Given the high transmission of COVID-19 in Albany County, the district is returning to a universal indoor masking policy for all faculty, staff, students, visitors and vendors beginning Monday, August 16. Appropriate face masks (masks that are at least two-ply, fit snugly and cover both the nose and mouth) must be worn at all times in all buildings, regardless of vaccination status or whether students are present in the building. This change reflects the recommendations of the CDC both for schools and for all indoor public settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. Physical distancing of at least three feet must be maintained. For unvaccinated adults, distancing of at least six feet must be maintained. More information here.
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Fall 2021 Sports Sign-Up Process
Students and families will be able to sign up for the Fall 2021 sports season beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 4. The fall season for varsity, JV and freshman sports will begin August 23, and modified/modified 9 will begin on August 30.
Students will be able to choose from the following sports that will be offered during the fall season:
Cheerleading: VarsityBoys Cross Country: Varsity, Modified 9Girls Cross Country: Varsity, Modified 9Boys Golf: Varsity, JVGirls Golf: VarsityField Hockey: Varsity, JV, ModifiedFootball: Varsity, Freshman, ModifiedBoys Soccer: Varsity, JV, Modified 9, ModifiedGirls Soccer: Varsity, JV, Modified 9, ModifiedGirls Swimming & Diving: VarsityGirls Tennis: Varsity, JVBoys Volleyball: Varsity, JV, ModifiedGirls Volleyball: Varsity, JV, Freshman, Modified
All information about how to sign up for fall sports can be found here.
New Athletic Handbook/Updated Code of Conduct
Student-athletes and their families will want to take a look at the new Athletic Handbook for 2020-21. It includes an updated Code of Conduct and lots of important information about policies, procedures, and details regarding interscholastic participation as part of the Bethlehem Central School District and the Suburban Council.
Bethlehem Central believes that participation in sports provides a wealth of opportunities and experiences that assist students in their education. Accordingly, the district offers students opportunities to participate in more than 20 sports across three seasons. The district is a member of the New York State Athletic Association, competing as a Class A school in Section II. BC’s league affiliation is with the Suburban Scholastic Council, competing in the Council’s south division.
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Bethlehem Central Athletics joins with ScheduleGalaxy
Starting in the 2018-19 school year, Bethlehem Central began to use ScheduleGalaxy for their athletics program web-based scheduling system. ScheduleGalaxy enhances both the scheduling process and public access to contest information.
ScheduleGalaxy will help provide:
Quick public access to team schedules, free from commercial advertisementAbility to receive email alerts for any schedule changes or push notifications from the ScheduleGalaxy AppDirections to contests from your current location to the exact game location via Google mapsView schedules, directions and schedule changes from either your computer or from the ScheduleGalaxy App
To access a team schedule, click on the ScheduleGalaxy link here.
Looking to create an account? To create an account, visit the ScheduleGalaxy site, click on “Register” on the upper right hand corner of the page and follow registration instructions. You will be immediately directed to the main page which has a calendar of all BC athletic contests.
Looking for a specific sport or team? You can choose a specific sport or team by using the “Quick Toggle” menu at the top left of the homepage. Just click on the sport and then click on the team to view their schedule. There, you will also be able to subscribe to email alerts or push notifications from the ScheduleGalaxy App for any schedule changes for that specific team.
Looking for directions to an event? Click on a specific event on either the schedule list or the calendar – both Google maps and driving directions from your current location are readily available.
We are pleased for our athletics program and community to have the opportunity to join ScheduleGalaxy in providing this enhanced sports scheduling and public information system.
Directions to Suburban Council Schools
Check out these links to schools within the Suburban Council for directions and information:
Athletic Placement Process
The intent of the Athletic Placement Process (formerly Selection Classification) is to provide for students in grades 7 through 12 a mechanism allowing them to participate safely at an appropriate level of competition based upon readiness rather than age and grade. Students do not mature at the same rate and there can be a tremendous range of developmental differences between students of the same age. The program is not to be used to fill positions on teams, provide additional experience, provide a place for junior high students when no modified program is offered, or reward a student. Instead, it is aimed at the few select students who can benefit from such placement because of their level of readiness. It will also be fairer to other students on the modified teams. This State Education program extends the high school eligibility of middle school students who are qualified.
A Board of Education may permit pupils in grades no lower than seventh to compete on any senior high school team, or permit senior high pupils to compete on any teams in grades no lower than seventh, provided the pupils are placed at levels of competition appropriate to their physiological maturity, physical fitness and skills in relationship to other pupils on those teams in accordance with standards established by the NYS Commissioner of Education – Commissioner’s Regulation Section 135.4 (c)(7)(ii)(a)(4). To learn more about the APP, follow the links below or contact the Director of Athletics, Len Kies, at (518) 439-4921 ext. 22113.
Athletics Awards System
1st Year – Certificate, 7” letter “B” and appropriate sport emblem2nd to 5th Year (same sport) – Certificate and 1 bar
1st Year – Certificate and 5” letter “B”Additional Participation – Certificate
1st Year – Certificate and numerals for grad yearAdditional Participation – Certificate
1st Year – Certificate (numerals for 9th graders only)Additional Participation – Certificate
Sports Sign-Up for Secondary Students
Interested students must sign up to participate in the athletics program through the health offices at the middle and high schools. The following forms are required to play a sport:
If parents or students have any questions, (ie. deadlines, etc), please contact your school nurse.
Concussion Management Policies, Protocols and Resources
Visit the Bethlehem Central Board of Education’s policies page for concussion policies and protocols.
Concussion Management and Awareness Information:
On July 1, 2012, New York State enacted the Concussion Management and Awareness Act. The Commissioner of Education worked with the Commissioner of Health to produce guidelines for school districts to follow in protecting the health and well-being of concussed students. The Bethlehem Central School District has responded to the New York State Concussion Management and Awareness Act by developing a district-wide Concussion Management Protocol. This Protocol outlines procedures for district staff, parents, and students to follow in managing head injuries; as well as guidance in returning to activities following a concussion. The goals of Bethlehem’s concussion management include:
Education regarding head injuries and concussionPrompt emergency response to head injuriesAppropriate medical follow-upReturn to play/activities guidance
The law specifies that coaches, athletic trainers, physical education teachers and school nurses receive state approved biennial training regarding concussion awareness and management. Bethlehem Central also believes that it is important for parents and students to also have access to head injury and concussion materials.
Below are some resources to obtain additional information about concussions.