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RCSD Hosts Online Parent Forums to Discuss Reopening Plans


On Thursday, August 13, 2020, the Rochester City School District announced that all students will begin the school year in September under a remote learning model for the first ten weeks of school. 

The RCSD’s decision to utilize a 100 percent remote learning model was based on several factors, including an urban district the size of Rochester.  Most notably, the CDC has indicated there is increasing evidence that some racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

On Friday, August 7, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that levels of COVID-19 were low enough to open schools across New York State.  Governor Cuomo also asked all districts in New York to post specific remote learning, testing, and contact tracing plans online by Friday, August 14.

Rochester is one of the Big Five School Districts in the State of New York.  In his announcement, the Governor required those Districts to host five parent forums by August 21.   The RCSD will be conducting these meetings via You Tube, and the District encourages parents to visit its website for links to each live stream meeting.  Questions can only be submitted in advance or during the meeting by sending an e-mail to Questions will be answered in the order they are received to the extent time allows. 

Please visit for the latest information.  If parents cannot view any of the forums in real time, the meetings can be viewed on the District’s Facebook and YouTube pages after each live session. To see the presentation that is being given at each forum, please click here.  Para ver una versión en español de la presentación que se da en cada foro, haga clic aquí.