Updates on School Closings and Information Related to COVID-19

Updated March 28, 2020:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the mandatory closing of all NYS schools until April 15, 2020. As a result of this order, all Western Suffolk BOCES special education schools and programs and all Wilson Tech Campuses will be closed to until April 15, 2020.

On this page, Western Suffolk BOCES will continue to update parents, students and staff about COVID-19 and the outbreak of this coronavirus. Please click the links below to review updates that have been shared with our Western Suffolk BOCES and Wilson Tech communities.

STAFF UPDATE March 26, 2020

STAFF UPDATE March 22, 2020

STAFF UPDATE March 20, 2020

The following updates previous direction: Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, all Western Suffolk BOCES employees are NOT to report to work unless directly contacted by their supervisor. This directive extends through the school closing period.

UPDATE MARCH 18, 2020:

Packets of instructional material are being mailed. This material is intended to support students through the extended school closure.

Breakfast and lunch will be available to all families from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the school closing period. Meals can be picked up at these locations:

  • JEA Elementary  School, 762 Deer Park Avenue, Dix Hills
  • JEA Alternative School, 31 Lee Avenue, Wheatley Heights
  • JEA JR/SR High School, 35 Carman Road, Dix Hills
  • Brennan Middle/High School, 550 Mount Avenue, North Babylon
  • Manor Plains High School, 200 Little Plains Road, Huntington
  • Wilson Tech Alternative High School Program, 17 Westminster Avenue, Dix Hills

STAFF UPDATE March 17, 202

During the school closing period ordered by NYS Governor Cuomo, some school employees who are not contracted and not salaried and have been instructed NOT to report to work may be eligible for immediate unemployment benefits. Only the New York State Department of Labor can determine if an employee is eligible. For information, contact the Department of Labor at 1-888-209-8124 or visit the website at labor.ny.gov.

STAFF UPDATE March 16, 2020:

Beginning tomorrow, March 17, members of Units 1, 7 and 9 should NOT report to work through March 27.

Employees in Units 4 and 6 will be notified tonight of their upcoming work schedule during the school closing period.

Units 2 and 5 employees should report to work according to their regular schedule and will be notified tomorrow as to their work schedules during the remainder of this school closing period.

Unit 12 paraprofessionals and all hourly aides and non-contracted employees are NOT to report during this two-week closing period.

COVID-19 Update 3 – March 12, 2020

COVID-19 Updated 2 – March 5, 2020

Coronavirus Parent Letter – February 5, 2020