Rochester City School District
Media Advisory
December 9, 2020
Editor Contact:
Marisol Ramos-Lopez
585.455.2844 (m)
Parent Response Needed for Reopening of Schools By This Friday
The Rochester City School District is extending the deadline for the parent survey regarding a return to in-person learning. This deadline has been extended until Friday, December 11 and the District needs all parents to respond. 

Schools have been contacting families about their preferred choice – either the hybrid model with two days of in-person instruction, or to remain fully remote. If families do not respond by Friday, December 11, students will continue to learn remotely for the rest of the school year. 

If parents have not heard from their child’s school, they should contact the school and update their contact information.  As of today, 85 percent of the District’s elementary and 69 percent of the District’s secondary student populations have responded to this survey. 

The District has reached out to its families through phone calls, e-mails, and its social media accounts. Teachers have also been sending forms to parents and schools have been posting the information in Seesaw and Google Classroom - the learning platforms that students have been using while learning remotely. 

This survey also mentions information from the State of New York about COVID testing and parent consent is required. As of today, most schools within the Rochester City School District are in an “orange zone” designation. Within that designation, schools are required to test 20% of in-person students and staff for COVID-19 each month. Parents with students in Specialized Programs who are returning to school in January will receive a back-to-school guide that includes a COVID-19 testing consent form. Students whose parents do not consent to testing can still attend in-person learning. If the District cannot reach the requirement to test 20% of in-person students and staff for COVID-19 each month in an orange zone designation, that school would have to close.

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