RCSD: some schools return Wednesday, others on January 18

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Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, the school district updated its list of schools that will open on Wednesday. The latest information is included in this tweet:

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester City School District is aiming to bring students back to the classroom.

The district went to remote learning on Jan. 6. Monday, schools were still online for classes. However, RCSD announced Monday afternoon that some schools will return as soon as Wednesday. Others aren’t set to come back until next Tuesday, Jan. 18.

More than 20 schools are targeting that Jan. 18 date. The others will just have to be online for one more day this week on Jan. 11.

Northeast College Preparatory High School joined the list of schools remaining in remote learning later Monday.

Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small said the schools that will have to wait until next week to return to the classroom is due to staffing shortages. The district wants to get all schools back in person by Jan. 18.

RCSD will continue to serve quick grab-and-go at select schools from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can click here to see locations.

The decision to go virtual was in response to rising COVID cases within the community.

“It’s constantly moving of pieces and we do have some teachers that are teaching outside of their certification and again I just want to uplift and applaud our principals for all the work that they’re doing to keep that to as much as a minimum disruption as possible,” Myers-Small said.

Because of staff absences, the remaining schools in the district will remain remote — with the goal to get them back in person next Tuesday.

“I’m going to again continue to review the data, the numbers, I will work with my team, notify the board and then we will make appropriate notifications but as soon as we can but we want to make the most informed decision that we possibly can,” Myers-Small said.

Myers-Small said they will follow the same plan as last week for those who are remote and students can log into google classroom or seesaw to get their work done.

“Really the guiding force is the fact that our scholars do need to be back in school. Their social, emotional needs certainly are critically important and really a guidepost for making this decision as a team,” Myers-Small said.

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