COVID-19 Updates

  • TST BOCES Programs Status

    All educational programs are continuing as scheduled 

    Updates

    Sunday, March 28

    Today we are notified by the Tompkins County Health Department that an A-Building employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19. At this time, we are not aware of any additional exposures associated with this case. Business operations at the TST BOCES campus and the A-Building will proceed as planned on Monday.

    We hope for a swift recovery for our TST BOCES community member and will keep you informed if there are any further developments.

    Monday, March 8

    Over the weekend we received confirmation that an employee in our Central Business Office tested positive for COVID-19. An initial set of individuals slated for contact tracing based on the county's updated standard of close contact are being contacted and given instructions for connecting with public health professionals in the near term.

    No educational programs are required to move to remote teaching and learning at this time. All TST BOCES programs and services will continue in-person as scheduled except those awaiting instructions from health care providers.

    Thursday, February 11

    This afternoon we received confirmation from the Tompkins County Health Department that a member of our Regional Alternative School tested positive for COVID-19. An initial set of individuals slated for contact tracing based on the county's updated standard of close contact was shared with the Case Investigator and those individuals have been notified that they will be receiving a call from the Health Department.

    No programs are required to move to remote teaching and learning at this time. All TST BOCES programs and services will continue in-person as scheduled.

    Wednesday, January 20

    Today we received confirmation that a member of our PTECH community tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the PTECH program has moved to a remote teaching and learning model. In person instruction will resume for that classroom on Tuesday, January 26th. All other TST BOCES programs and services will continue in-person as scheduled apart from those classrooms that remain on remote teaching and learning from prior quarantine notices.

    Tuesday, January 19

    This afternoon we received confirmation from the Tompkins County Health Department that a member of our Career and Technical Education community tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the Computer Tech program has moved to a remote teaching and learning model. In person instruction will resume for that classroom on Tuesday, January 26th. All other TST BOCES programs and services will continue in-person as scheduled apart from those classrooms that remain on remote teaching and learning from prior quarantine notices.

    Friday, January 15

    Earlier today we were notified that two more members of the TST BOCES special education community tested positive for COVID-19.

    Due to the current quarantine requirements and ongoing contact tracing, we are shifting all TST BOCES Special Education programs that take place in the Smith School Building to remote teaching and learning. Our goal is to reopen the Smith School for in-person instruction on Monday, January 25th.

    RAS, CTE, P-TECH, and New Visions courses currently remain open to in-person instruction with the exception of any classrooms on prior quarantine. All other TST BOCES non-instructional operations will continue as scheduled.

    Thursday, January 14

    This afternoon we received confirmation from the Tompkins County Health Department that a member of our Welding program tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, this program has moved to a remote teaching and learning model. In person instruction will resume for that classroom on Monday, January 25th. All other TST BOCES programs and services will continue in-person as scheduled apart from those classrooms that remain on remote teaching and learning from prior quarantine notices.

    Wednesday, January 13

    This afternoon we received confirmation from the Tompkins County Health Department that a member of our Branches Special Education program tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, one classroom was moved to a remote teaching and learning model until Thursday, January 21st. In person instruction will resume for that classroom on Friday, January 22nd. All other TST BOCES programs and services will continue in-person as scheduled apart from those classrooms that remain on remote teaching and learning from prior quarantine notices.

    An initial set of individuals slated for contact tracing based on the county's standard of close contact was shared with the Case Investigator and those individuals have been notified that they will be receiving a call from the Health Department.

    Tuesday, January 12

    This afternoon we received confirmation from the Tompkins County Health Department that a member of one of our Turning Point Elementary programs tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, two classrooms were moved to a remote teaching and learning model until Monday, January 18th. In person instruction will resume for that classroom on Tuesday, January 19th. All other TST BOCES programs and services will continue in-person as scheduled.

    An initial set of individuals slated for contact tracing based on the county's standard of close contact was shared with the Case Investigator and those individuals have been notified that they will be receiving a call from the Health Department.

    Wednesday, January 6

    This afternoon we received confirmation from the Tompkins County Health Department that a member of one of our Turning Point Elementary Classrooms tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, that classroom was moved to a remote teaching and learning model until Thursday, January 14. In person instruction will resume for that classroom on Friday, January 15th. All other TST BOCES programs and services will continue in-person as scheduled.

    An initial set of individuals slated for contact tracing based on the county's standard of close contact was shared with the Case Investigator and those individuals have been notified that they will be receiving a call from the Health Department.

