Students at Gates Chili schools head back to class

Students at Gates Chili schools head back to class Photo: News10NBC.

Emily Putnam
Updated: September 14, 2020 07:27 AM
Created: September 14, 2020 05:58 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Many districts are opting to go with a hybrid learning model this fall, and Gates Chili is one of them with students heading back to class Monday.

Students with last names “A” through “L” will learn in-person Mondays and Thursdays, with remote learning on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Students with last names “M” through “Z” will be in school Tuesdays and Fridays and participate in remote learning on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


The district believes it's a good option, especially if schools have to pivot back to distance learning, the hybrid model would help make that transition smoother.

“We’re ready for you, we’ve been preparing since March to bring everybody back,” Gates Chili Superintendent Christopher Dailey said. “We’re gonna get through this together and again, with our Spartan values, we’re gonna make sure that everything is done the right way, the first time.“

Following CDC guidelines, all students and staff will have to wear masks while inside the building but they will get mask breaks based on age and grade level.

Additionally, in accordance with guidelines released by the Monroe County Department of Health, bandanas, flannel masks, masks with valves and gaiters are not acceptable for school.

Students in the district will also have the opportunity for free meals through the Summer Food Service Program, which has been extended to Dec. 31 or until funding runs out. 

As for distance learning, there are about 3,800 students currently in the Gates Chili Central School District and roughly a quarter of them have decided to learn fully remotely to start the school year.

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