Community Update 7-24-20

East Rochester Union Free School District families, 

Our team at East Rochester has been reviewing guidance from the New York State Education Department and the Department of Health as we continue to develop our reopening plan for the upcoming school year. Throughout this process we have worked, and will continue to work, with school districts in our area to determine how we will educate students while keeping both our children and staff healthy and safe. We have also been working with ER faculty, staff and parents throughout the process. 

At this point, we are contemplating three possible reopening scenarios: in-person instruction, remote instruction, and a combination of the two. While reviewing the guidance, our team has decided the best course of action will be a hybrid model of learning, including in-person and virtual instruction.

Our planning will remain fluid and student-centered with equity and flexibility at its core in order to be prepared to shift between in-person, remote learning, and a hybrid model in a way that is least disruptive to students. 

As we continue to develop our plan we are involving various school and community stakeholders for input and feedback. Please understand there are still many logistics to consider as we continue to develop our plan to submit to the state by Friday, July 31. The district will continue to send letters to families as details within our reopening plan develop and there are updates to share.

I remind everyone, no final decision has been made if school buildings will reopen in September. The Governor stated schools can reopen if the region is in Phase IV and if its daily infection rate remains below 5 percent or lower using a 14-day average. Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9 percent, using a 7-day average. NYS will make the formula determination August 1-7.  It is also important to note, given the trending health data, as we move forward it is possible that we will be required by the Governor to move to a totally remote instructional model.

Unfortunately, the pandemic will prevent us from realizing all of our expectations for a typical school opening. The safety of our students, staff, families and community is our

top priority. Collectively, we will do our best to create plans that are as close to a typical school opening with safety as the top priority.

Thank you, 

Richard G. Stutzman

Interim Superintendent 

East Rochester Union Free School District