Important COVID-19 Information & Updates

Updated July 31, 2020 

Capital Region BOCES stands ready to support our partner school districts and students during this uncertain time.

Please continue to monitor this page for the most up-to-date information and resources. 

Reopening Plan 

Our Reopening Plan may be viewed online and was submitted to the state on July 31, 2020. It outlines Capital Region BOCES’ plans for reopening our schools and programs for the 2020-2021 school year.

Changes in Response to COVID-19 

Our school buildings remain closed to non-essential staff and students for the summer.  This includes:

  • Capital Region Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program.
  • All Career and Technical Education schools (Albany, Schoharie, and Center for Advanced Technology @Mohonasen).
  • Pathways Academy.
  • Special Education schools (Airline Drive Academy and the Maywood School) and our special education programs in component school districts.
  • All adult education programs including the Capital South Campus Center and Health Careers Center. Adult Education students will find updates relevant to them here. 

Our administrative offices will open on July 6 for staff who need to work from this site, but will remain closed to the public. Employees critical to our operations will continue to work regularly on-site. This includes those responsible for physical inspection and maintenance of our network infrastructure, critical business and human resource office functions, receiving, security, maintenance/cleaning and specific services we provide to districts.

Ensuring the safety of our staff and buildings.The majority of our 12-month employees continue to work remotely during the summer months to provide vital services. There should be no difference in the support our partner districts are accustomed to receiving.

BOCES board meetings held online until further notice. The Capital Region BOCES Board of Education meets generally on the third Monday of every month including July and August at 5:30 p.m. During COVID-19 we will adhere to the Governor’s Executive Order to hold meetings virtually.  Agendas and meeting minutes are posted on BoardDocs.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Board Clerk Mary Beth Bruno at 518-862-4920 or mary.bruno@neric.org

Childcare Available for Families

If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent need for child care survey. Based on the information you provide, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services may be able to help you find the childcare program you need.

Additionally, the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRR) is a great resource for childcare in the Capital Region that meets your needs. Contact BrightsideUp (formerly the Capital District Child Care Council),  518-426-7181, for more information.

Childcare For Healthcare Workers, First Responders and Other “Essential” Staff

YMCA branch locations in the Capital Region are offering school-age childcare for emergency personnel (physicians, nurses, EMTs and many others. View a complete list of essential workers.)

Care for infants and toddlers is also available at the following YMCA locations:

  • Clifton Park/KidzLodge Early Learning Center
  • Duanesburg/Early Learning Center
  • Glenville/Learning Ladder Early Learning Center
  • Scotia/Thelma P. Lally Early Learning Center

Financial assistance is available for this care.

Local school leaders are also working with the YMCA and other childcare providers to bring additional childcare options for emergency personnel to their school communities.

  • To learn more and enroll in the YMCA infant/toddler or school-age programs, please visit the YMCA website or call 518-869-3500.

Childcare for Non-School Age Children

Families needing childcare resources for non-school-age children (birth to age five) can contact A Childs Place at Unity House, 518-271-6777.

No Cost Childcare For Income Eligible Essential Workers

New York State is using a portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds to provide childcare to income eligible essential workers at no cost.

Essential workers who must work outside of the home and who are using a licensed and regulated childcare provider can receive a scholarship for the cost of care (for as long as the funds to support it are available.) For parents that currently receive a childcare subsidy from their local Department of Social Services, this scholarship can cover the parent co-pay. 

To qualify for the scholarship, families must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four that equals an annual income of $78,600. 

Parents are asked to complete this application for the CARES Child Care Scholarship. The application will be considered complete once the online application is finished  and the required supplemental documentation is submitted to Brightside Up, the Childcare Resource and Referral Agency (CCRA) for Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady counties. 

Please contact Tricia Howland of Brightside Up at thowland@brightsideup.org with questions about this scholarship program.

Student Meals Available in Capital Region Schools

We know hunger is a reality for many of the children and teens who attend our schools. That’s why school districts will provide breakfast and lunch during the closure. Meals may be available for pick-up or delivery. Review a list of distribution sites. 

Summer Learning and Enrichment 

  • Extended School Year (ESY) primarily remote this summer. On June 5, Governor Cuomo announced that Extended School Year (ESY) programs for students may be offered onsite this summer. After carefully considered whether this a workable possibility for our students and the programs we offer, we have decided to use primarily a remote learning approach this summer. One day a week, teachers and related service providers will visit students at their homes to check in, deliver a form of abbreviated instruction, drop off learning materials and consult with parents.
  • Summer Adventure site provides week-by-week activities for grades K-5. Summer vacation may look a bit different this year — but Capital Region BOCES has eight weeks of activities to keep children engaged all summer long!

Capital Region BOCES has partnered with its 24 component school districts to create a website of fun, enriching activities for students in grades K-5.

The Summer Adventure website will provide a range of activities for kids and their families, from cooking to science to arts and crafts to mindful moments. With a mix of independent learning and family fun, parents will have the freedom to choose from a variety of summer adventures for their kids.

Starting July 2, new activities will be unveiled every Friday through Aug. 21, to keep kids active all summer long. Visit the site now to sign up for Summer Adventure activities delivered to your inbox each week.

Technical Support for Students

We are ready to answer questions parents and students may have on how to  use of their BOCES-issued Chromebooks and other learning equipment and provide technical support for devices. Please contact our technical support team at 518-862-5490.

Mental Health Support for Students and Families

We recognize that this is a challenging and likely stressful time for our students and their families. If you or your child needs help and support in this regard, please reach out to local Mobile Crisis teams at 518-292-5499 (for children and adolescents) or 518-549-6500 (for adults.)

Remote Learning/Meeting Resources for Educators

Online Conferencing Guidance, WebEx For Instruction and Collaboration Available For School Districts/BOCES

Online Conferencing Guidance and WebEx for virtual, Ed Law 2-d and Part 121 compliant collaboration are now available to school districts and BOCES to help them manage continuity of instruction and communication with stakeholders and communities. 

Educators who’d like to learn how to leverage a variety of tools to support remote teaching and learning should visit this website or reach out to Manager of E-Learning Services Mike Sylofski at michael.sylofski@neric.org or 518-862-5499 or Manager of Instructional Technology Services Lora Parks at lora.parks@neric.org or 518-862-5223. 

Student Testing

June and August 2020 Regents Exams Cancelled

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has cancelled all June 2020 Regents exams. Students will be able to earn diploma credit for courses without taking these exams. Learn more about what the cancellation of the June and August 2020 Regents means for students and their path to graduation.

Celebrating Our Graduates

Virtual Career and Technical School Ceremonies

On June 23, 24 and 25, we celebrated our graduating Career and Technical School students and their families in a series of virtual awards and recognition ceremonies. Watch the recorded graduation ceremonies