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Latest Reopening Update from the Superintendent

August 7, 2020

 

Good Afternoon Lancer Families,

 

Per the Governor’s remarks today we have been given permission to reopen our schools this fall.  East Irondequoit is ready, but we need your help to finalize some of the details in our school reopening plans. Here is what we need your help with:

 

  1. Please create a Parent Portal Account in Infinite Campus.  Activation Keys were mailed on Wednesday along with directions to create an account.  Having a Parent Portal account will be critical in completing a daily health assessment of your student. 
  2. This evening our IT Department will be pushing out updates to all of our East Irondequoit devices. We need your help to initiate the update by shutting down your student’s device and then rebooting them.
  3. On Monday, August 10th through Friday, August 14th all of our Lancer families will need to complete a new survey in the parent portal asking you to make your final choice on whether your student will return to in-person learning on September 10th  (5 days at elementary and hybrid at secondary) or full-time remote learning. You can find the survey link in the announcement section of the portal.  Please take a moment to provide us with this information regardless if you have already made a selection in the past. 

 

I have received some questions regarding details of the Reopening Plans submitted to the New York State Department of Education. I will address those questions and invite you to submit additional questions in order to build clarity around the plan. The full plan can be accessed on our website, however, we have created a series of videos to help bring that plan to life. Please go to www.eastiron.org/reopeningvideos to learn about the details of the plan along with messages from our principals about what you and your child can expect this fall at their school building. If you have any questions specific to your student’s return to their school building, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school principal, assistant principal or school counselor.

 

Finally, I want to share that this fall, rather than mail a school district calendar to every household, we are placing the 2020-2021 monthly calendar on our website. The reason for this change is in large part due to the fluidity of the school calendar and the amount of unknowns moving into September. Currently, the Governor’s Executive Orders from last spring have prevented us from hosting events that bring large numbers of people together. That means we will not be able to host our typical fall Open Houses and welcome back events. Our principals have been working behind the scenes to find alternative ways to celebrate the return to school and they will be sharing those ideas and seeking input as we prepare to reopen. Having the ability to make changes to the annual calendar will make it a more reliable resource for our families. 

 

I hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy as we enjoy the last few weeks of the summer. On behalf of our Board of Education and our entire school community, we are excited to welcome all of our students back to school!

 

Mary E. Grow

Superintendent of Schools

East Irondequoit CSD