District Resources & Updates

Attorney in Governor's Office Tells Education Groups Schools Have Flexibility on Physical Distancing 08.30.21

SED Commissioner’s Determination on Indoor Masking Pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.61 08.27.21

VIDEO: Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools – Review of Updates 4.15.21

Updated P-12 Operating/Opening Guidance

Updated Interim Guidance for End of Academic Year Celebrations During the COVID-19 State of Emergency

Gender-Neutral Toilet Signs FAQ

Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention 03.19.21


CDC Issues New Recommendations for School Ventilation 02.26.21

NYSED: In-person learning and COVID-19 testing and sports participation (Ammended) 02.17.21

NYSED: Guidance to Local Education Agencies to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness 02.16.21

CDC Guidance: Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation 02.12.21

New York State Department of Health Pre-K to Gr 12 COVID-19 Toolkit 02.01.21

NYASBO- New Covid-19 Stimulus Package 1.4.21

NYSED Building Condition Survey and Visual Inspection 

NYSED Fire Drill Memo Update 12.4.20

Recent Amendments to Education Law §2801-a Regarding Pandemic Planning 12.3.20

Official Fire Drills Clarification 11.17.20

Oregon Osha Respiratory Protection Fact Sheet

Steps to Assess Classroom Ventilation

NYSED Reopening Plans Clarification Memo 8.26.20

NYSED Submission Form During Covid-19 Reopening

NYSED Covid-19 FAQ's 8.5.20

Revised Flammability Standards on Light Transmitting Plastic Sneeze Guards or Separators 7.30.20

NYSED Emergency Regulations re: Flexibility for Pupil Transportation Due to COVID-19 (see p. 5) 7.29.20

School Reopening FAQs- 7.22.20

SED Reopening Guidance

PK-12 Guidelines for In-Person Instruction

Checklist for PK-12 for Reopening

OGS Survey School District Reopening Supplies Needs

Regulatory Flexibility for the Reopening of Schools

Reopening New York: Guidelines for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools

Reopening New York: Checklist for Pre-K to Grade 12 School Reopening Plans

BoR and NYSED's Reopening Institution of Higher Education

Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York Schools Reopening Guidance

BoR and NYSED's Regional Task Force Meetings

Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening Schools

Recap: White House Summit on Safely Reopening America's Schools

US EPA Flushing Guidance 5.6.20

NYSDOH Interim Guidance for Higher Education

NYSDOH Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Reopening New York: Checklist for Higher Education

Reopening New York: Higher Education Guidelines

NJ Reopening Plan

Reopening Parent Survey

Reopening Staff Survey 

Maryland's Recovery Plan for Education

NYS Business Reopening Safety Plan Template

PPE Resources

Ultimatum Airborne Mitigation Systems

MasterLibrary ML Blinders

N95 Waiver Signature Form

N95 Waiver Information

US Department of Labor (Mandatory) Information for Employees Using Respirators When Not Required Under the Standard

HPAC Engineering: "Assessing the Role of HVAC Systems in Fighting Covid-19" 8.14.20

ClearSpace Polycarbonate Divider Overview

Plastic Glazing for Sneeze Guards Revision 4: 7.28.20

Polymershapes Protection Solutions

NYSED REVISED Guidance for Sneeze Guards 7.28.20

EPA's NEW Indoor Air and COVID-19 Webpage 7.23.20

Fastpass Contactless/Thermal Camera Visitor Management Solution - Click here for tutorial video

Armoured One Face Shields

Merv 13 VS. Merv 8

ACC Covid Screening Application

NYSSBA Resources: Where to purchase PPE

Schools, Classrooms & Hallway Portable Standing Partitions

Johnstone Air Curtains

Botanical Disinfectant Solution

Antimicrobial PuraShield PPE

Sanuvox UV-C Light Treatment for Commercial & Residential Properties

UV Light and COVID-19

CDC Guidence for Re-opening (please refer to pages 45-48)

List N Tool: identify disinfectant products that meet EPA’s criteria here

ASHRAE Filtration/Disinfection Guidance

A User's Guide to Face Masks

Disinfecting Your Facility If Someone Is Sick 

Germicidal UV-C & Airborne Kill

Camfil Clean Air Solutions Addresses the Corona Pandemic

Additional Resources

NYSSBA Advocacy Alert 8.25.20

Statement from Chancellow Betty A. Rosa, the Board of Regents and Interim Commissioner Shannon Tahoe: NYSED  7.8.20

