Good Question: Can you change your child’s school option?

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Here’s a Good Question about schools and kids splitting time at home and in the classroom to kick off the week.

For many families with children starting the new school year in the hybrid model, what happens if you don’t like it? Can you change your mind?

News10NBC’s Brennan Somers took a look at an example posted from a local district, West Irondequoit.

The district FAQ page states:

If I do not think the school is handling safety measures for the hybrid model, can I switch to remote without my child being penalized? If our initial choice is hybrid, can families opt-out to remote (and the reverse of that, too)? Families that begin the school year in the hybrid model can switch to full remote learning at any point through written notification to the building principal. For students who start in the full remote option, families must provide written notice prior to the close of the current 10-week marking period, so that we can assess groupings and space to support students shifting to in-person learning at the start of the next marking period. Specific notification deadlines and in-person start dates will be posted and communicated to families in that option. Some schedule adjustments may need to occur as students return to in-person learning to maintain section or group sizes. Students will not be penalized for moving from one learning option to another.

This is not the same everywhere.

In Webster, the district page states:

The commitment is for at least one semester. The district has to staff our in-person classes using 8-12 students per class; if we have a huge influx of remote learning students coming back to the classrooms, then we cannot adhere to physical distancing rules.

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