September 28 COVID Update

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

The district learned today, September 28, 2021, that a student who attends DCMO BOCES at the Pole Campus has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The student who tested positive was last in attendance on September 24. 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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