The Berlin Central School District was informed today that a student at Berlin Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Per our health and safety protocols, the District has been in communication with the Rensselaer County Department of Health to determine any necessary follow-up. We have now identified and notified all families whose students may have had close contact with the positive case within the school. If you were not contacted there is no further action needed on your part.  

The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority. We are following state and local guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect your health. BCSD’s Buildings and Grounds staff are deep cleaning the building and continue to follow protocols around thorough cleaning and disinfecting daily.

We ask that all families continue to follow all safety guidelines outside of school hours including proper use of face coverings, social distancing, proper hand hygiene and avoiding gatherings and travel to states with high positivity rates. We also remind you to please complete the daily health screening form for your child prior to sending them to school. 

Please monitor your child(ren) for any symptoms of COVID and report any absences and positive COVID-19 test results to your child’s school. Symptoms vary, and some people may not experience any symptoms. Please contact your healthcare provider (or the county health department if you do not have one) to be assessed if you or your child have one or more of these new or worsening symptoms:

  • a temperature greater or equal to 100.0° F
  • feel feverish or have chills
  • cough
  • loss of taste or smell
  • fatigue
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • muscle pain or body aches
  • headaches or nasal congestion/running nose

While we fully understand you would like additional details, we are not permitted by privacy laws to identify the student involved. Anyone with questions and/or who needs to report a COVID-19 related health issue should contact the Berlin COVID Coordinator, Michele Corsey, at

Thank you all for your ongoing efforts to keep Berlin Central School safe and healthy.