On Friday night we received guidance from the New York State Department of Health to reopen schools to more in-person instruction. The guidance allows for K-5 students to be in the classroom at 3 feet of physical distance because they are cohorted. Students in this model learn in a self-contained environment, which is a factor when reducing physical distancing. In East Irondequoit, this will have little if any impact on our elementary schools as we have been fully in-person, 5 days a week since the fall. The four elementary principals will follow up with any additional information related to the change in guidance this week. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your student(s)’s principal with any questions.
Our 6-12 students are still scheduled to fully return this quarter. However, the date of return for our secondary students depends on the local rate of infection. Both the CDC and New York State guidance does not allow for a change from 6 to 3 feet if an area/region is considered in the “Red Zone”. Today, in Monroe County, we have a 3.0% infection rate for COVID-19. Based on the metric in determining this rate, we must be lower than 100 new cases daily. Due to this high rate, we are unable to bring secondary students back at this time. The high school and middle school leadership will provide additional information to families this week.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 infection rates and work closely with our local Department of Health in order to return more students to in-person instruction at our secondary levels.