Community Update 10-30-20

Community Update 10-30-20
Posted on 10/30/2020

East Rochester Families, 

Can you believe it will be November when students return to school next week? 

As we head into the holiday season, I’d like to remind families of the ongoing travel restrictions put in place by Governor Cuomo and their potential impact on our instructional process at school. Currently, there are 41 states or territories on the travel advisory list.  Per the travel restrictions, any travel to these states will require a 14-day quarantine period upon return to New York. I’d like to ask families to consider these restrictions when finalizing travel plans this year, and exhibit caution during social situations as to prevent community spread. We all have a part to play to ensure there are no disruptions to the educational process. 

I would like to thank our school community for respecting the privacy of students and staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 throughout these first two months of school. This week the Monroe County Health Department adjusted the way they release information for cases within schools. The district will no longer be directly contacted by the health department for each new case. Instead, the health department will provide updated isolation and mandatory quarantine lists to schools via email twice daily. Moving forward, the district will continue to notify families of new cases that require quarantine and isolation within the district. Notifications will also be posted to the district’s website and individuals will be contacted if they need to isolate. The limited number of cases we have seen so far have been determined to have been contracted outside our school building. I credit that to the amazing work by our students and staff to maintain a safe and healthy environment in our schools. I am proud of the resiliency within this community. It is important to note, the department of health will continue to contact districts directly by phone if the contact tracing teams are concerned about a possible exposure to COVID-19 within a particular school.

Elementary BeesI want to share some guidance from the New York State Department of Health, ahead of Halloween tomorrow. There are plenty of ways to have fun this weekend, while remaining safe. Below are some photos of students and staff celebrating today! It was great to see our students dressed up in their costumes!! Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our schools safe for our students and staff.

MLA costumesElementary ClassSuperhero

As with every election, East Rochester Schools will be a polling site next Tuesday. The district has been working with the Monroe County Board of Elections and our construction firms to adapt the polling process this year, in order to adhere to the district’s COVID Reopening Plan. On Tuesday, members of the East Rochester community who submit their ballots at ERUFSD will be permitted to do so inside the Conference Room in the District Office. Individuals will have access to bathrooms located in the District Office but will not be permitted to enter the rest of the building. Voters, election workers and election observers are to have no interaction with students or staff inside our schools. If you plan to cast your vote at ERUFSD, please adhere to the social distancing requirements both inside the district office and on our sidewalks while waiting in line. Voters who plan to arrive between the hours of 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. or 1:45 and 3 p.m. will experience vehicle and pedestrian traffic delays. Please be patient as our crossing guards and security personnel work to safely allow our students to arrive and depart campus. 

Finally, as we near the end of the first marking period, remote students have been asked if they would like to opt back into the hybrid model of learning and return to our school buildings. We are thrilled that 42 students in grades PreK-12 have requested to return to in-person learning through the hybrid model. We are saddened that 17 have chosen to go from hybrid to fully remote learning. The district has been able to accommodate all requests, which will take effect on or about Monday, November 16. A new survey will be shared toward the end of the next marking period for any remote learners who would like to return for the third marking period. Decisions on changing learning models will be determined at that time, as space allows.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support. 


Jim Haugh

Superintendent of Schools