    Tuesday, December 22

    Today, we were made aware by the Tompkins County Health Department that a member of our Regional Alternative School, who also attends classes at our Career and Tech Center, tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the current quarantine requirements and ongoing contact tracing, we are shifting all Regional Alternative School and Career and Tech Classes including New Visions and PTECH to full remote teaching and learning until after the holiday break. We are hoping for the very best outcome for our ill community member.

    All TST BOCES special education programs in the Smith School, administrative operations and adult education courses will continue tomorrow as scheduled.

    If you have additional questions or concerns about contact tracing procedures or potential exposure, please contact your personal physician, or connect with the Tompkins County Health Department at 607-274-6600.

    Sunday, December 13

    Today, the Tompkins County Health Department notified us that a member of our Culinary Arts program tested positive for COVID-19. The only potential exposure occurred on a day that the Bistro was closed, so only classroom members are being quarantined at this time.

    This classroom will convert to remote teaching and learning until after the holiday break. We are hoping for the very best outcome for our ill community member.

    All other TST BOCES student programs will continue with in person instruction with the exception of any programs that are completing their remote teaching and learning this week due to a quarantine requirement.

    All other TST BOCES administrative operations and adult education courses will continue as scheduled.

    If you have additional questions or concerns about contact tracing procedures or potential exposure, please contact your personal physician, or connect with the Tompkins County Health Department at 607-274-6600.

    Tuesday, December 8

    We have received some COVID-19 test results clearing many in the TST BOCES community to return to in-person instruction. While we are still awaiting results of COVID-19 testing for a couple of individuals, we are in the position to return to in-person instruction for many on-campus programs that have been on temporary PAUSE.

    All our special education programs at the Smith School will return to in-person instruction tomorrow, December 9, 2020 except for Turning Point High School classrooms and the single Turning Point Elementary classroom which remains on remote teaching and learning until December 15. We will revisit the status of Turning Point High School between now and the weekend.

    All Career and Technical Education programs will return to in-person instruction tomorrow except for the Food Services Program, which will remain in remote teaching and learning through December 18th due to notification of a positive COVID-19 case. The Food Services Program will return to in-person instruction on Monday, December 21.

    All other TST BOCES educational programs, administrative operations and adult education courses will continue as scheduled. Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor and manage this ongoing public health challenge.

    Sunday, December 6

    Currently, we are awaiting results of COVID-19 testing for several individuals from Exceptional Education and Career and Technical Education classrooms. We are not anticipating receiving the test results that would allow us to return to in-person instruction until at least Tuesday of this coming week.

    Therefore, starting tomorrow, December 7 only Regional Alternative School, all three New Visions classes and P-TECH will be returning to in-person instruction. All Exceptional Education and Career and Technical Education programs will remain in the remote teaching and learning modality in preparation for a potential return to in-person instruction on Wednesday, December 9. Faculty and staff in those programs will be working remotely during this time.

    All other TST BOCES administrative operations and adult education courses will continue as scheduled.

    We ask that everyone please monitor their health closely and we send our best wishes for a swift recovery for any individuals in our TST BOCES school community that have tested positive for COVID-19.

    Thursday, December 3

    In light of the recent notice by the Health Department regarding the post-Thanksgiving spike in cases they are seeing, and given the climbing case count in our school community, Dr. Matteson is proposing that TST BOCES Pause in-person instruction for tomorrow, Friday December 4, and immediately move to remote teaching and learning for the day. 

    All other TST BOCES programs and services will remain active on our campus.

    This will give us time to get a handle on the cases, communication, and tracing prior to coming back together for in-person instruction on Monday, December 7th.

    Wednesday, December 2

    This evening we were notified by the Tompkins County Public Health Department that a member of the Career and Technical Education morning Criminal Justice classroom tested positive for COVID-19.

    Due to the current quarantine requirements and ongoing contact tracing, we are shifting this specific classroom to full remote teaching and learning until Wednesday, December 9th. Faculty and staff in that program will be working remotely during this time.

    RAS, CTE, P-TECH, New Visions and all other Exceptional Education programs are proceeding with in-person instruction tomorrow as planned except for any classroom that shifted prior to this notification.

    All other TST BOCES programs and operations will continue as scheduled.

    We ask that everyone continue to follow our screening procedures prior to coming to campus.

    If you have additional questions or concerns about contact tracing procedures or potential exposure, please contact your personal physician, or connect with the Tompkins County Health Department at 607-274-6600.

