is spreading. I am begging everyone in our school community to continue to be vigilant with common-sense COVID precautions so that we can continue to keep our doors open and our children in school.”