All BOCES instructional programs and offices are closed
Due to an order issued Friday, March 27, by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, all K-12 schools will remain closed until April 15. The closure order is part of a proactive effort to limit exposure to the Coronavirus. All BOCES offices will also remain closed until April 15. Updated information will be posted in this location as it becomes available. 
 
All schools are prepared to provide student meals (two per day per student) at designated pick-up locations throughout the county. You do not have to go to the pick-up site at your school; any site will serve you. To view a list of those locations, click here for Broome County schools, click here for Tioga County schools.  
 
Latest updates: Governor's order effectively cancels spring break. To read district superintendent's full staff briefing, click here.

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BOCES volunteers stand ready to handout Chromebooks to students at local high school Students raise wall on Discover Center exhibit to honor fallen police officer Deputies join student celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday Belonging, exploration, responsibility infuse Mardis Gras Day at West Learning Center Senior Sierra Weeks (center) receives Akshar All-Star award for academic excellence, leadership Frank's Italian Restaurant honors class, places student-inspired recipe on menu Panel of state, local experts talk cyber security at forum - 190 attending BOCES New Visions student Mikayla Bergman presents at ACA's International Fair "Sled Dogs of Smokey Hill" highlight assembly on famous Iditarod race BOCES tech staffer demonstrates the ins and outs of IT repair The annual PALS / Oak Tree Holiday Music Concert was a big hit with family and friends Broome Leadership Institute's Class of 2019 visits BOCES BOCES board president Sandra Ruffo and PALS student Jeana Whiting show their support for 'World Kindness Day' BOCES students, staff take the plunge in support of Special Olympics Retired dentist Dr. Sam Ruffo and wife Sandra donate an authentic skeleton to the P-TECH Health Studies program Criminal justice students help early-morning visitors find event parking Pumpkin launch provides lessons in 'STEM' (science, technology, engineering, math) Vestal fire crew provides home safety lessons for young students  BOCES staff, students kick off 'Bullying Prevention Month' with show of support Students take part in Day of Caring by helping out at JC Senior Center
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Online schoolhouse logo Letters from an online schoolhouse
With everyone doing their part to help defeat the Coronavirus pandemic by staying home and practicing social distancing to every extent possible, it's easy to lose track of the fact that a lot of teriffic things are happening throughout our educational community. So, to shed some light on all those hidden efforts and activities, we've invited teachers and others to write in and share a few thoughts and insights from their personal online school house. Click on the headline to begin reading. 
hospital heroes logo BOCES volunteers working to support local 'Hospital Heroes'
Easing the burden on local professionals fighting on the front lines of the Coronavirus pandemic is the goal a group of Broome-Tioga BOCES volunteers who got together to deliver free ready-to-go meals to staff at area hospitals.

Naming their group in honor of those they strive to assist, "Hospital Heroes" is the brainchild of several BOCES aides and teachers who are reaching out to local restaurants to provide meals for UHS emergency department workers at Wilson Memorial and Binghamton General hospitals. After soliciting take-out donations from local eateries, the group delivers the meals at shift-change times at designated drop-off locations.

To date, hundreds of meals have been delivered...and they are just getting started.

"The amazing part is that all of these staff are BOCES volunteers," said Vanessa Moschak, assistant principal for BOCES' PALS program. "They are volunteering to call places, doing food drop-offs outside of the work day (6:45am and 4:30pm), snapping photos and posting to social media. It’s starting to become a thing online." Click on the link below to view news coverage.

 
 
Officer Smith Student project to honor fallen officer, help educate future generations of young people
Several teams of Broome-Tioga BOCES students are pulling together to honor fallen Johnson City police officer David "DW" Smith Jr. in a community project that will help educate young people for generations about personal sacrafice and the important role of the police officer. (click on headline to read more, view photographs of wall raising)
 
Census 2020 logo 2020 Census to be released soon - accuracy critical to school funding
Residents throughout the country are scheduled to receive invitations to particpate in the 2020 Census between March 12-20. Much hinges on the results of the decennial count, including how billions in federal education funding is allocated. For more information, click here. 
good food photo Students compete to get original recipes on restaurant menus
While the theme for the competition was "Restaurant Wars," the end results were more like a culinary lovefest.
 
Working with the owners of five local restaurants, teams of students in Broome-Tioga BOCES' Culinary Arts program were challenged to create a recipe worthy of being placed on the menu at the participating dining establishments. When the tasting and judging was over, all had succeeded to one extend or another. (click on headline to read more)
 
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