    Tuesday, December 1

    Late this morning we received confirmation from the Tompkins County Health Department that a member of one of our Turning Point Elementary Classrooms tested positive for COVID-19. This was the case we heard about second hand, which prompted my message to you this morning. Yesterday afternoon that classroom was moved to a remote teaching and learning model for the remainder of the week due to a shortage of staff. This change to remote teaching and learning will now remain in effect until Tuesday, December 15th. 

     
    An initial set of individuals slated for contact tracing based on the county's standard of ten minutes of close contact was shared with the Case Investigator and those individuals have been notified that they will be receiving a call from the Health Department.
     
    If you have additional questions or concerns about contact tracing procedures or potential exposure, please contact your personal physician, or connect with the Tompkins County Health Department at 607-274-6600. 

    Monday, November 30

    Earlier today we were notified by the Tompkins County Public Health Department that a member of the Career and Technical Education Welding classroom tested positive for COVID-19.

    Due to the current quarantine requirements and ongoing contact tracing, we are shifting this specific classroom to full remote teaching and learning until Wednesday, December 9th. Faculty and staff in that program will be working remotely during this time.

    RAS, CTE, P-TECH, New Visions and all other Exceptional Education programs are proceeding with in-person instruction tomorrow as planned except for any classroom that shifted prior to this notification.

    All other TST BOCES programs and operations will continue as scheduled.

    We ask that everyone continue to follow our screening procedures prior to coming to campus tomorrow.

    If you have additional questions or concerns about contact tracing procedures or potential exposure, please contact your personal physician, or connect with the Tompkins County Health Department at 607-274-6600. Be well. Stay safe.

    Saturday, November 28

    We have been notified by the Tompkins County Health Department that an Adult Education student taking the TASC exam on November 20th tested positive for COVID-19. All contact tracing has been completed and the affected individuals have been notified.

    Monday, November 23

    Last night it was confirmed that we have one individual who works in A-Building that has tested positive for COVID-19. There are currently no other employees that have been requested to quarantine as a result of this case, but we wanted everyone to be aware of this information.
     
    If we have any other updates in the near future, we will get them to you.

    Sundary, November 22

    Earlier today we were notified that a member of the Exceptional Education Branches classroom tested positive for COVID-19. As the contact tracing continues by the Tompkins County Public Health Department, it is once again necessary to give you direction regarding our immediate next steps.

    Due to the current quarantine requirements and ongoing contact tracing, we are shifting this specific Exceptional Education Branches classroom to full remote teaching and learning until December 7th. Faculty and staff in that program will be working remotely during this time.

    RAS, CTE, P-TECH, New Visions and all other Exceptional Education programs are proceeding with in-person instruction tomorrow as planned.

    All other programs and operations will continue as scheduled.

    Please continue to follow our screening procedures prior to coming to campus tomorrow.

    If you have additional questions or concerns about contact tracing procedures or potential exposure, please contact your personal physician or connect with the Tompkins County Health Department at 607-274-6600. As always, we hope for a quick recovery for our school community member. Be well. Stay safe.

    Friday, October 30

    On Friday, October 30th we were notified by the Cortland County Health Department that a student in the Regional Alternative School tested positive for COVID-19. Although TST BOCES, including the Regional Alternative School, has been on PAUSE this week for remote teaching and learning, the student last attended school while we were in session on October 21, 2020. Therefore, due to the current quarantine requirements and ongoing contact tracing, Regional Alternative School will remain on PAUSE and stay with remote teaching and learning through and including Wednesday, November 4th. Regional Alternative School will return to in-person instruction on Thursday, November 5.

    All other TST BOCES educational programs and services that were slated to return to in-person instruction and services will commence as planned on Monday, November 2.

    Sunday, October 25

    This weekend we were notified of several additional cases of COVID-19 associated with TST BOCES personnel and in the student body arriving from our eight (8) component districts. After consultation with the Tompkins County Health Department, TST BOCES will be pausing in-person instruction and educational services on our campus for one week. This means we will be conducting teaching and learning remotely this week and plan on returning to in-person instruction and educational services on Monday, November 2nd with the exception of any program that has been moved to a remote model previously.

    Any off campus educational programs and services including PTECH, New Visions Engineering, and New Visions Health and Medical Science will continue with in-person instruction as scheduled. In addition, our administrative offices will remain open. Faculty and staff will have access to the campus in order to conduct remote teaching and to carry out other necessary services. However, they are not required to perform their duties on campus if they have off campus technical capabilities.

