(October 29, 2020) Rochester City School District Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small announced today that beginning January 4, 2021, Students with Disabilities in Specialized Programs in grades K – 12 will return to school buildings for four days of in-person learning. All other students will continue with remote learning at this time.
“We must continue to provide meaningful instruction during this pandemic. While we would love to bring all of our students back into school buildings, this is the smartest decision to ensure the health and safety of students, their families, and our staff,” said Myers-Small.
Families of Students with Disabilities in Specialized Programs in grades K - 12 will be contacted no later than November 6 to discuss parental preference – four days of in-person learning or remaining in the current remote learning model. This information from parents will help guide the District in finalizing logistics prior to the start of January 4, 2021.
This decision was made in close collaboration in school leaders, input from the entire community, the support of Monroe County health officials, and learning from the experiences of other districts in New York and across the country.
“Our goal of providing a high-quality learning experience has been a promise since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, and it remains at the forefront of our decision-making,” said Myers-Small.
The District continues to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases, testing capacity, and indication of community spread in the local area.