District Updates

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    March 1, 2022

    Dear Rochester City School District Students, Families, and Staff,

    Governor Hochul announced Sunday that masking will be optional in New York schools beginning tomorrow. County Executive Bello and Dr. Mendoza endorsed the Governor’s decision and indicated that masking should be a family’s choice.                                        

    Per the Governor’s announcement, RCSD will transition to optional masking in our schools and buildings as of tomorrow, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The use of masks will become the individual choice of families and staff members. Please be advised that masks will be required in certain situations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At this time, we are still waiting for updated guidance from the New York State Department of Health regarding contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine.

    I recognize that individuals will react differently to this news, as this is a sensitive topic for many. It is important that we respect each other’s decisions and continue to provide a safe, welcoming environment for all our students and staff. I want to thank everyone who participated in our masking survey on February 14 - 17, and I appreciate your feedback. The results can be viewed here.

    Please be assured that ending the mask mandate does not change our daily practices related to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff. In addition, we will:

    • Continue to supply high-quality masks for those who want them.
    • Provide COVID-19 rapid test kits to anyone who requests them.
    • Continue to offer families the option for students to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing at their schools.
    • Continue to share the number of COVID-19 cases per school on the website.

    Getting vaccinated is an important step to help keep everyone safe. The District is partnering again with Monroe County to host three vaccination clinics for children ages 5 – 17. Please visit www.rcsdk12.org/clinics for more information, including links to schedule an appointment.

    I appreciate your continued patience, understanding, and cooperation, as we work through these changes together as one RCSD community.


    Dr. Lesli Myers-Small
    Superintendent of Schools


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