    It is our hope that this pause allows the Health Department the opportunity to successfully complete case investigations and interventions. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our school community. As an extension of this commitment, we express our hope that individuals who have tested positive for this virus and become symptomatic recover quickly so they can return to our school community and thrive.

    If you have additional questions or concerns about contact tracing procedures or potential exposure, please contact your personal physician or connect with the Tompkins County Health Department at 607-274-6600.

    Thursday, October 22

    Today we were notified that we had an additional morning Criminal Justice CTE student test positive for COVID-19. This student's last day of attendance at TST BOCES was Tuesday, October 20th. This will require the students and the instructor in that classroom to extend their prior quarantine through November 3rd. Therefore, we will now reopen the Criminal Justice CTE classroom on Tuesday, November 4th.

    We know that more news of positive cases can be disconcerting and exhausting. It is simply our goal to have our school community fully informed of these situations.

    Thank you for your tolerance for our persistent communication.

    Tuesday, October 20

    Earlier today we were notified that a student in our morning Criminal Justice CTE program tested positive for COVID-19.

    The contact tracing is being conducted by the Seneca County Public Health Department and involves 12 total student and three potential adult exposures.

    Due to the current quarantine requirements and ongoing contact tracing, we are shifting the Criminal Justice AM and PM programs to full remote teaching and learning through and including October 30th. This program will reopen for in-person instruction on Monday, November 2, 2020

    The Regional Alternative School, CTE, P-TECH, New Visions and all other Exceptional Education programs are proceeding with in-person instruction except for the two programs which were subject to closure this week.

    All other programs and operations will continue as scheduled.

    I want to thank our personnel for their patience and flexibility as we address these ongoing public health issues. We continue to be vigilant in our approach to ensure the welfare of the entire TST BOCES community. 

    We wish the student a swift recovery and the family peace while they endure this daunting disruption to their lives.

    Sunday, October 18

    Earlier today we were notified that a student in an Exceptional Education Bridges program tested positive for COVID-19. As the contact tracing continues by the Tompkins County Public Health Department, it is once again necessary to give you direction regarding our immediate next steps.

    Due to the current quarantine requirements and ongoing contract tracing, we are shifting the specific Exceptional Education Bridges classroom affected to full remote teaching and learning until October 26th. The short closure is due to the fact that the student's last date of attendance was October 9th. Faculty and staff in that program should plan on working remotely during this time. 

    RAS, CTE, P-TECH, New Visions and all other Exceptional Education programs are proceeding with in-person instruction with the exception of the Career Skills program, which was subject to closure last week.

    All other programs and operations will continue as scheduled.

    Please continue to follow our screening procedures prior to coming to campus tomorrow.

    If you have additional questions or concerns about contact tracing procedures or potential exposure, please contact your personal physician or connect with the Tompkins County Health Department at 607-274-6600. As always, we hope for the very best outcome for our ill student and wish them well.

    Tuesday, October 13

    Earlier today you were notified that a staff member in the Exceptional Education Skills program has tested positive for COVID-19. As the contact tracing continues by the Tompkins County Public Health Department, it is necessary to give you direction regarding our immediate next steps.

    The classroom area, hallway and Snack Shack have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. However, due to the current quarantine requirements and ongoing contract tracing, we are shifting the Exceptional Education Career Skills program to full remote teaching and learning until October 26th. Faculty and staff in that program should plan on working from home during that time. In addition, the Snack Shack will be closed at least until that date.
     
    RAS, CTE, PTECH, New Visions and all other Exceptional Education programs are proceeding with in-person instruction.

    All other programs will continue as scheduled.

    Please continue to follow our screening procedures prior to coming to campus tomorrow.

    If you have additional questions or concerns about contact tracing procedures or potential exposure, please contact your personal physician or connect with the Tompkins County Health Department at 607-274-6600.
    This afternoon, we were notified that a student from one of our sending districts tested positive for COVID-19. The student attends one of our programs at the Career and Tech Center twice per week in our new schedule based on a cohort model.

    According to the health care professionals handling the case, there was no known exposure for students, faculty or staff at TST BOCES as the student’s last date of attendance was far enough in the past to avoid the need for contact tracing. Therefore, Department of Health (DOH) guidelines indicate that there is no immediate action required of you or the TST BOCES community. Prior to this correspondence, we did notify the classmates in the CTE program the student attends.

    The goal of this general communication is to ensure our school community has accurate and timely information. It is our hope that the student gets well soon as we continue to emphasize our priority of keeping our school community safe and healthy.