Superintendent's Weekly Update
Dear East Irondequoit Families,
I hope that this note finds each of you doing well. It has been an emotional week in Rochester and throughout the country and I wanted to follow up my message on Sunday by including a few resources that the district has curated for you as parents and guardians to access. It is the goal of our district to assist you in supporting your student(s) as you process world events at home but please don’t hesitate to also reach out to your child’s principal, school counselor/social worker or school psychologist for additional support. I wish deeply that we were with your children right now to assist in processing their emotions, however, we are committed to supporting all our students if you choose to reach out.
Sesame Street Town Hall: Standing up to Racism
Talking to Your Children About Racism
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
*Additional resources can be found on our district webpage: https://www.eastiron.org/raceandjustice
Vote: I would like to take a minute to explain the confusion regarding the delivery of the absentee ballots for the 2020-2021 School Budget Vote and School Board Election. When the Governor issued his Executive Order in May, mandating that the school budget elections would be done by absentee ballot, we contracted with a vendor who promised the delivery of the paper ballot the week of May 25th; however, on the morning of Friday, May 29th we received an email from the vendor informing us that they were not able to meet our deadline due to a shortage of the required envelopes to mail the ballots. Our district clerk moved very quickly to secure an alternate printer who worked throughout the weekend to print ballots and finish the order so that ballots were in the mail by Monday afternoon. Please know that you can return your ballots via the postage paid envelope included with your ballot or you can drop your ballot off at 600 Pardee Road (District Office) in the designated drop box located at the main entrance. We apologize for the delay and hope that you understand that this was not our intention when securing a vendor for the absentee ballot process.
Device Information: I have included an attachment in this communication that you may have already received from your student’s principal regarding the device assigned to your student in the fall or when we closed in March. Please read the correspondence carefully as our goal is to have our students keep their devices throughout the summer to continue their engagement with educational resources. Specific directions depend on your child’s grade level.
Reopening of Schools: At the time of this writing, I have not received any guidance from the New York State Department of Education or the Governor’s office related to the possible reopening of our schools this fall. The district team has been meeting regularly to discuss multiple scenarios knowing that some of these scenarios will never come to fruition; however, it is better to over prepare, than to not prepare enough. I am hopeful that more information will be shared with all local school districts in the coming weeks, and I promise to share that information with all of you along with the plans we are making for the fall. I understand the frustration you as parents and guardians are feeling; we are feeling it too. All of us are excited to welcome our students back to school and are hopeful that this is the ultimate plan to prepare for in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Be well as we head into the final, full week of distance learning.