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COVID 19 Guidelines

COVID 19 Guidelines

Broome-Tioga BOCES opened for full-time in-person learning on September 8, 2022. 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.

We ask for your support and cooperation in following the CDC/NYSDOH guidelines.
Together, we are confident we can make the 2022-23 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 March 2, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced masks are no longer mandated in schools. 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 is no longer required in schools.

School schedules
All classes are in-person instruction five days a week unless you are enrolled in the virtual learning academy.

Management of ill persons
Students with symptoms of illness will be sent to the health office and be assessed by the school nurse. 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 treated accordingly per health department recommendations and sent home if needed. It is recommended staff who are ill with COVID 19 symptoms at work should notify their supervisor, leave the building, and follow up with their medical provider.

Return to school after non-COVID 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 when feeling better.

Testing Positive with COVID 19
Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days at home per CDC guidance.
School attendance may resume after the 5 days in coordination with a healthcare provider or local health department if:
• They are fever free without fever reducing medicine for 24 hours and their symptoms are improving
• They wear a mask through day 10 (day 1 is the first full day following the day symptoms began regardless of the date of positive test result)

Report the positive result to the health office where your student attends school. Health office phone numbers are listed below for your convenience.

East Learning Center 607-762-6408
West Learning Center 607-786-2021
The Education Center 607-763-3411

CDC isolation guidelines link

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.