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On Monday, July 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York can follow plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September if COVID-19 infection rates stay at 5% or lower in a given region.

Determinations will be made by region about opening and closing schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If a region is in Phase 4 and has a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average, schools in that region could hold in-person instruction. If daily infection rates exceed 9% over a seven-day average, however, schools in that region would not reopen. Similarly, should a region see such an average after reopening, schools in that region would also be directed to close.

While districts have been instructed to prioritize efforts to return all students to in-person instruction, the district is also planning for remote/distance learning as well as a for a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and remote learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the remote learning model.

The plan outlined here is for the reopening of operations at the FEH BOCES for the 2020-21 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following BOCES locations:

  • Adirondack Educational Center, Saranac Lake, NY – Rick Swanston, Principal – 518-891-1330
  • North Franklin Educational Center, Malone NY – Shawn McMahon, Principal – 518-483-5230
  • CTE Programs at Salmon River CSD, Fort Covington, NY, Shawn McMahon, Principal – 518-483-5230
  • Special Education Programming at Chateaugay Central School, Chateaugay, NY, Shannon Pitcher-Boyea, Director of ISS & SPED Principal – 518-483-6420
  • Adult Education at One Work Source, Malone, NY, Joseph Campbell, Teacher - 518-481-5755

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our schools.

Stacy Vincent, Director of Management & Finance, will serve as the district’s COVID-19 Coordinator. Ms. Vincent will work closely with our local health department and will be responsible for overall oversight of all FEH BOCES facilities. She will serve as a central contact for schools and stakeholders, families, staff and other school community members and will ensure the district is in compliance and following the best practices per state and federal guidelines. All correspondence related to COVID-19 reopening, planning and guidance will include Ms. Vincent’s contact information.

Content Outline

  • Cover Page/Introduction
  • Communication/Family and Community Engagement
  • Health & Safety
  • Facilities
  • Child Nutrition
  • Transportation
  • Social Emotional Well-Being
  • School Schedules
  • Budget & Fiscal Matters
  • Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism
  • Technology and Connectivity
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Career & Technical Education (CTE)
  • Athletics & Extracurricular Activities
  • Special Education
  • Bilingual Education and World Languages
  • Certification/APPR/Student Teachers


FEH BOCES Reopening Planning Contributors

Stephanie Bannon, Human Resource Coordinator

Brian Battistoni, School Counselor

John Benware, Licensed Practical Nurse

Dale Breault, Jr., District Superintendent

Darcey Burman, Cosmetology Teacher

Karie Doelger, School Library System Director

Tara Ellis, Registered Professional Nurse

Paula Erno-Boyea, School Counselor

Kathleen Farrell-Strack, RN, Franklin County Public Health

Michele Frazier, Management Systems Specialist

Alex Harris, Social Studies Teacher

Barbara Hart, Alternative Ed Teacher

Darci Hart, Adult Equivalency Teacher

Corri Johnston, Health Occ. Teacher

Sandra LaRose, Account Clerk

Shaun Lawrence, Director of Facilities

Tom Marshall, Teaching Assistant

Patti McGillicuddy, RN, Franklin County Public Health

Shawn McMahon, Principal, NFEC

Jamie O’Dell, Business Manager

Craig Paquin, Electrical Trades Teacher

Kempton Pierce, P-Tech – ELA/History

Shannon Pitcher-Boyea, Director of Instructional Support 60%/Special Education & Itinerant Program Principal 40%

Laice Redman, English Teacher

Alison Riley-Clark, New Vision Teacher

John Roe, Culinary Arts Teacher

Rhonda Shorette-Peets, Consultant Teacher Stand. Imp. & Tech

Donna St. Ann, Teaching Assistant

John Staib, Managing Program Coordinator I (Network Services)

Technical Account Manager, FEHB Region

Northeastern Regional Information Center

April Stemmer, Math Teacher

Rick Swanston, Principal, AEC

Lori Tourville, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Instructional Support

Stacy Vincent, Director of Management Services

Rosemary Warner, Registered Professional Nurse

Joanne Williams, School Counselor

Christian Wissler, Natural Resource Science Teacher