We hope that you are well. Thank you for responding to the surveys regarding mode of instruction for your children and need for transportation. A total of 21% of our students will be learning in the All-Remote program and 79% will be learning in the Hybrid program. We are now busy creating new schedules and classroom assignments for these models. We will be sending out course and schedule information to all K-12 families on Sept. 4 in preparation for the first day of school for all students on Sept. 10 (A-L Hybrid students attend in person and M-Z Hybrid students will receive instructions from their teachers regarding continuous/independent learning on this day).
We are working hard to provide everything we possibly can to all students, Remote or Hybrid. We are limited in our capacity, particularly when a class size gets so small that it would not be scheduled under normal scheduling circumstances. We simply won’t have enough staffing to offer all non-mandated courses remotely. Again, this is no different than when sections are reduced under normal circumstances because there aren’t enough students to run the course. We will do everything we can though to be flexible in those decisions and try to offer everything possible.
A good deal of discussion has taken place regarding districts throughout the state that have decided to begin the year in an all-remote format for all students. We have confirmed that under present circumstances, the New York State Department of Health and Monroe County Department of Public Health support reopening under the guidelines and regulations that they have provided. We have followed these guidelines to the letter of the law, so to speak, and not compromised on these directives. We are confident that we have planned for a safe reopening based on the guidance of those who know best, public health officials. We will not jeopardize health and safety and will continue to monitor this situation prior to opening and every day thereafter. I am not sure what will develop as the Governor and state continue their analysis. I can only speak to the variables within our control. To that end, I can assure you that we have done our part and more and we will continue to do so. We’ll be ready to go and are planning to be in school!
Finally, please click here for access to all of the pertinent plans and click here for specific information regarding testing, tracing and all-remote learning. Please click here for access to a recording of this week’s Virtual Town Hall.
Best wishes for continued good health and thank you for all of your support and partnership during this challenging period.
…every child, every day, every way
Kevin McGowan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools