Dear Students and Families of the Rochester City School District,
The District has submitted our reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year to the New York State Education Department (NYSED). RCSD’s plan details the physical opening of schools to students in grades Pre-K through four and virtual learning for students in grades five through 12. This plan is contingent upon Governor Cuomo’s final decision regarding school reopening, which is expected to come during the week of August 3 – 7, 2020.
The District will utilize a hybrid education model for students in PreK-4, K-6 special classes, and K-12 specialized programs, which will allow for proper social distancing in classrooms. Students in grades five through 12 will continue with distance learning at this time.
Understanding that some of you may have concerns about sending your child to school at this time, we are offering families the choice of a 100% remote learning option. We are asking that you indicate your preference – hybrid model or 100% remote learning – by contacting your child’s school no later than Friday, August 14. Individual schools will communicate more information about student schedules, attendance, and other school-specific information in August.
Details about our reopening will be shared in the weeks leading up to the first day of school for students on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Please check the District website at www.rcsdk12.org/reopens for regular updates throughout the summer and school year. Also, please make sure your contact information is current – phone, email, and mailing address – as the District will be communicating important updates via these channels.
District leaders have been working tirelessly to prepare for a safe return to school, with the health and safety of all students, staff, and school communities as our top priority. We need your support at home, as we work in partnership following the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control, NYSED, New York State, and Monroe County. Here are some important health and safety practices you can review at home prior to the start of school:
Until then, please continue to work with your children on how to wear a mask properly (cover the nose and mouth), wash their hands, and social distance – stay six feet apart because we all want to see you in September!
Lesli Myers-Small, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
The District 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.