March 25, 2020 COVID-19 Update
From Area County Departments of Health - Please STAY HOME, SLOW THE SPREAD.
It’s important that we work together as a community to reduce the spread of the virus and the number of people infected. Everyone should practice physical distancing. We must do our best to prevent the spread of illness in our community.
March 23, 2020 COVID-19 Update
WSWHEBOCES will hold an annual meeting of the trustees and members of the Boards of Education of its component school districts on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., REMOTELY THROUGH ELECTRONIC MEANS, DUE TO COVID-19 GATHERING RESTRICTIONS. For the complete proposed administrative, capital and program budget documents, and instructions about the remote meeting, please click here.
March 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update
Considering updated CDC guidance relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) to limit the gathering of people in groups of 10 or more, the Practical Nursing program will no longer be holding in-person classes starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Classes will continue to be held through on-line learning platforms. As of this time, clinical experiences will continue as scheduled. The Practical Nursing supervisor will communicate directly with students regarding details and expectations.
March 16, 2020 COVID-19 Update
Due to updated CDC guidance on social distancing related to COVID-19, as of Wednesday March 18, 2020, Adult Literacy and Employment Training for Adults (ETA) classes are cancelled until further notice. The last day of classes is Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
March 14, 2020 COVID-19 Update
A Message WSWHE BOCES District Superintendent of Schools, James P. Dexter
We continue to monitor all guidance from local, state and federal agencies. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are joining area districts and cancelling classes for K-12 students from March 16 through April 17, 2020. Part of this time is the scheduled spring break.
This is not a decision we take lightly, but we recognize we need to act decisively. Given that this is a rapidly evolving public health issue, we feel that this is the most proactive and prudent action available to us. This is designed to help limit the spread of illness and to provide time to reassess the situation.
During this time:
On Monday, March 16, all 12-month employees are to report to work as scheduled and will continue to work during the closure, barring any further direction from the Department of Health. All 10-month instructional staff will report to their normal location on Tuesday, March 17.
It is our hope that this closure will provide time to prevent any potential community spread of illness.
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated during his press conference yesterday, school superintendents have the ability to decide to close their school districts, and the superintendents of our region have made that determination.
The New York State Education Department continues to work with the governor’s office, the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Education to provide guidance to our schools around issues such as instructional time and test scheduling.
This situation is very fluid and could change as we continue to work with our local departments of health and New York State Department of Health.
The most current and accurate information about the coronavirus can be found at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus.
Thank you for your continued patience and partnership, and we will provide you with more information as soon as we can. Please keep checking your email and the WSWHE BOCES website, https://www.wswheboces.org/page/covid-19-information, for the most accurate and updated information. We appreciate your support, cooperation and understanding.
District Superintendent of Schools, WSWHE BOCES
March 9, 2020 COVID-19 Update
While WSWHE BOCES does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in our schools, we are aware of concerns in the community about the spread of this virus and wanted to give you an update.
We have become aware that Saratoga County currently has two confirmed, positive cases of COVID-19. We are closely monitoring this fluid situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Saratoga County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.
If WSWHE BOCES becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, it will immediately notify staff and parents/guardians. If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow our current practices for handling respiratory illnesses, subject to any additional guidance forthcoming.
WSWHE BOCES has infectious disease protocols in place and has been taking steps, such as cleaning and disinfecting throughout its schools, to minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses. There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health:
If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.
Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. WSWHE BOCES is prepared to work with any affected families. Families are also encouraged to follow the CDC’s information for travel, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
For more information, consider consulting these additional resources:
In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.
WSWHE BOCES will continue to share information as it becomes available. Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness.