From the Superintendent
West Irondequoit CSD update from Aaron Johnson
September 17, 2021
As I sit here writing my message, I smile, listening to the laughter and joy of children playing outside my office window. Hearing that keeps it all in perspective and makes me feel good about the road we've traveled together. We will continue to confront obstacles throughout the year, but I'm confident we will keep students safe, and classrooms open thanks to our combined effort. Thank you again for making the well-being of our children the priority.
This week, your child(ren) may have suffered a disruption to their school-provided transportation. For that, we apologize. As I'm sure you're well aware, all schools are suffering from a national bus driver shortage. Thanks to the sharp minds of our transportation department, led by supervisor, Ms. Mary Jo Nugent, we've rerouted, consolidated and reworked to fill most gaps, but fell short in two circumstances. We're doing our best on a daily basis, but we want you to know because we think this issue may linger. To help, I have attached a letter below that outlines our actions to maintain the integrity of our bus runs, along with a LINK to a helpful checklist. It appears on the Transportation section of our website. These are things to know if your child's bus is canceled as a last resort. Cancellations are mainly due to last-minute, unforeseen driver absences.
There is a new TikTok craze that you must be made aware of. As a result, IHS and Dake are suffering from ongoing random vandalism of student bathrooms. This craze involves ripping fixtures from walls, removing toilet seats and stealing other items. It saddens me because the majority of our students treat our facilities with the respect they deserve. IHS and Dake parents/guardians: I implore you to talk with your children, stress the importance of mutual respect, and please encourage them to report what they see or hear regarding this or any other safety concern. You, your children or anyone may do so anonymously through our SAFE SCHOOL HOTLINE.
VOLUNTARY COVID-19 STUDENT SCREEN TESTING
On Sept. 2, the NYSDOH Health Commissioner issued a determination directing schools to “offer screening testing to unvaccinated students on a weekly basis in geographic areas identified by the CDC as having moderate, substantial, or high transmission rates.” Currently, Monroe County falls into these criteria. We are actively preparing to initiate screen testing beginning on or about Monday, Oct. 4. Screen testing was previously known as surveillance testing, which includes using a shallow nostril COVID-19 rapid test kit. If you are interested in having your child(ren) included in this screen testing, please complete this linked SURVEY. For families with multiple students, you must complete the survey separately for each child.
“FLU IMMUNIZATION FAMILY NIGHT” NEXT WEDNESDAY
Our annual “Flu Immunization Family Night” for flu shots is next Wednesday, Sept. 22 in the Irondequoit HS Large Cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. No appointment is necessary, but families can schedule one if they’d like by calling 800-869-2496 during business hours. All vaccinations will be administered by a Registered Nurse. Children must be age 4 or older. Questions? Call 716-805-1020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your insurance card. Most plans are accepted as payment (Aetna, BC/BS, Cigna, Excellus, IHA, Medicare, MVP, Univera, etc.)
NEW FACULTY, STUDENT REPS & MORE!
In addition to the usual business at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, we also:
- Celebrated new Full-Time Probationary Faculty (see picture below)
- Welcomed new IHS Student Representatives to the Board of Education
- Received the “official” check for $58,225 in grants from the West Irondequoit Foundation
You can watch a replay of the video at THIS LINK.
Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D
Superintendent of Schools