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July 10th Superintendent's Update

Greetings East Irondequoit Families

I hope that your summer has gotten off to a good start, even as we continue to deal with situations and circumstances we never could have imagined.

I just wanted to take a few minutes to update you on what has been taking place in the district since school ended last month.

Our leadership team along with many parents, school board members and teachers have been hard at work planning for numerous scenarios we could be dealing with for the 2020-2021 school year. I want to assure you, no matter what school might look like, the health and safety of our staff and students remains the top priority.

The first, and preferred model, would have all students back in the classroom.

There is also the possibility that some students will return to school, while some receive remote learning.

Finally, we must consider the chance that there will be no students back in school and that all instruction will be distance learning.

Obviously, these are three extremely different scenarios, and each present a wide range of challenges to deal with.  These include transportation, providing meals, cleaning buildings and classrooms and providing adequate and equitable instruction to all our students.

As we continue to work on how to deal with these solutions, we will continue to keep you updated. The district will be sending out a newsletter soon with more details about what is being done to create a safe and effective learning environment.

We want to thank all of you who responded to the recent survey we sent out.  Your responses are being taken into consideration during every step of this process.

As a reminder, if our buildings are open in the fall and your child will not be riding the bus, please fill out our transportation opt-out form. Due to the possible capacity limits and to improve route accuracy, it will be helpful to know this information in advance. If your needs change throughout the year, you may opt back in by emailing the transportation department at transportation@eastiron.monroe.edu. A link to the opt-out form is provided below.

On another note we are very excited to partner with the West Irondequoit School District and the Irondequoit Public Library in a community read of the book, Stamped; Racism, Antiracism and You. I encourage you to join us in reading the book and taking part in the community discussion which will be held on August 18th. There are a limited number of copies of the book available to EI families.   You can check out a copy at EI Middle School between the hours of 8am and 3pm.  There are also audio and print copies available at the Irondequoit Library.  To register to participate in the community discussion visit: http://www.irondequoitlibrary.org/stamped/

I hope that you all stay safe and healthy as the summer continues and that we can all be together soon.

We will get through this, and we will do everything in our power to make the upcoming school year a positive experience.

Thank you,

Mary Grow-Superintendent of Schools