Webinar: The Future of School Buildings Hosted by Ecosystem Recording

COVID-19 Update and the Clark County School District's Response

NYS DOH Education Guidance as of 6.8.20

NYS DOH Guidance on Graduation

NYCOSS Advocacy Update 6.1.20

NYS DOH COVID-19 Health Care Workers Webinar

CDC Guidence for Cleaning and Disinfecting Facilities

Fire Code of NYS Hand Sanitizer Code Rules

COVID-19 Testing: Get Tested Here

SAANYS Guidence

CDC Guidence

NYS DOH Guidance

NYSED Guidance

OSHA Guidance

PESH Guidance

NYSED Supporting Students and Families Disconnected from School 5.11.20

Secretary DeVos Announces $3 Billion in Emergency Education Block Grants for Governors

NYS DOH Health Advisory 5.6.20

CDC Reopening America Cleaning and Disinfection 4.28.20

EPA: Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools 4.13.20

NYS Executive Orders (in order) Pertaining to COVID-19 4.23.20

Best Practices for Sizing UV-C Germicidal HVAC Fixtures 4.01.20

NYSED – Office of Professions (School Nurses and Medical Directors)

Face Covering Required for Essential Workers Effective April 15, 2020

NYS OGS Green Cleaning Programs & Guidance

Pesticide Awareness Fact Sheets

COVID-19 Pesticide Safety Page

UV Light and COVID-19

NYSDOH: Protocols for Personnel to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure

NYSCOSS COVID-19 Resource Page

Visual Capitalist: The 7 Best COVID-19 Resources We’ve Discovered So Far

The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do

School Construction

In bullet #9 of the April 9 guidance from Empire State Development, it states that school districts are allowed to continue construction projects. However, to the greatest extent possible, local governments should postpone any non-essential projects and only proceed with essential projects when they can implement appropriate social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols. Essential projects should be considered those that have a nexus to health and safety of the building occupants or to support the broader essential services that are required to fulfill the critical operations of government or the emergency response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Guidance from the New York State & Local Retirement System

NYSLRS advises its members who become seriously ill from the COVID-19 virus to file for retirement. This would allow an ongoing pension benefit to such person's beneficiary. Please click here to find the application appropriate for you. Employers can submit completed forms using Retirement Online.

Important Information Regarding Building Inspections

At this time, Building Code Enforcement has been deemed an essential service per Executive Order 202.6, and the NYS Dept. of State has affirmed this requirement. Therefore, the NYSED Office of Facilities Planning does not have authority to waive the requirement for the inspections necessary to maintain Certificates of Occupancy for school buildings required by statute and regulation.

Boiler Inspections

Thank you to NYSIR for informing us that Matthew Sansone, Chief Boiler Inspector New York State, is approving Boiler Certificate Extensions for a period of 90-day increments. If your district needs an extension for a boiler inspection, please email your request to Mathew.Sansone@labor.ny.gov including the name of the location, contact person, phone number and a list of the boilers that are affected, e.g. (NYxxxxxxL) for low -pressure boilers or (NYxxxxxxH) for high-pressure boilers.

Please make every effort to complete inspections, especially for any occupied buildings that are used for food prep/distribution, child care/day care activities or other occupied use. Fire safety inspections will need to be conducted, non-conformance identified, and data entered into the portal. If additional time is needed to correct any non-conformance, the portal may issue a temporary Certificate of Occupancy if allowed. The NYSED Office of Facilities Planning will also work with districts to grant additional time, as needed, to address any non-conformance found during the inspections.


BOCES Districts

Capital Region BOCES
Broome-Delaware-Tioga BOCES
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington BOCES (Champlain Valley Educational Services)
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES
Dutchess BOCES
Erie 1 BOCES
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES
Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES
Genesee-Livingston-Steuben-Wyoming BOCES (Genesee Valley Educational Partnership)
Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES
Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES
Madison-Oneida BOCES
Monroe 1 BOCES
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
Nassau BOCES
Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES
Ontario-Seneca-Yates-Cayuga-Wayne (Wayne-Finger Lakes) BOCES
Orange-Ulster BOCES
Orleans-Niagara BOCES
Oswego County BOCES (Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation – CiTi)
Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES
Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES
Rensselaer-Columbia-Greene BOCES (Questar III)
Rockland BOCES
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
Schuyler-Steuben-Chemung-Tioga-Allegany (Greater Southern Tier) BOCES
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Western Suffolk BOCES
Sullivan County BOCES
Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES
Ulster BOCES
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES
Southern Westchester BOCES


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Essex County
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Genesee County
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Hamilton County
Herkimer County
Jefferson County
Lewis County
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Madison County
Monroe County
Montgomery County
Nassau County
New York City
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Ontario County
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Oswego County
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Putnam County
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Seneca County
St. Lawrence County
Steuben County
Suffolk County
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Tioga County
Tompkins County
Ulster County
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Washington County
Wayne County
Westchester County
Wyoming County
Yates County