Introduction

  • On Monday, July 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York can follow plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September if COVID-19 infection rates stay at 5% or lower in each region. 

    Determinations will be made by region about opening and closing schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If a region is in Phase 4 and has a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average, schools in that region could hold in-person instruction. If daily infection rates exceed 9% over a seven-day average, however, schools in that region would not reopen. Similarly, should a region see such an average after reopening, schools in that region would also be directed to close.

    While districts have been instructed to prioritize efforts to return all students to in-person instruction, districts must also plan for remote/distance learning as well as a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and remote learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the remote learning model. As a parent/guardian, we recognize and honor you concerns about sending your child/children to school at this time. In the event where in-person instruction is not feasible for your child, we would like to offer your child the opportunity of enrolling in our RCSD Online Learning Platform. Please contact your child’s school as soon as possible if you require this instructional model.

    The plan outlined here is for the reopening of schools in the Rochester City School District (RCSD) for the 2020-21 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following schools:

    The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

    It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus, and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our schools.

    Mr. Michael Schmidt, Chief Operating Officer, will serve as the District’s COVID-19 Coordinator. Mr. Schmidt and the Operations Office will work closely with our local health department. The Operations Office will serve as a central contact for schools and stakeholders, families, staff and other school community members and will ensure the District is in compliance and following the best practices per State and federal guidelines. You can contact the RCSD Support Hotline by calling (585) 262-8700 or by visiting our District’s website.