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Current updates regarding coronavirus (5/1)
- In continued response to the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on May 1 that school closures across New York State will remain in effect for the remainder of the academic school year, and distance learning for students will continue for the rest of the year as well. Read more about the closure
- Help is available those with anxiety and other issues related to COVID-19. The Family Counseling Center is offering a free of charge call-in service to any individual wishing to speak to a mental health professional. This non-crisis “warm-line” will be staffed by trained Family Peer Advocates, ready to assist in a variety of ways. Call 1-518-725-4310 extension 333 for assistance.
- New York State also has a new helpline for people who are experiencing overwhelming anxiety, stress and depression brought on by the coronavirus emergency. Call 1-844-863-9314 for free and confidential support. The helpline is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
- HFM BOCES programs have developed a variety of resources for parent-guided and self-guided learning for our students while classes are canceled.
- To help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, access to the HFM BOCES main campus is limited to essential personnel at this time.
- Employees: Do NOT enter the building unless you have prior approval from your supervisor.
- Visitors: If you require assistance, you should refer to the Contact Us section of this website.
- HFM BOCES has infectious disease protocols in place and has been taking steps, such as cleaning and disinfecting throughout our facilities, to minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses. Those efforts will continue.
- All school districts in the HFM region have canceled all classes for students beginning Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31. All school districts across the state have been ordered to cancel classes through March 31. Check your school district’s website for any additional information about schedules and changes.
- It is important to remind everyone that exposure to COVID-19 can occur regardless of race or ethnicity. Anyone who hears someone make a comment related to this illness and one’s ethnic background or race should address this comment and be sure that people have accurate information and are not discriminating against others.
- 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. Employees should also notify their supervisors before returning to work.
- For the most current and accurate information about the coronavirus please visit www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus.
- The following tips are provided by the NYSDOH:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- For more information concerning the coronavirus, please consult the following resources: