From the Superintendent
West Irondequoit CSD update from Aaron Johnson
September 24, 2021
Next week we will close the first month of the 2021-22 school year, so thanks to you for keeping it all rolling! Watching students and families enjoy the whole experience of school along with many of our fall events in a "normal" fashion does the heart good. It isn't business as usual. Instead, we've emerged with an improved understanding of social-emotional wellness and an improved instructional toolbox that has enhanced an already high-performing institution. We’re embracing culturally responsive practices and going even deeper with community building. Thank you to our fantastic staff for demonstrating the true essence of a growth mindset and always striving to do their very best for every child. And thank YOU, parents and guardians, for remaining engaged and supportive of our schools. Our thorough approach to reopening schools, including the required universal indoor masking and 6 feet of physical distance during meals, has minimized risk.
As local COVID-19 positive cases increase, continue to reinforce the importance of masking in crowded spaces indoors or outside, when in mixed groups. Now is the time to double down to ensure we protect the health and education of our children.
COVID CASES NUMBERS
Earlier this month we directed staff and families to visit the NYS COVID Report Card to view a building-by-building breakdown of current COVID-19 cases in our district. Unfortunately, we have learned that the site hasn’t been functional for more than a week. The state says it will be operational again by next Monday, Sept. 27 – at the latest. If that does not happen, we will resume reporting the case numbers again to you directly next Friday. This month across our district we've had 25 student cases and two staff members, or .062% of our school community (approximately 4,300 people).
On Friday evening, all 10 West Irondequoit school websites and the District site are scheduled to get a new look. Functionality-wise, not much will be different. This is more of a reboot to provide a fresher look as we try to make our sites more visually appealing and user-friendly. Just like with our new use of Smore for communication, please send feedback to Jeff DiVeronica and Pat Hartman in the Public Information office. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D
Superintendent of Schools