Reopening Plan Community Update 7-31-20

Reopening Plan Community Update 7-31-20

East Rochester Union Free families, 


I am pleased to inform you that the 2020 Reopening Plan for the East Rochester Union Free School District has been completed and submitted to the State. I am proud of the East Rochester team, who spent hours collaborating to develop what has become our final plan. The amount of work achieved in the timespan we were given is incredible. 


Some highlights from the ERUFSD plan include:


Cohorts: Students will be placed in instructional cohorts of up to 12 students. This will allow for social distancing (with desks spaced 6 feet apart) and contact tracing (groups will remain together in one classroom to cut down on social interaction). Teachers will rotate between classes to cut down on the amount of foot traffic in hallways.


Schedules: PreK-5 students will be in the building from 8:10 a.m. until 2:10 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will be a remote learning day. Additionally, students will engage in one fully virtual class. 

  • MLA students will be in the building from 9 a.m. until 2:10 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will be a remote learning day. Additionally, students will engage in one fully virtual class. This equates to a combined 5 hours and 10 minutes of instruction each day.
  • High School students will attend in-person instruction two days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and remote instruction three days a week. Half of the High School will fall into Group A and will attend in-person instruction on Mondays and Thursdays. Group B will attend in-person on Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will be a remote learning day for all high school students.
  • High School families should expect notification from the school by the end of the day on August 17 as to which in-person schedule they will follow (Group A or Group B).

More information on schedules can be found in the “Schedules” section of our reopening plan.


Screening: Families will be required to perform health screenings each day before students are admitted to campus. The district is working with a handful of software developers to determine the best option for families to submit their screening results each morning. More information will be sent as the district finalizes these plans.


Cleaning: The district is performing regular deep cleaning of the school building, as well as frequent sanitation of high-touch areas. Classrooms will also be supplied with wipes for cleaning throughout the day. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the building, including inside each classroom.


Masks: In accordance with the guidance issued by the Department of Health (DOH) and New York State Education Department (NYSED) for In-Person Instruction During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Board of Education is currently drafting a policy to be adopted before the beginning of the school year, addressing the use of masks. Students, staff and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering while on district transportation or on campus, whenever social distancing is not possible. Repercussions for violating mask protocols will be in line with the East Rochester Union Free School District Code of Conduct


In order to fully prepare our staff for the changes this year, the district has made the decision to use four professional development days ahead of the first day of instruction. The first day for students has been moved to Thursday, September 10. This adjustment is in line with date changes being made by other schools throughout the county.


To view the East Rochester Union Free School District Reopening Plan in its entirety, please visit the “Reopening Plan 2020” section on our website. Additionally, attached to this email you will find a “Reopening Plan 2020” FAQ page.




Thank you so much for your cooperation throughout this tedious process. We value the opinions of our families and our staff, and were able to use your feedback as we developed this plan. I’d like to stress, once again, that our reopening plan may change as the State makes decisions for districts throughout New York. 


Our top priority is and will always be the health and safety of our students and staff here at East Rochester. 


Thank you, 

Richard G. Stutzman
Interim Superintendent
East Rochester Union Free School District