Reopening FAQ

                                              Frequently Asked Questions


1. Who do I contact with questions?

i. Please contact your child’s principal or counselor with any questions.

2. What if I want to keep my child at home?

i. Families will have the option for students to participate in either remote-learning or homeschooling.

ii. Families who choose the remote-learning model will have a curriculum and instruction provided by the district.

iii. Families who choose to homeschool will have their student unenrolled from the district.

iv. Any families with questions regarding remote learning or homeschooling options can contact the Executive Director for Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development, Sarah Callahan (sarah.callahan@erschools.org) with any additional questions.

3. How will entering/exiting the school safely be addressed?

i. Schedules have been adjusted to accommodate the arrival and dismissal of students.

ii. Teachers at the elementary level will meet cohorts outside grade level designated doors before bringing them inside and to their classrooms.

iii. At the high school level, multiple doors will be used for entry and dismissal.

iv. Students will be required to wear a mask when entering the building.

4. How will students remain socially-distanced throughout the day?

i. Students will be placed in instructional cohorts of up to 12 students.

ii. Each cohort will remain inside one classroom, with desks distanced from one another by at least 6 feet.

iii. Teachers will rotate between classes to cut down on the amount of foot traffic in hallways.

5. Can my child still come to school if a family member tests positive?

i. This is determined by the Monroe County Department of Health or the individuals’ health care provider and MUST be communicated to the school’s COVID-19 Coordinator at ercovid19director@erschools.org.

6. Will masks be required for students/staff? Will masks be provided by the district?

i. Yes. Students and staff will be required to wear masks whenever they are unable to maintain social distancing. This includes school buses, hallways and movement within classrooms.

ii. Masks may be removed while seated at a socially distanced desk inside a classroom, at the discretion of the teacher.
iii. Masks will be provided by the district, if one is needed.

7. What will the repercussions be if a student doesn’t wear their mask?

i. The Board of Education is drafting a policy regarding masks.

ii. The policy will state, “Students who refuse, or repeatedly fail, to wear a mask or face covering as set forth above shall be subject to disciplinary consequences under the District’s Code of Conduct. Repeated failure to comply with these protocols could lead to suspension of the student from school and/or from District transportation.”

iii. This policy will be addressed during the Board of Education meeting on August 18, 2020.

8. Are face masks required for visitors?

i. Yes, masks will be required.

9. Will wipes be available for every classroom? How often should touch surfaces be wiped down?

i. Yes, they will be available. There is currently no specific guidance from the state on how often surfaces should be wiped down.

10. If a student/staff member becomes infected, what happens next?

i. The district is notified by the Monroe County Health Department, who will direct the district as to how to address the situation.

11. Are teachers/staff required to be tested for COVID-19?

i. It is not mandated that everybody be tested.

ii. You can contact the Monroe County Department of Health for information about testing. Test sites can be found here.

12. Will schools close? If so, under what circumstances?

i. We are able to open school because the Finger Lakes region is currently in Stage 4 of the reopening process, with an infection rate under 5% over 14 days, using the 7-day average for the region. A state mandate from Governor Cuomo has set this as the model. Monroe County has an average of 1.1%.

13. Will there be a fall sports season? When will the season begin?

i. The fall sports season has been delayed, per guidance from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

ii. More information will be provided to families as the district receives additional guidance.

14. How will attendance be recorded-

i. There will be an attendance requirement this year, whether the student is learning remotely or in person.

15. How will the district address connectivity issues with the internet?

i. East Rochester Union Free School District will provide a Chromebook for every student in grades.

ii. Families who do not have accessibility to the internet for remote learning will reach out to their building principals and will be addressed on a case by case basis

16. Will a family be allowed to opt back into in-person instruction if they initially opt out?

i. Yes. If a student chooses to opt in-to the hybrid model after beginning the year as a remote learner, they will be able to.

ii. PreK-12 will be permitted to opt in for in-person learning at the end of each grading period.

iii. Families can reach out to their principals with any additional questions.

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