Seven New Vision Health students from Sullivan BOCES recently traveled to Syracuse to compete in the annual New York State SkillsUSA competition. For three days, students from across the state competed in various categories testing their vocational knowledge and skills. The students who competed on behalf of Sullivan BOCES and Sullivan County did exceptionally well. The Health Knowledge Bowl contestants Owen Bassett (MCS), Renee Robinson (MCS), Kaitlyn Lapomarede (MCS), and Team Captain Jacob Kaplan (MCS) from the Sullivan BOCES New Vision Health Program finished their contest in first place, qualifying them to travel to Atlanta, Georgia in June to participate in the national competition.
The Sullivan BOCES 2022-23 Administrative Budget ($4.6 million) was unanimously approved by the county’s component school boards on April 26. Kenneth Hilton (Sullivan West CSD) and Carol Park (Livingston Manor CSD) were re-elected to the BOCES board. The board welcomed Keith Stryker (Tri-Valley CSD) to the board. Mr. Stryker filled the seat of Cathy Russo (Tri-Valley CSD), who served on the board for one term. Sullivan BOCES board members are elected by component board members, not the general public, and serve three-year terms. The Sullivan BOCES board represents its components, with members from each component school district served. Sullivan BOCES’ component districts are Eldred, Fallsburg, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Monticello, Roscoe, Sullivan West, and Tri-Valley.
Sullivan 180 has produced a Community Resource Guide for you to use and share. This guide is their response to the number one barrier to achieving better health identified by Sullivan County residents: knowledge of existing resources. It can be complex and overwhelming to identify and locate services that will help in your hour of need, particularly if you are new to the area, or in crisis. After several years of information gathering, Sullivan 180 worked with community partners and the Sullivan County Democrat to print the resource guide in an effort to get it into the hands of as many community residents as possible.
Special Announcements / Action Items
Public Health will start offering second booster shots at their next clinic on April 14 from 2-5 pm.
If you are interested in getting the second booster, please sign up for one of their upcoming clinics at
or call us at (845) 292-5910.
Public Health has also consolidated their COVID-19 vaccination clinics into routine monthly immunization clinics, which are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 3-6 pm.
Alternatively, individuals can call their healthcare provider or local pharmacy.
New Mask & Quarantine Protocols
Effective March 2, 2022, the use of masks at Sullivan BOCES became optional for students and staff.
Although masks are optional, students and staff may be required to wear a mask if they are exposed to a positive COVID case per the NYS Department of Health Guidelines.
The NYS Department of Health Guidelines requirement to quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 has not changed. The current quarantine requirement is 5 days, and if the positive individual has no symptoms on day 6, they may return to school. A mask must be worn for the next 5 days (Day 6-10) as a precaution to prevent further spread.
If the positive individual is still symptomatic after day 5, they should remain home until they are symptom free. Please be aware that it is also recommended that anyone who is a direct exposure to a positive COVID case wear a mask for 10 days.
If your child is a direct exposure, a letter will be sent home with them to notify you of the exposure and the expectations for returning to school.
Regardless of whether your child is symptomatic or not, parents are requested to test their children on the day before they return to school after the weekend, and then again mid-week on Wednesday. Home test kits will be sent home with your child each week on Tuesday and Friday.
If your child tests positive, please do not send them to school. You should notify the school nurse and report that your child has tested positive through the Sullivan County Public Health Services’ Self Attestation Portal located on their website.
Parents should contact the child’s principal or the school nurse if they have any questions.
The New York State Guidance on Masking and Testing can be found on the following links.
Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Prevention Department Can Help with Your Prescription Drug Storage and Disposal Needs
Catholic Charities has been working with Sullivan BOCES to provide the school district health offices with prescription drug safe storage and disposal items and would like to offer these items to the families of students.
They can provide
- Lock bags (to store prescriptions safely)
- Lock caps (with combination)
- Drug destruction products (Dispose of RX or Deterra to safely dispose of an unneeded prescription)
- Prescription Trackers (to keep track of when prescriptions were taken)
Please contact Luisa.Parker@cccsos.org (845) 794-8080, ext. 2531 to get any of these items for your home.
Upcoming Events / General Announcements
Got5 - Crisis Text Line
The New York State Office of Mental Health and the Suicide Prevention Center of New York State has created a Crisis Text Line to help students and those in need get through a difficult moment. The Crisis Text Line is a free, anonymous, text-based support network that is available 24/7.
Simply text “GOT5” to 741-741 to start a texting conversation with a trained Crisis Counselor who can help you get through a difficult moment.
Help is a text away!