Information At-A-Glance

Testing Protocol • Contact Tracing • Remote Learning

COVID-19 Testing Protocol

Testing for COVID-19

The local health departments are recommending that schools do not conduct COVID-19 testing of students, staff members, or visitors at this time. Once a student, staff member or visitor is experiencing symptoms, whether these symptoms are identified through the health screening process or by determination by a school nurse, the individual will be directed to contact their health care provider. Health care providers or the local health department will make the determination to test for COVID-19.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be asked to immediately report the result to the BOCES 2 COVID Coordinator, who will then notify the local health department. The local health department will evaluate each COVID-19 positive result on a case-by-case basis and provide recommendations to the school district regarding a plan of action. Recommendations could include, but are not limited to, the immediate closure of a classroom, school building or district for 24 hours or more.

The local health department will immediately initiate a contact tracing investigation with which BOCES 2 will fully cooperate. The local health department will take the lead on isolation/quarantine and release orders.

Contact Tracing Protocol

Contact tracing is a public health function performed by local public health departments to trace all persons who have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. This allows public health officials to put in place isolation or other measures to limit the spread of the virus.

The local health department will notify BOCES 2 of positive COVID-19 test results for any student, staff or visitor. The BOCES 2 COVID Coordinator will notify the local health department immediately upon learning of a positive COVID-19 test among students, staff or visitors. The local health department will respond and perform a thorough investigation. BOCES 2 will fully cooperate with all contract tracing efforts as directed by the local health department.

In cooperation with the local health department with tracing the transmission of COVID-19, BOCES 2 has developed and implemented a plan to assist in contact tracing efforts in accordance with protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program.

BOCES 2 will assist with contact tracing by:

  • Keeping accurate attendance records of students and staff members;
  • Ensuring student schedules are up to date;
  • Keeping a log of any visitor which includes date and time, and which rooms in the building they visited; and
  • Assisting in any way possible in tracing all contacts of the individual in accordance with the protocol, training, and tools provided through the NYS Contact Tracing Program

Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations. School staff should not try to determine who is to be excluded from school based on contact, without guidance and direction from the local health department.

The local health department will take the lead on isolation/quarantine and release orders and provide recommendations to BOCES 2 regarding action plans in response to a COVID-19 positive case.

Remote Learning

As per the New York State Commissioner’s regulations, all students must be provided with an instructional program designed to facilitate their attainment of the New York State Learning Standards in all curricular areas. This is true whether students are in school full time, at home remote learning, or a combination of the two known as a hybrid model of learning. In a remote or hybrid learning model, all BOCES 2 students will have daily contact and interaction with a certified classroom teacher to support their academic development and social emotional needs, regardless of their program. They will participate in a variety of instructional activities designed to keep them engaged in their learning and achieve the learning standards for their program or course of study.

Students in credit bearing courses will receive the required 180 minutes of instruction per week in order to give students the opportunity to master a body of content in a specific subject.

BOCES 2 will adhere to our Board-approved attendance policy. Attendance will be taken each day and students are expected to participate in all learning activities.

Instructional time is not defined solely as a student’s time spent in front of a teacher on Zoom. It also includes time engaged in standards-based learning under the guidance and direction of a certified teacher. Learning activities can include a variety of experiences such as, but not limited to, independent assignments, viewing pre-recorded teacher demonstrations, viewing instructional videos, participating in online class discussions or responding to teacher questions, completing independent projects, and meeting individually with their teacher via an online platform.

Career and Technical Education

In the event that CTE needs to transition to a fully remote instructional model, students will maintain their class schedule. Classes will include daily teacher facilitated synchronous instruction and asynchronous learning experiences such as pre-recorded lab demonstrations or instructional videos. Maintaining close student contact and engagement will be a priority with an emphasis on relationship building and meeting individual student learning and social/emotional needs.

The CTE continuity of learning plan includes, attendance, grading and instructional technology expectations. It includes teacher and student expectations for daily use of technology to engage with content and complete/submit assignments regardless of the instructional delivery model. Schoology will be the platform that students and teachers use for instruction. Expectations such as number/type of grades per quarter, academic and dual credit documentation, teacher contact with student and parents, deadlines, etc. are included.

Department of Exceptional Children

In the event that school must be conducted entirely remotely, synchronous and asynchronous instruction will be delivered 5 days per week using Zoom and supported by Schoology/Seesaw platforms, and other web-based resources and applications. Students will follow an adjusted school schedule that parallels their normal schedule, meets regulatory requirements, and meets individual student needs as per their IEP to the greatest extent reasonable under the circumstances created by COVID-19.

Westside Academy

Students and staff will maintain a regular class schedule for remote learning in order to preserve the continuity of learning and provide structure to their academic day. Teachers will utilize the Schoology learning platform for all instructional materials and will use live remote teaching as a primary means to maintain daily, substantive contact and instruction when teaching in a hybrid or remote model. Instruction will require synchronous and/or asynchronous learning for students where teachers will create learning opportunities for students to interact with them using a variety of digital tools.