We are pleased to share the October issue of the Sullivan BOCES News & Notes for the 2022-2023 school year. The focus of this monthly newsletter is to provide you with information about what’s happening in our programs and other family-oriented material from Sullivan BOCES and our community partners.
We are pleased to announce that Sullivan BOCES is starting a Student/Parent Support Council. The Support Council is a group of parents, teachers, staff, board members, and community stakeholders meeting 3-4 times a year to educate families and improve the educational experience at Sullivan BOCES. The first meeting is on Nov. 15th, from 3:30-5:00 pm. All are welcome!
Special Announcements / Action Items
Sullivan BOCES is pleased to share its
2022-2025 Strategic Plan and
new Mission and Vision Statement.
Sullivan BOCES is an innovative, county-wide educational service agency, providing leadership, cooperative services, and collaborative opportunities for students, school districts, and community organizations. We promote student success, equity and inclusion for all, while meeting the diverse needs of our students and rural communities.Vision Statement
To build equity and a foundation for the lifelong success of all students in Sullivan County, we need to:
• Expand Relevant Opportunities
• Value and Empower Stakeholders
• Practice Supportive and Efficient
Business & Finance
• Increase Expectations for All Students
*** STUDENTS & PARENTS ***
BE AWARE!The "emerging trend" of "brightly-colored" fentanyl pills being used to lure children and young people, is called "Rainbow Fentanyl"“Rainbow Fentanyl" has been seized in at least 18 states and is made to look like candy, and comes in several forms, including "pills, powder and blocks that resembles sidewalk chalk." Powdered Fentanyl is more potent than pills.
Click on the following links for further information.
- DEA Warns of Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Young Americans
- Multnomah County issues public safety warning about rainbow-colored fentanyl - YouTube
- 'Historic' amount of fentanyl seized in Mexico (nypost.com)
The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service. This new benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.
You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/ACP or calling
2022-2023 School Year Message from Governor Hochul, Dept. of Health Commissioner Bassett, and Education Dept. Commissioner Rosa
Thanks to your ongoing heroic work, schools across New York State have been able to provide in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping your students and staff safe by using protocols issued by local health departments and school districts.
As we enter a new phase of the pandemic, with increased access to COVID-19 information, vaccination, testing, and treatment, we are changing our guidance to give school districts and schools more flexibility heading into the 2022-2023 school year.
Mitigation Strategies: We jointly encourage school districts and schools to utilize the CDC's Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning as a resource for COVID-19 mitigation strategies in the K-12 setting. This guidance from the CDC represents the most up-to-date COVID-19 mitigation strategies for the K-12 setting while considering COVID-19 Community Levels. Changes to the most current CDC Operational Guidance include:
- Elimination of the test-to-stay policy recommendation.
- Changed recommendations to conduct screening testing to focus on high-risk activities during high COVID-19 Community Levels or in response to an outbreak.
- Removal of the recommendation to pod/cohort.
- Removal of the recommendation to quarantine, except in high-risk congregate settings.
- Addition of detailed information on when to wear a mask, how to manage cases and exposures, and how to respond to outbreaks.
COVID-19 Exposure: When people are exposed to COVID-19, follow the CDC's Exposure Guidance. It is recommended that those exposed to COVID-19 wear a well-fitting mask or respirator for a full 10-day period and get tested at least 5 days after close contact or sooner if symptoms develop. The current guidance holds for all individuals irrespective of vaccination status or history of prior COVID-19 infection.
The CDC notes that testing is not required to determine end of isolation following_a positive test for COVID..19 infection; however, individuals may use sequential antigen testing, if available, as outlined in CDC's Isolation Guidance to potentially shorten the duration of mask use post-isolation. Those who are not able to wear a well-fitting mask or respirator should either isolate for a full 10 days or follow the test-based strategy to determine when they can return to school without a mask. (read more)
- 2022-2023 Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19
- What Parents/Caregivers Should Know about COVID Mitigation Strategies for the 2022-2023 School Year
- 2022-2023 School Year Message from Governor Hochul, Dept. of Health Commissioner Bassett, and Education Dept. Commissioner Rosa - Spanish
- 2022-2023 Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19 - Spanish
- What Parents/Caregivers Should Know about COVID Mitigation Strategies for the 2022-2023 School Year - Spanish
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.
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.To access the guide, please scan the QR code or click on the link below. Please feel free to share with others.