August 6, 2021
Dear Rochester City School District Students and Families,
I hope you are having an enjoyable summer with family and friends. We have been busy working to make sure all of our students, families, and staff are prepared for a successful opening of schools in September, including the building of student schedules, preparing school buildings, organizing staffing, coordinating transportation routes, and more.
The first day of school is Wednesday, September 8, where we will return to in-person instruction five days a week. Only students who have applied and been approved for a medical exemption will receive remote instruction. Please join us for a family forum via Zoom on Saturday, August 21, from 10-11:30 a.m., where we will provide more details on the start of the 2021-2022 school year. The link to register is www.rcsdk12.org/forum.
This week, we learned that New York State will not be issuing guidance to govern the opening of schools next month. The RCSD is using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as the basis for preparation and planning. Our plan will include the following criteria:
- Require masks for ALL students and staff, vaccinated and unvaccinated, while indoors.
- Maximize spacing in classrooms, cafeterias, and other shared spaces.
- Utilize important layers of prevention, including screening testing, ventilation, handwashing, staying home when sick, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection.
- Families should screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to school each day, including daily temperature checks, as student temperature checks will no longer take place at school.
If you have not done so already, I encourage you to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible. COVID-19 vaccine appointments are readily available for those ages 12 and up through Monroe County vaccination sites. Visit www.monroecounty.gov/health-covid19 or call 585-753-5555 to schedule an appointment.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. I hope you enjoy a peaceful, safe, and happy summer, and we all look forward to seeing you in September!
Dr. Lesli C. Myers-Small
Superintendent of Schools