COVID Update and Director for Student Services Named — Feb. 17, 2021
Dear Members of the Brighton School Community,
- Since our last update, there have been 8 new positive COVID cases as confirmed by Monroe County (4 at BHS, 3 at TCMS, and 1 at CRPS).
- All of the cases are in the hybrid program.
- 5 of the cases remain “open.”
- 17 additional members of the school community are in official quarantine as directed by the Monroe County Department of Public Health. Other individuals are self-isolating or quarantining at the request of their doctor, school personnel or of their own accord while awaiting additional contact tracing.
New CDC Guidance
We are carefully reviewing the most recent CDC guidance regarding “reopening” of schools and awaiting NYSDOH and MCDPH follow-ups to these recommendations. Essentially, the reopening that we have done and refer to as a hybrid program is what is recommended based on the guidance that has been provided. According to the CDC assessment of the infection rates in our state and the space limitations that we have, we are already doing exactly what they are recommending for schools throughout the nation. Again, we would like nothing more than to have more students in school for more time and to have greater access to vaccines for staff members. We will continue to advocate and adjust if we are able.
Director for Student Services
I am very excited to announce that Deanna Spagnola has been named the Director for Student Services following a full search and interview process. Deanna has been serving in this capacity as an Interim Director following the retirement of Carolyn Rabidoux last school year. Her service has been nothing short of exemplary throughout the year and in her previous roles in the District.
Deanna previously served as the District Assistant Director of Humanities and French Road Elementary School Assistant Principal. Before coming to Brighton, she served as the Coordinator of Special Education for the Greece Central School District after many years teaching at the elementary level. She received a B.S. in elementary and special education as well as American studies from Boston College, an M.S. in reading from Nazareth College, and an administrative certification from Canisius College. She and her husband, Mark, have three daughters.
Throughout the past year, Deanna lived up to her promise to cultivate and establish relationships with parents, staff, students, and community members while engaging in dialogue and gathering divergent viewpoints in order to meet the needs of all learners. She continued to give her best for each child, every day, every way.
We couldn’t be more excited for our students, families, staff, and school community at large. Deanna is a responsive, kind, thoughtful, respectful, and intelligent school leader. She is deeply committed to meeting the needs of each child and working collaboratively with all stakeholders. We, and most importantly our children, are very fortunate to be welcoming Deanna to this role for the long term.
Kevin McGowan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools