RCSD bringing some students in grades 7-12 back for in-person classes in February

Updated: January 12, 2021 11:15 PM
Created: January 12, 2021 05:38 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester City School District students in grades 7 through 12 will be able to return to the classroom for in-person instruction starting on Monday, Feb. 22 if their families want them to.

The RCSD initially announced that students in grades 7 through 12 would not be returning to in-person classes because only one-quarter of parents said that they wanted their students to return to class.

The district reversed the decision in late December, saying it would come up with a plan so that the students in grades 7 through 12 could learn in-person.

The families who chose to return to in-person learning will be able to send their students to in-person classes two days per week. The other three days will use virtual instruction, with Wednesdays being asynchronous.

Students in K-8 buildings will attend school in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students in 7-12 buildings will attend school in-person on Thursdays and Fridays. Students in a 7-8 standalone building will also attend school in-person on Thursdays and Fridays.

All pre-K through 6th-grade students will start hybrid learning on Monday, Feb. 8

Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small says the district is working on a plan for families who want to switch to hybrid learning.

"The issue is that we've got to make sure that we, because transportation is the major complication here as far as scheduling, you've got to figure out as far as the folks who said they wanted to come are still going to come, because some of those numbers certainly have changed," Myers-Small said.

There are about 4,400 pre-k through 6th-grade students and 2,900 7th through 12th-grade students planning on returning as of Tuesday night, according to Myers-Small.

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