CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE FOR OUR ESSENTIAL HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS
In response to NYSED guidance regarding school closures due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in New York, Monroe One BOCES has developed this page to inform you of area daycare providers for essential health care workers and first responders.
During this health emergency, the services of our health care workers and first responders are desperately needed.
The YMCA of Greater Rochester is working with the Monroe County School Superintendents to serve families in need.
Information on support in the form of subsidies that you may need for childcare can be found here.
March 18, 2020
Governor Cuomo recently signed an executive order directing all schools to be closed for at least two weeks beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Wednesday, April 1.
This means Monroe One BOCES will remain closed to students. However, the opening date could be pushed back depending on the constantly changing situation surrounding COVID-19, known as the coronavirus.
We will continue to monitor new developments and take direction from local and state health officials. With their guidance, we will continue to provide you weekly updates as we get a better understanding of when schools will officially reopen.
Thank you for your continued understanding and patience as we all navigate this together.
March 14, 2020
updated March 15, 2020
Due to the local state of emergency issued this morning, Monroe One BOCES will be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice.
This is a precautionary measure to limit the spread of illness.
All classes and school-sanctioned events are suspended. No outside visitors will be allowed and facility use will be limited.
At this time, there is not a definitive date for when schools will re-open to students. Monroe One will be in constant communication with local health officials and other school districts.
We will be reviewing the status of the school closing on a weekly basis, and will send out a decision for the following week by mid-day every Friday.
Additional information will be sent through U.S. Post from your child’s program principal regarding access to medication, supplemental education opportunities and resources.
The building will be open on Monday during regular school hours for 10 month staff members who need to gather personal items or provide their supervisors with supplemental education activities for their students.
All 12 month employees are asked to report on Monday, March 16 to meet with their supervisors.
Starting Tuesday, March 17 access to the building will be limited to essential 12 month employees, as identified by their supervisors.
We encourage families to continue taking steps to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. The New York State Department of Health recommends the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-Stay home when you are sick.
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Letter to students and families
March 3, 2020
updated March 12, 2020
Dear Monroe One BOCES families, students and staff:
Monroe One BOCES is aware of concerns in the community about the spread of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, in our schools. There have been no reported cases in any school in New York State. However, the Monroe County Department of Health has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Monroe County.
That individual, a Rochester man, is reported to be in involuntary isolation at home.
We are closely monitoring this quickly changing situation and are following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the Monroe County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.
- mild to severe respiratory illness
- shortness of breath
If Monroe One becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, it will immediately notify staff, parents/guardians and the Monroe County Health Department. If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow the protocol as stated by the NYS Department of Health for handling this type of respiratory illness, subject to any additional guidance forthcoming.
Monroe One BOCES has infectious disease protocols in place and has been taking steps, such as cleaning and disinfecting throughout its schools, to minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses.
There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the State Department of Health:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.
Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The district is prepared to work with any affected families.
In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.
Monroe One will continue to share information as it becomes available.
Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness.
If you have any questions, please contact the Monroe County Department of Health at 585-753-2991 or visit the county's DOH website.