Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates
COVID Update — May 12, 2021
Dear Members of the Brighton School Community,
- Since our last update, there has been just 1 new positive COVID case as confirmed by Monroe County. This case is in the hybrid program at BHS.
- 5 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.
You may hear that a neighboring district is cohorting their middle school students and will be able to return fully for five days of in-person instruction. Please note that every district has different variables and schedule constraints. Unfortunately, our cross teaming and cross grade level scheduling will not allow for a cohort model this school year. This is not for a lack of trying though, as we’ve looked at every mathematical way of accomplishing this and it has been determined that the changes needed would be too disruptive at this point in the year. Once again, we are committed to opening in September for five days of in-person instruction and will plan schedules based on these new models and regulations as necessary.
We have continued to have 0 positive COVID test results for our in-school testing programs at FRES and CRPS.
The infection rate per 100,000 residents in Monroe County is currently 191.16 (Monroe County, NY COVID-19 Response arcgis.com). The infection rate is still too high for a full five-day return for grades 6-12 according to the guidance. It needs to be under 100. Next week, we will make a final decision for a 6-12 return this school year. Again, please keep in mind that the District has every intention to be in-session, in-person five days a week K-12 in September, if not before.
Brighton Central School District will be hosting a voluntary Monroe County Pop-up COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccination Clinic. We realize and respect that medical decisions are an individual’s choice with guidance limited to one’s physician. We are providing this voluntary opportunity for our employees, families, community members, and students (anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).
The vaccination clinic will be held at Brighton High School on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 3 to 8 p.m. The Monroe County Public Health Department will be administering the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on May 26 and scheduling the second dose for those who attend the May clinic. A second clinic will be held in the District for the administration of the second dose.
We anticipate that New York State residents 12 years of age and older will be eligible by then. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All individuals must provide identification upon arrival.
Both walk-ins and appointments are accepted. Appointments can be made online on the Monroe County website: https://www.monroecounty.gov/healthcalls/vac/form/brightonhsd1pfiqtrbn or by calling the Monroe County COVID-19 Hotline at (585) 753-5555.
After receiving the vaccination, individuals will receive their vaccination card and will be asked to remain on site for 15-30 minutes for monitoring.
PLEASE get vaccinated, keep masking, and keep distancing. Thank you for your patience and support.
Kevin McGowan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Questions and Concerns
If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher, counselor, assistant principal or principal or feel free to contact Superintendent Dr. Kevin McGowan.