November 21, 2021 Staff Update

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The district learned that a staff member who works at DCMO BOCES at the Alan D Pole Campus has
tested positive for COVID-19.

The staff member who tested positive was last in attendance on November 19. Our school staff followed
COVID-19 protocols, in accordance with the district’s Reopening Plan, and this helped greatly limit the
risk of exposure. We will continue to cooperate and coordinate with the Chenango County Health
Department.

Under the direction of the Chenango County Department of Health, no additional action is necessary at
this time. Should additional actions become necessary, we will immediately notify parents, faculty and
staff of any changes in procedures and protocols.

At this time, following the Chenango County Department of Health recommendations, our district will
remain open with our in-person instructional model. Our Reopening Plan has been designed to reduce
risk. We cannot eliminate all risk, especially outside of our school buildings. However, because we
continue to be diligent in enforcing social distancing, mask wearing, and encouraging hand washing and
sanitation, our local health department said the risk of secondary infection is low. Health officials are
completing contact tracing.

Please note that the federal and state privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally
identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive or release any additional
information.

Since the start of the school year, the district has been thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all portions of
our school building that are in use by students and staff on a daily basis in accordance with guidance from
the New York State Department of Health and the CDC.

For details about our cleaning procedures, COVID prevention policies and more, please see our
Reopening Plan at www.dcmoboces.com.

Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, can be directed to the
Chenango County Department of Health. 

Sincerely,

Perry T. Dewey, III
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