RCSD superintendent: Students in grades 7-12 not returning to fully in-person learning | WHEC.com

RCSD superintendent: Students in grades 7-12 not returning to fully in-person learning

Updated: December 18, 2020 05:18 PM
Created: December 18, 2020 01:30 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester City School District Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small provided an update on the district's reopening plan on Friday.

Watch her full announcement in the player below:

In November, Myers-Small unveiled steps two and three of the reopening plan to get students back in school in a hybrid learning model. She announced phase one in October, with students in specialized programs being allowed to go back to school for hybrid learning on Jan. 4.

Friday she announced the start date for phase one would be moved back to Jan. 5.

It will feature both in-person classes and a hybrid learning model four days a week. About 325 students who attend specialized programs are in this phase.

Phase two will begin on Feb. 8, when students in Pre-K through 6th grade begin hybrid at their home school, with students in grades 7 through 12 remaining at home.

Two days will be completely in-person and two days will be remote. Wednesdays will be completely asynchronous.

Phase three will also happen in the third quarter, with students in grades 7-12 switching to a hybrid model at their home school. The third quarter will begin in February, but a specific date has not been set yet.

It will be broken into two parts, with some students remaining in remote learning, and some students having the opportunity to get in-person support in learning pods—small groups of students with similar needs. All students are eligible to join a learning pod to get help from teachers.

Because almost three-quarters of parents of seventh through twelfth graders said they supported fully-remote learning, they won't be going back to in-person learning.

Overall, she says she's looking forward to the first day she'll be able to meet her students face-to-face.

"Parents need to know that we are very excited to welcome back those students who have chosen the hybrid model," Myers-Small said. "We're looking forward to seeing them come back, and I'm excited on Jan. 5 to welcome some students back to the district, and looking forward to finally meeting my students in person."

She announced that parents will receive a back to school guide that also allows them to provide consent for their children to be tested for COVID-19.

Myers-Small also showed the results of the district's reopening plan survey. Districtwide, 70% of parents said they supported the fully remote model, and only 30% said they supported the hybrid model.

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