Community Update 9-4-20

Community Update 9-4-20

East Rochester families, 


Can you believe we are now less than one week away from the first day of school?  


ER teachers and staff were back in our building this week preparing for the upcoming school year. It was great to have everyone back on campus, learning new technology, embracing new social emotional learning techniques and getting their classrooms prepped for next week. It was clear to me, just how dedicated this ER school community is to providing your children with a high quality education regardless of the delivery method. I know everyone is eager to get back to connecting with and educating our amazing students. 


I want to assure you that the health and well-being of all our staff and students has been our top priority while developing these reopening plans and preparing for school to begin. Measures are in place to ensure we are aligned with recommendations from the New York State Department of Health and the Monroe County Health Department. We understand this has been an unsettling time for many of us and we want everybody in our ER school community to feel safe and supported as we embark on this journey together.


Many parents and returning students may notice more sections of courses, additional classrooms in certain academic areas and grade levels which resulted in teachers and staff members assignments being very different than in years past.  Our administrative team in collaboration with our school counselors were required to make numerous modifications to our normal master schedules to be in compliance with reopening guidelines from Albany.  There were dozens of challenging conflicts to resolve over the course of the past several months to establish a schedule that would meet the needs of our students.


As we begin the 2020-21 school year, I’d like to stress how important it is for our entire ER community to continue to do everything we can to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment within our schools. Information regarding our new health screening process was sent to family email accounts yesterday. The flyer that was shared in that email can be found on the homepage of our website. It is crucial that each person entering our building has completed their health screening and has been cleared to be here. If you have any questions regarding the health screening process, please reach out to our COVID-19 Coordinator, Jeff Onze, at ercovid19director@erschools.org


School nurses will be available for medication drop off on Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9 from 5-7 p.m. If you have doctor's orders, please bring those with you as well. If this time does not work for you, please contact the school nurses. Julie Colvin for secondary students can be reached at julie.colvin@erschools.org or (585)248-6372 and Kristine McCarthy for elementary students can be reached at kristine.mccarthy@erschools.org or (585)248-6317.


On August 31, 2020 the USDA issued a press release stating they are extending free meals until December 31, 2020 or until the funds appropriated by Congress are exhausted. Our interpretation is these meals will be free to students based on this press release. Congress may also appropriate more money to feed students past December 31, 2020. We will fully communicate any changes on our website.  In the event the free emergency meal program ends, we will transition back to the paid, free, and reduced status using meal applications. Families should apply for free or reduced meals using the application located on our website.


Guidelines from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), specific to each fall sport, are expected within the next few days. Once guidance is released, East Rochester, in accordance with Monroe and Wayne County leagues, will develop our potential roll out of fall sports. More information on our athletic plans will be sent to families in the near future.


I’d like to, again, thank our amazing community for everything you have done for ER students over the last five months and for being patient and understanding throughout this entire process. 


We look forward to working with our students beginning next week! 


Jim Haugh
Superintendent of Schools