From the Superintendent

West Irondequoit CSD update from Aaron Johnson

MAY 2, 2022

Dear Families,


As shared in my last update, with the COVID-related communication tapering off, please plan for regular updates from me near the beginning of each month. May begins with a tribute to our mothers and caregivers. I once read that a mother or guardian's love endures through all. It has been a tough few years. Thank you to our mothers and guardians for being there for every step (Happy Mother's Day this Sunday)!


This week is Staff Appreciation Week. Throughout the year, our staff digs deep to pour itself into every child. The cheerful connections and personal care they give are genuine, and the students feel it. We are blessed to have the best. Please take a moment to pass along your feelings to them if you agree. In addition, the staff is being well cared for with treats throughout the week, thanks to our incredible PTSA.


Please see below for more shoutouts and updates, including an important one on reporting COVID cases. Spring is here and will quickly turn to summer. With it comes the return of most year-end events. We're excited to have them back in person to enjoy them together. See you there!


In partnership,

Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D

Superintendent of Schools

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CELEBRATE STUDENT SUCCESS!

We have a lot to celebrate across the district, including:



Click the links for more. Thanks to the community of its support. There is much more happening across our 10 schools. Congratulations to these individuals and everyone striving for peak performance!

NEW WAY TO REPORT COVID CASES

The case numbers of COVID-19 remain high. Monitoring symptoms and testing as needed is helping to safeguard the health in our schools. People are reporting and staying home to protect themselves and others. A new development: How to report results. The Monroe County Department of Public Health is no longer providing contact tracing. NYS had previously provided staffing for this, but that was removed.


Instead, families and staff must report cases directly to the school using THIS LINK. We also have a box on the home page of the District site with a link to report cases. Throughout the pandemic, our nurses have been nothing short of amazing. They remain here for support and guidance, don't hesitate to contact them for advice. You can still find district-wide case numbers on THIS PAGE.

JOIN US: FLAG RAISING CEREMONY WEDNESDAY

Finally, we are a district and community proud of our roots, especially our Indigenous roots, and they run deep. Thanks to the work of many, at 5 PM this Wednesday, May 4th we will dedicate a large, donated Haudenosaunee flag. The community is invited to please join us for a brief ceremony on at the IHS Stadium before the girls varsity lacrosse game. The flag honors Indigenous people, present and past. Across the district, we learn about Indigenous people, their culture, and their heritage. As personified by our district's Land Acknowledgement, Indigenous history is our history.


To learn more about this work, please read our special publication, "Honoring Irondequoit's Indigenous Roots," at this link. A copy of that will be mailed to residents later this month. We will offer another virtual Town Hall learning opportunity later this month on Tuesday, May 24, at 7 PM to hear from local Indigenous people during our next Community Connections. Please join us.

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DISTRICT VOTE IS MAY 17

We will post a video of tonight's WICPTSA Candidates' Night on our YouTube channel on Tuesday, and the annual Budget edition of The Quote is expected to be delivered to your mailboxes this week. Find other critical information on our District Vote page at THIS LINK.

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