HFM BOCES Reopening Plan
On Aug. 7, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that in-person instruction is permitted in all regions of New York state for the start of the 2020-21 school year based on current COVID-19 infection rates.
During the summer, HFM BOCES formulated a plan to reopen schools for September. These plans were created based on guidelines from federal and state agencies, as well as feedback from community stakeholders. To help inform this reopening plan, BOCES sought feedback and input from stakeholders, including administrators, staff, school nurses, parents/guardians, students, local health department officials, and others via online meetings and direct phone calls.
The plan outlined here is for the reopening of HFM programs for the 2020-21 school year. This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following programs:
- Adirondack Academy (Alternative Education)
- Adult Literacy and Corrections Education
- Career and Technical Education
- Pathways in Early College High School (PTECH)
- Special Education
It is possible that BOCES programs and our component school districts may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our schools. Please note, this plan will be updated throughout the school year, as necessary, to respond to emerging circumstances.
As part of its planning for the reopening of schools and the new academic year, the district has developed a plan for communicating all necessary information to district staff, students, parents/guardians, visitors and education partners and vendors. The district will use its existing communication channels – including the HFM website, emails, mass notification, signage, training opportunities and other means to support the dissemination of consistent messaging regarding new protocols and procedures, expectations, requirements and options related to school operations throughout the pandemic.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the plan is accessible to all individuals in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A/AA. The plan and the HFM website can also be translated into other languages, via the G-Translate feature, which can be found at the top of each webpage.