Mary Cariola Center planning gradual reopening

Updated: July 30, 2020 11:14 PM
Created: July 28, 2020 09:37 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Mary Cariola Center plans to take a gradual approach to reopening. The school says it serves nearly 450 students with multiple disabilities.

It's been closed since March 13, but they have plans to get back to in-person support other the course of three phases.


Phase one would start on Sept. 9, and would have students come in the building for two days a week and learn remotely for three.

If everything goes according to plan, they could be completely in-person by November.

"We've learned a lot, we're ready to get kids back," Superintendent Christine Sheffer said. "Because the thing that we've known all along is it's better for our students to be in the building."

The students will be divided into three cohort groups: A, B and C.

The idea is to split class sizes in half to meet social distancing requirements.

The center says they will also accommodate students who want all-remote learning.

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