Important COVID-19 Information & Updates

Updated May 18, 2020

Schools in New York state will remain closed through the end of the school year.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the extended statewide school closure on May 1. During this time, schools are required to provide continuity of instruction, meals for students and childcare resources every weekday.

The last day of remote learning for all Capital Region BOCES school-age students will be Friday, June 12. This includes students enrolled in our Capital Region P-TECH, Career and Technical Education, Pathways and Special Education programs.

There will be no remote instruction on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, 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. 

Changes in Response to COVID-19 

Our school buildings are closed.  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 (Fulton, Maywood School, Rotterdam Academies) 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 office is closed to the public; however, employees are working remotely as we continue to provide vital services. There should be no difference in the support our partner districts are accustomed to receiving. 

Employees critical to our operations continue to work 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.

BOCES board meetings held online until further notice. The Capital Region BOCES Board of Education meets generally on the third Monday of every month 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.

On April 1, BOCES’ Annual Meeting was held virtually. Despite the change in format, participants were offered an opportunity to learn more about the proposed 2020-2021 budget and ask questions during the meeting.

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. 

Student Learning During the School Closure

All of the school districts in the Capital Region share in our commitment to providing our students with resources and materials to keep their learning going.

The last day of remote learning for all Capital Region BOCES school-age students will be Friday, June 12. This includes students enrolled in our Capital Region P-TECH, Career and Technical Education, Pathways and Special Education programs.

  • Instruction and learning expectations for Capital Region BOCES students. Our goal throughout the closure is to provide students who attend our schools and programs with opportunities to be engaged and continue learning new material guided by their teachers. Learn more about how we are delivering instruction and learning expectations for our students during the closure.
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Curriculum/Instruction and Exemptions Approved by NYSED. BOCES’ administration is working hand-in-hand with the New State Education Department (SED) to address several issues as they relate to ensuring your student is learning and provided with the opportunities needed to advance their education. Learn more about career and technical instruction during the school closure and NYSED-approved exemptions.
  • Capital Region BOCES teachers have created a website with a variety of online, age-appropriate resources for parent-guided and self-guided learning for BOCES students. These resources will give students the opportunity to practice skills, review content and explore topics at home. You’ll also find materials to help support students’ health and well-being during this difficult time. Teachers will continue to add more resources to the site so please check back regularly for updates. Access Capital Region BOCES’ Instructional Learning Resources.

    In addition to these resources, some teachers are communicating with their students in other ways such as through Google Classroom and even postal mail in certain circumstances. If your child does not have an electronic device and/or internet access, please contact your child’s building principal and we will do our best to help.

  • Educational programming on WMHT World. The new programming, along with their existing educational resources, provides a wide range of learning materials while school is not in session. View a complete programming schedule, related resources, and additional home learning opportunities

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.)

Pick-up of Student Belongings

Career and Technical School (CTE) teachers will be reaching out to students to arrange for the pick up any belongings they may have left in the school.  Students will not be allowed back into the buildings; rather the items will be collected by teachers who will deliver them to students outside of the school at a safe distance. 

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

Grade 3-8 Testing Suspended for Remainder of School Year

The New York State Board of Regents and state Education Department announced Friday, March 20, that Grades 3-8 state assessments have been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

This applies to the following New York state testing programs:

  • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
  • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
  • New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
  • New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
  • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12
  • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.

June 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 2020 Regents means for students and their path to graduation.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Administered Online

The College Board, which administers Advanced Placement (AP) exams nationwide, has announced that it will conduct online exams for the 2019-20 school year. The exam content will only cover material taught through early March.