COVID-19 Updates

  • Schools to remain closed until April 15

    UPDATE: SCHOOLS TO REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 15

     

    March 27, 2020

     

    To all Monroe One BOCES families, teachers and staff-

     

    Governor Cuomo has announced schools will remain closed statewide until at least April 15 to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

     

    There is no definitive date of when schools will reopen. However, Monroe One will continue to monitor new developments and take direction from local and state health officials. With their guidance, we will continue to provide you updates as often as possible.

     

     

    Free Meals

     

    Monroe County schools are committed to providing nutrition for our students throughout the duration of the COVID-19 closure. Districts are following guidelines from NYSED and are giving lunch and breakfast for the next day at the same time.

     

    Find information on where and when to find food in your district here.

     

    Employee Assistance/Mental health

     

    Prioritizing health also includes the mental well-being of you and your child(ren). The Monroe One BOCES Behavioral Health Services has compiled a list of local and national resources for you to use during this time.

     

    Talking to your kids about COVID-19

    Staff information on telemedicine coverage

     

    Childcare

     

    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, providing emergency childcare services.

     

    YMCA emergency childcare information

     

    It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however, the staff at the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) are trying their best to support families to find the high quality child care that they need.

     

    OCFS parent survey and childcare resources

     

    As new information comes out, we will update you as much as possible. Feel free to connect with us on social media during this time:

     

    @MonroeOneBOCES on Twitter and Facebook

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  • Childcare for emergency workers

     

    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.

     

    Click on this link for information on emergency childcare options provided by the YMCA of Greater Rochester. Or visit the YMCA website.

     

    Information on support in the form of subsidies that you may need for childcare can be found here

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  • School closure update

     

    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.

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  • Monroe One BOCES closed to students

    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.

     

    Parents:

     

    Additional information will be sent through U.S. Post from your child’s program principal regarding access to medication, supplemental education opportunities and resources.

     

    Staff:

     

    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. 
     

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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.

    Symptoms:

    • mild to severe respiratory illness
    • fever
    • cough
    • 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.