government services blog

by Chris Riso

2022-2023 School Year

november 8

Important dates


NYS MST Grant Update - Year 4 (2020-2021): Last week I heard a rumor that checks for approved Year 4 MST Grant applications received by the August 1, 2021 deadline will be mailed out in December. Hopefully this is true!

NYS Health Care Worker Bonus (HWB) Program Deadline Extended to 11/30/22: NYSDOH became aware of several technical issues during the initial HWB submission periods for Vesting Periods 1 and 2 that impeded the ability of certain Qualified Employers to submit claims and will allow claims to be submitted through 11/30/22. Click here for more information.

COVID-19 Reporting: Last week NYSDOH released a webinar on COVID-19 reporting. The video confirmed that schools no longer have to submit a daily COVID report (Whew!) but that schools are expected to report some information to the County Department of Health. The NYSDOH stated that, “if a student or staff member tests at home and discloses a positive result to the school, the school should report the result to their LHD (Local Health Department)” and “if the school suspects that a student or staff member has COVID-19, the school should report the suspected case to their LHD.” You may want to reach out to your County Health Department to find out how they want you to report this information.

For schools in Erie County, I just talked with Olivia Humiston. She told me that schools can report positive cases they are made aware of by emailing her directly ( or calling the school line at 716-858-6525. She mentioned that in these emails/calls it would be helpful if you would provide the COVID-Positive Person’s Name and Date of Birth, Test date, and school name.

november 1

october 25

october 18 

october 10

october 4

september 27

september 20

september 13

september 6

august 30

August 23 

August 18

August 8

August 2, 2022


2021-2022 School Year