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Pandemic Response Plan



Broome-Tioga BOCES opened for full-time in-person learning on September 9, 2021. There are no hybrid or remote learning options. It is our number one goal to keep students and staff safe and physically present in school.

BOCES receives students from local school districts via the home schools’ transportation department. BOCES is relying on our local partners to ensure children are not experiencing signs/symptoms of COVID-19 before boarding a school bus or leaving home. Students and staff are required to notify BOCES when they develop symptoms.

We ask for your support and cooperation in following the guidelines detailed in the school opening plan. Together, we are confident we can make the 2021-22 school year a success. BOCES has designated Assistant Superintendent Thomas D. McNair to serve as COVID-19 safety coordinator, with the following responsibilities:

  • Be the main contact upon the identification of positive COVID-19 cases and be responsible for subsequent communication

  • Ensuring continuous compliance with all aspects of the BOCES’ pandemic response

  • Be the county, state and federal liaison for all matters related to COVID-19

Face Coverings

On February 27, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she is lifting the mask mandate in schools effective March 2, 2022.

Given the updated guidance, beginning Wednesday, March 2, 2022, masks will be optional in all Broome-Tioga BOCES schools and buses.

Parents and guardians may still choose to send children to school with masks.

BOCES will continue to obtain and maintain an adequate quantity of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, to use when requested.

Social distancing

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping at least three feet or more space between yourself and others, unless safety or the core function of the activity requires a shorter distance. All persons in BOCES instructional buildings will maintain social distance when practicable.

School schedules

All classes are in-person instruction five days a week.

Return to school after COVID-19 illness

If a person with COVID-19 symptoms is not diagnosed as COVID-19 positive by a healthcare provider (physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) they can return to school in coordination with the local health department.

If your child receives a positive COVID test result, DO NOT come to school. Report the positive test result to BT-BOCES Head Nurse Christa Ruffo at (607)763-3358 or [email protected]

Management of ill individuals

Students with symptoms of illness will be sent to the health office and be assessed by the school nurse. Staff will be sent home for follow-up with a healthcare provider. The school nurse will assess individuals for chronic conditions such as asthma, allergies or chronic gastrointestinal conditions that may present the same symptoms as COVID-19 but are neither contagious nor pose a public health threat. Students with a temperature or signs of illness will be sent directly to a dedicated isolation area for an evaluation by a nurse. Staff who are ill with COVID 19 symptoms at work should notify their supervisor, leave the building and follow up with their medical provider.

The director of school health services or designee will notify the local public health department when a positive COVID case is reported.

Broome-Tioga BOCES will continue to monitor CDC, state and local health department guidance. This plan is subject to change as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses.

Our Core Values

  • Students are our first priority.
  • Employees are our most valuable resource.
  • Cultivating diversity, equity, inclusion and guarding against bias are essential.
  • Everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
  • All employees will exhibit professionalism, integrity and excellence.
  • Creativity and continuous improvement are crucial to everything we do.
  • A safe, challenging and nurturing environment supports learning.
  • All can learn and grow academically, socially and emotionally.
  • Customer service and collaboration are key to being a successful and trusted partner.