HFM BOCES shifts to fully remote

JOHNSTOWN — Several HFM BOCES special education classes located at multiple buildings in Gloversville and Johnstown have temporarily shifted to fully remote instruction while staff members are under quarantine following coronavirus exposures.

The district in a press release on Tuesday announced the shift to fully remote learning beginning that day for some special education classes while staff members are required to quarantine as a result of confirmed or probable exposures to the coronavirus.

Currently all HFM BOCES special education classes located at the former Knox Junior High School in Johnstown have shifted to remote instruction through the end of this week. In-person instruction will resume on Monday.

At McNab Elementary School in Gloversville four special education classes have shifted to remote instruction through the end of the week. In-person instruction will resume on Monday.

At Gloversville Middle School two HFM BOCES special educations have shifted to fully remote instruction. One of the impacted classes will resume in-person instruction on Monday while the other will return to campus on Wednesday.

Staff, students, parents and other individuals impacted by the temporary shifts to remote learning of HFM BOCES special education programs have reportedly been contacted.

The district press release additionally indicates that these individuals have been contacted about any possible need to quarantine or be tested for the coronavirus.

Due to privacy laws, the release does not disclose any specific information regarding the number of staff members currently under quarantine or whether any students have also been placed under quarantine.

“Please note that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and other privacy laws restrict BOCES from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information, and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive,” the release states.

Although the press release does not include mention of any confirmed coronavirus cases from any of the district’s program sites, according to the state Department of Health School COVID-19 Report Card, two teachers from the HFM BOCES program at Gloversville Middle School tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday and a third tested positive a week earlier on Jan. 14.

The currently impacted programs at McNab and Knox have not had any confirmed positive coronavirus cases recorded on the state Report Card in the last seven days. However, individuals from two other HFM BOCES program sites have tested positive for the virus in the last week, according to the state reporting tool.

One staff member from the HFM BOCES site at Meco School in Gloversville tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. Additionally, from the PTECH program located at Glebe Elementary School in Johnstown one HFM BOCES staff member tested positive on Tuesday and one student tested positive on Jan. 15.


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