On Monday, July 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York State can follow plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September if COVID-19 infection rates stay at 5% or lower in a given region. Currently, the Finger Lakes Region meets that criteria.
Based on guidance from the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health, school districts and BOCES have been instructed to prioritize the return of students to in-person instruction. School districts and BOCES must also plan models such as a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and remote learning, as well as a full time remote learning model should in-person instruction not be possible. BOCES 2 will provide remote instruction to students if parents/guardians do not choose to send their child to school.
The plan outlined here is for the reopening of programs at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES for the 2020-21 school year, following the school closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
Depending on how the pandemic progresses, it is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the school year based on recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies and the Governor’s Executive Orders. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and the response to the virus in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making.
Karen M. Brown, Director of Human Resources, will serve as the BOCES 2 COVID-19 Safety Coordinator.
Please note that should any health and safety-related guidance in this document conflict with any subsequent guidance issued by NYSDOH or the Monroe County Department of Health, the new guidance will apply and this plan will be adjusted accordingly.