All BOCES instructional programs and offices are closed
Due to an order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, all K-12 schools will remain closed through the rest of the academic year. A decision regarding summer school is pending. Instruction will continue to be provided remotely. 
The closure order is part of a proactive effort to limit exposure to the Coronavirus. All BOCES offices will also remain closed. 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 says key data points are trending downward, but cautions reopening will be gradual to prevent infection rates from rising again. To read district superintendent's staff briefing, click here.

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A message from District Superintendent Allen Buyck

Hello, this is Al Buyck with the latest update on the school closure situation.

Well, it has happened… As most of you have probably heard, Gov. Cuomo today announced that all schools in the state will remain closed through the remainder of the academic year, and that education, meal delivery and other key supports will continue to be provided remotely. While, I was not surprised by the decision, that does not reduce the feeling that I had when I actually heard it. 

The governor correctly noted that reopening schools at this time would be an enormous and complex undertaking when social distancing and other precautions are considered. While the data remains encouraging, the fight is far from over and every step toward lessening public health restrictions must be done carefully and with much thought if we are to avoid a renewed outbreak. As the governor said, schools by definition are “dense places” in terms of population, and any plan to reopen them must be done in a way that ensures the safety of all. “We don’t think it’s possible to do that” as this time, he concluded.

As an optimist, my immediate reaction was to try to find the good news in this announcement in spite of the obvious fatigue and disappointment I know it will mean for many of us. So, I thought about all the great things we have been doing, the advances we have made, the special projects we have undertaken as a BOCES, and my spirits were lifted.

So, I urge you to keep your head up and keep up the great work. We can only do our best, which so far has been exceptional. I thank all of you for that.

Stay well. 

 

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