Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES School Reopening 2020-21

Introduction and Background

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.

The health and safety of our students, staff, families and visitors is our top priority. We want all to be  comfortable and safe returning to school. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

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.

Information At-A-Glance

Testing • Contact Tracing • Remote Learning

Governor Cuomo requested that school districts and BOCES break out three of the topics contained in the reopening plan. Click here for information about COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, and Remote Learning. 


Contact the BOCES 2 COVID Coordinator
[email protected]

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