Sullivan County Public Health Services clarifies when to quarantine, or isolate as COVID-19 cases rise (click here to read more)
The Disease Control (Epidemiology) team at Sullivan County Public Health Services, is urging local residents who have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 to quarantine for the recommended 14 days. The renewed urgency comes as cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus have spiked sharply both locally and statewide in recent weeks. Today, 25 new positive cases were reported, up from 100 active cases on Friday, Nov. 13, and up from 35 active cases just over a month ago. “This is indicative of an increase in community wide transmission,” indicated Nancy McGraw, Public Health Director. “The best tools we have to contain additional outbreaks is prevention: consistent mask wearing, hand-washing or hand sanitizer use, limiting time in groups, and that people understand the importance of quarantine and isolation.”
As you are aware, COVID-19 related cases are increasing throughout our region. As a precautionary measure, if the building that your child is assigned to at their home school closes or the entire district closes for COVID-19 related reasons, please do not send your child to Sullivan BOCES. Your child should be kept home and will remain on remote instruction for the duration of the building/district’s closure. We ask that you continually check your child’s home school district’s website for updates on their closure status. Once your child’s home school district removes its closure status, Sullivan BOCES will resume hybrid instruction for your child. If you have any questions, please contact your child's principal.
Please scan the QR code above to complete the student COVID-19 building entrance screening questionnaire. This screening protocol is part of the re-opening process for Sullivan BOCES. Please complete this questionnaire each day before your child gets on the bus to come to school. Thank you for your cooperation.
Sullivan BOCES Employee COVID-19 Building Entrance Screening (Unable to Scan the QR Code, please click here)
Please scan the QR code above to complete the building entrance screening questionnaire. This screening protocol is part of the re-opening process for school districts. Please complete this questionnaire before the start of work EACH day you are on-site. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.
Special Announcements / Action Items
Distance Learning Support
- Parent Pointers for managing online learning at home
- Remote Tech Support for families (NOTE: Contact your local school district for tech support, not the number listed on the webpage)
- Digital Resources for Overwhelmed Parents
- 22 Remote Learning Tips For Parents Helping At Home -
- Parent Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning | Common Sense Education
Resources for Schools
- Pure Brain Breaks - free resource providing schools with short videos and exercises to alleviate stress and to calm overstimulated minds.
- School of Belonging - free 5-week distance learning SEL curriculum for schools
- The Science of Keeping Kids Engaged—Even From Home
- 4 Tips for Supporting Parents During Remote Learning
- How Schools Can Support Parents During Remote Learning
- Engaging Families in Distance Learning: Supporting from Afar
- NYSED Social Emotional Learning Resources and Guidance Materials
- NYSED Mental Health Education Resources and Guidance Materials
- NYSED Digital Learning Resouces
- NYSED Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on School Reopening Regarding Teaching and Learning
- NYSED 20-21 State Assessments
- NYSED Responding to the Challenges of Learning in Masked Environments
- NYSDOH COVID-19 Pre-K to Gr 12 COVID-19 Toolkit
- NYSDOH: Halloween Guidance
COVID-19 Testing Protocols
Reopening FAQ for Parents
- Reopening Forum: Presentation
- Reopening Forums: Videos
- Sullivan County Public Health School Community Forum 11-4-20
Resources & Helpful Links
- Immunization Clinics
- How to Recognize Covid-19 Symptoms in Children
- Helpful Tips to Encourage Children to Wear Masks
- Intro to Mental Health & Wellness for Parents
- Mental Health & Wellness for Educators
- Infrared Thermometers Used for COVID-19 Testing Do Not Pose Risk for Pineal Gland
- CDC: How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask
- What you Need to Know About Handwashing
- Wash Your Hands (Young Kids)
- Happy Handwashing Song
- Stay Safe: Handwashing PSA
- How to Wear a Fabric Mask Safely
- Wearing a Mask (For Kids)
- Wearing a Mask - A Social Narrative for Children by Autism Little Learners
- Wear a Mask to Protect You and Your Friends (For Young Adults)
- Masks Work, Really We'll Show You How
*** Sullivan BOCES is in the process of translating the reference documents into Spanish. The documents will be uploaded as soon as they are complete.
Thank you for your patience. ***
New York State Department of Health Dashboard (COVID-19 Report Card)
This dashboard is intended to provide the public with self-reported COVID-19 data tied to the school districts throughout New York State. Please be aware that since this information is self-reported, the accuracy of the information provided is not confirmed and may reflect different information than the Sullivan County Public Health Services COVID-19 Dashboard, which reflects current, actual testing for Sullivan County. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only and should not be used as guidance for any decision-making.
COVID-19 Health Resources
- Sullivan County Public Health Services: (845) 292-5910
- Sullivan County Emergency Community Assistance Hotline: (for COVID-19 issues only) (845) 807-0925
- NYS Coronavirus Information Hotline: (888) 364-3065
- NYS Department of Health - Coronavirus updates and travel advisories
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - the latest tips and guidance, links to ASL videos.
- Mobile Mental Health Team: 24 Hour outreach services for adults 18 and over with mental health needs (845) 790-0911, (800) 710-7083, or 911
- Children's Crisis Outreach: (845) 701-3777
- Text to Talk Helpline: Text “HOME” to 741741
- Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 (800) 273–TALK (8255)
- United Way of Sullivan County: (845) 794-1771
- Social and Emotional Learning Activities for Families and Educators
- School of Belonging at Home - The Teaching Empathy Institute
- A Pause for Your Wellness - a collection of coping strategies and resources for teens and adults
- 10 Ways Parents Can Bring Social-Emotional Learning Home
- 5 Ways Families Can Prepare as Coronavirus Cases Surge
- Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19
- How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus
- How to Talk to Teens About the New Coronavirus
- Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During Coronavirus
Reopening of Sullivan BOCES: 2020-2021 School Year
Sullivan BOCES is planning on initially reopening in a hybrid modality in the fall. As additional questions arise we will do our best to answer them. For items not addressed in the subheadings, please refer to the FAQ below.
Start of Classes
The 2020-2021 school year for students will commence with the start of our hybrid schedule on Monday, September 14th.
In order to accommodate most of our component school districts, Sullivan BOCES will be reopening on a hybrid schedule.
In-Person - Cohort A
Remote - Cohort B
In-Person - Cohort A
Remote - Cohort B
In-Person - No Students
Remote - Cohort A & Cohort B
In-Person - Cohort B
Remote - Cohort A
In-Person - Cohort B
Remote - Cohort A
Specific details of the hybrid schedule will be developed by building administration in consultation with the faculty and instructional staff. Once the schedule is drafted, BOCES will share that information with the families.
Masks and Social Distancing
Masks will be required to be worn by all students and staff at all times. In order to maximize social distancing, some furniture in our classrooms will be removed.
Student COVID Screening
The families of our students are asked to complete the Sullivan BOCES remote screening protocol. This can be done by using a hyperlink or QR code located on our website.
All students will have their temperatures taken using a handheld contactless digital thermometer as they arrive each day. Any student with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be stood off to the side and rescanned after the remainder of the bus disembarks. If they still register a temperature of 100 degrees or higher on the second scan they will return to their home district via the bus. The students' parents and the home district will be called immediately.
Upcoming Events / General Announcements
BOCES Board Meeting
December 15, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Virtual Meeting
The Board anticipates entering into Executive Session immediately at 5:30 PM.
The Regular Meeting is expected to resume at approximately 6:00 PM.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 991 2708 0155
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