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East Learning Center to test per state 'yellow zone' mandate

Following the governor's executive order No. 202.68, beginning Friday, October 23, BOCES will begin to randomly test 20 percent of a total combined number of our faculty, staff and students at our East Learning Center. Based on our ELC population, the number of COVID tests each week will be approximately 22. These tests will be performed in conjunction with our medical provider, Lourdes Hospital. Principal Charles Wheeler will be in contact with those who will be tested each round.
 
 Some background:
 
 At the end of September, certain areas of the state saw an increase in COVID-19 cases. The state deployed rapid-testing machines to specific counties experiencing an uptick, or cluster activity. On October 6, the governor implemented a new cluster action initiative to address COVID-19 hot spots that cropped up in Broome, Orange and Rockland counties, as well as in Brooklyn and Queens.
 
 The initiative divides clusters and the areas around them into three categories - the cluster itself (red zone), a warning zone (orange zone), and a precautionary zone (yellow zone). East Learning Center falls into a “yellow zone” of Broome County.
 
 The health and safety of our students, staff and school community continues to be our top priority. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work to ensure the safety of everyone.

Update 10/15/20 - 300 wing to pause due to staffing shortage

Today we received notice from the Broome County Health Department that another of our staff members in the 300 wing of the Leslie F. Distin Education Center has tested positive for the Coronavirus. They have been placed in quarantine. Due to privacy laws, information regarding individual identify cannot be released. We ask that you please respect their privacy. 
 
As a result, quarantine requirements have impacted staffing levels in the 300 wing to the point where we have decided it best to shut down the 300 wing and to begin delivering remote education to students in the PALS and Oak Tree classes that occupy that wing. The shutdown, which will continue for two weeks, will also provide the opportunity to conduct a deep clearing of that area.
 
To summarize: Beginning tomorrow, Friday, Oct.16, teaching staff will report as usual to provide education in remote mode. Monitors and aides will not report.
 
As we have said more often than we care to recall, these are unusual and challenging times and we need your trust, cooperation and support more than ever before.
 
The health department has conducted its mandatory contact tracing and reports that there are no other individuals who have been exposed. As per state and federal guidance, we are working with county health officials and continue to monitor this situation. We will continue to provide updates as warranted.
 
The health and safety of our students, staff and school community continues to be our top priority. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work to ensure the safety of everyone in our district.
 
Thank you for your commitment to a safe and healthy learning and work environment

Important staff notice Oct. 8, 2020

On Wednesday evening, Oct. 7, 2020, Broome-Tioga BOCES was notified by the Broome County Health Department that an employee at Leslie F. Distin Education Center has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identify cannot be released and we ask that you please respect their privacy.

As per state and federal guidance, we are working with county health officials as they undertake a contact tracing investigation. The county health department will contact anyone who may have been exposed.

Per New York State Department of Health guidelines, any person who was in contact with the confirmed case will be quarantined by the Broome County Health Department for up to 14 days.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as warranted.

The health and safety of our students, staff and school community continues to be our top priority. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work to ensure the safety of everyone.

Covid-19 Schools Report Card

This is the link to the state's school district COVID-19 reporting site.

Please note: 
Broome-Tioga BOCES has been made aware of significant discrepancies in the data provided by New York State on its COVID-19 online report card. 
 
“The lab-reported COVID positive result count estimates the number of school-aged children (5-17 years old) who tested positive and reside within the area served by the school district. It may not reflect how many students attending a particular school or school district have been tested positive. The data comes from a NYSDOH database containing reported diagnostic results from all lab tests of New York State residents based on the addresses submitted with the test results.” 
 
In working with the Broome County Health Department, we have determined that the data/estimation being reported is inaccurate. The state COVID report card does NOT accurately reflect the number of cases involving our school district.

We have alerted state health officials about the inaccurate data being reported to the public.

Please be assured that we are making every effort to be transparent with our residents/community in sharing information regarding cases impacting the school districts in our region. As of 10.8.20, BOCES has three (3) known cases. 

Reliable resources

Residents have ready access to sources that can provide expert advice and answers to questions that might arise concerning this new virus and related health concerns. Here are several.

State guidance for in-person attendance and more

Handling the seasonal flu amid the COVID-19 pandemic - CDC guidance

 
Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html
 
 
 
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Frequently Asked Questions - Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#prevention
 
Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
 
 
 
 

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