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October 22 COVID-19 Notice

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.