Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates

  • REOPENING UPDATE: The Guidance is In!

    K-5 Reopening for five days of in-person instruction on April 19

    6-12 Reopening for five days of in-person instruction on April 19 *pending a drop in the current rate of infection. Decision to be announced by April 14 at 6 p.m.

    Dear Members of the Brighton School Community,

    We have just received updated guidance from the New York State Department of Health. We are VERY excited to announce to you that their guidance will allow for K-5 students to return for five days of in-person instruction with 3 feet of social distancing (linked below).

    K-5 students are “cohorted” by the very nature of being in self-contained classrooms. This allows for K-5 students to return despite our region continuing to be in the CDC defined “red zone.” We will continue to review the updated guidance to ensure any additional measures prescribed are being strictly adhered to as they have been since reopening in September. The Wednesday COVID update will include additional reopening notes as needed. CRPS and FRES sent updated placement emails to all families this past week. Please contact your child’s school with any additional questions or concerns.

    We will be hosting a virtual town hall on Thursday at 7 p.m. to answer any questions you have and discuss any additional information. Look for a Zoom link in the COVID update on Wednesday.

    6-12 students are still scheduled to fully return on April 19. However, the current rate of infection according to the CDC tracker linked below, is approximately 185 per 100,000 residents, per day. The rate must be lower than 100 because 6-12 students are mixed for each class and cannot be “cohorted” or grouped like K-5 students. We will monitor the rate of infection and announce next steps by 6 p.m. on Wednesday April 14 in the COVID update.

    Thank you for your patience as we continue to do our very best to safely bring students back for as much in-person instruction as possible. We’re in it together and fortunate to learn and live in a community committed to keeping each other healthy.

    Pre-K_to_Grade_12_Schools_MasterGuidance.pdf (


    Kevin McGowan, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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