Some RCSD students in grades 7-12 will return to in-person learning Monday

Some RCSD students in grades 7-12 will return to in-person learning Monday

Updated: February 21, 2021 01:51 PM
Created: February 21, 2021 12:08 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Some Rochester City School District students in grades 7-12 will be heading back to school Monday for phase three of its reopening plan. 

According to a memo released by Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small last month, students in grades 7-12 will have the option of returning to in-person learning starting the week of Monday, Feb. 22. 

Students in grades 7-12 will be able to return to hybrid in-person learning for two out of five days. The other three days will be virtual using synchronous/asynchronous independent learning. 

Variations for secondary students who will attend in-person learning as part of phase three are as follows:

  • Students in K-8 buildings will attend on Monday and Tuesday
  • 7-12 Students in K–12 buildings (World of Inquiry No. 58) will attend on Thursday and Friday
  • Students in 7–12 buildings will attend in-person on Thursday and Friday
  • Students in a 7–8 stand-alone building (Franklin Lower, Monroe Lower, School 3, and Northwest Junior High School at Douglass) will attend on Thursday and Friday

On Saturday, Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small released a letter to parents and staff that provided several updates relating to the reopening and safety precautions that the district is following. 

On Feb. 8, approximately 4,150 Pre-K through 6th-grade students went back to in-person learning. From the beginning, the reopening plan has been a controversial one for the district. 

According to the president of the Rochester Teachers Association, 70% of teachers and parents say they don't want their kids to go back to school. A number of teachers have voiced concerns about bringing more students back to the classroom.

They wanted the hybrid learning for phases two and three to be postponed.

Copyright 2021 - WHEC-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company