Despite RTA objection, RCSD releases hybrid reopening plan

Andrew Hyman
Created: July 31, 2020 05:16 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester City School District released its reopening plan Friday.

Under their hybrid model, students in grades five through 12 will continue distance learning and students in pre-k through fourth grade, and all grades in specialized programs will come in two days a week.

Students with disabilities in specialized programs will come in four days a week.

As it stands now, only a portion of students will be let back in a school like this.

The Rochester Teachers Association (RTA) President called that decision “a ticking time bomb” Thursday night when the RTA voted not to have in-person learning until Nov. 16.

While the district says it took those concerns into consideration, it’s moving forward.

News10NBC spoke to Tamika Jones, whose son is a high school junior and has asthma.

She told us she has mixed feelings about having her son be home for the time being.

While she is stressing health and safety, she still feels the classroom is the best place for learning, and having the kids home could make it difficult for working families like hers.

But, she says her family is ready to be flexible.

"If it protects him from being sick or getting sick, and if this plan is going to work, I'm all for it,” Jones said. “I mean, we'll make it work, we made it work this far, so we'll make it work."

As for the RTA, their vote was merely a message. It does not mean the district will have to adopt that plan.

News10NBC was told both the RTA president and the RCSD's superintendent plan to meet up sometime next week to talk.

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