OCM BOCES Reopening Plan
OCM BOCES Announces Reopening Plan for Fall 2020
July 31, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members:
We are looking forward to having the opportunity to greet students as we begin the 2020-2021 school year in September. While it has been a difficult year for our local, national and global communities addressing the challenges of COVID-19, we are determined to provide the best possible learning opportunities for our students.
Having the opportunity to come together and support students during this challenging time is our priority at OCM BOCES. This 2020-2021 School Reopening Plan outlines the processes and strategies we will have in place to support a safe, equitable quality learning environment for all students and staff. I am very happy to share with you that our facilities at OCM BOCES support in-person instruction for all students in our K-12 programs, five days a week, while still following state and federal social distancing guidelines.
Our OCM BOCES plan incorporates guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department. It seeks to ensure best practices for preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. It addresses our students’ educational needs under three models of instruction: in-person, remote, and a hybrid of the two. It assures our commitment to helping students of all abilities and backgrounds successfully meet the New York State Learning Standards, but it also focuses on other essential needs for our children, including their social-emotional wellness, nutrition, and access to technology.
I would like to thank our administrative leaders, staff members, parents, guardians, students and members of the community who shared their input about reopening with OCM BOCES and the 23 component districts we serve. I would also like to thank the large and dedicated OCM BOCES team who worked directly on this document so we could share it with you today.
In these last few weeks before the start of the 2020-2021 school year, we will be continuing to implement the plans outlined in this document. We will be moving furniture, posting signs, training staff, preparing lessons, cleaning surfaces, and communicating with our families and other stakeholders about new procedures so we can all kick off the year as smoothly as possible.
Together, we can successfully support the educational needs of our students in Central New York while still making progress, as a local and global community, to defeat this pandemic.