From the Superintendent

West Irondequoit CSD update from Aaron Johnson

December 22, 2021

Dear Families,


At dismissal Thursday, holiday break is upon us and we made it thanks to a combined effort. Our staff has been tremendous at adapting to what each day brings and the complexities of providing adequate teaching and supervision. Due to illness, we are experiencing increased absences during a significantly more competitive job market where people are a short commodity. In short, it is the perfect storm. Because of this, we made the proactive decision last Friday to close rather than stretch an already paper-thin staff even further and risk a collapse. My apologies for the curveball. We are grateful for such a flexible and supportive community that continues to put our students' and staff's physical, mental and emotional needs first.


For the past two years, COVID has dominated the conversation. Yes, we've completed the monumental task of defining a five-year Strategic Plan in the past six months, and we've also made significant progress instructionally, thanks to a team effort. And now, we're advancing our safety and security measures. Recent events remind us of the gravity of the ongoing need to ensure the safety and security of our buildings and grounds. In the spring of 2020, we had a comprehensive 3rd party safety and security analysis planned, then COVID hit. Last week, we delivered a safety and security plan to include the postponed analysis and other vital items available HERE (slides 4-9).


I recently came across a quote about the happiness of the holidays being the joy we see in people, about discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values in life. As we prepare for a much-needed break, may you find great joy in people, and especially those you hold most dear. Thank you for the engagement, passion, and patience in making it through 2021 together.


Here's to the new year!


Happy Holidays,

Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D

Superintendent of Schools

TEST KIT DRIVE-THRU TODAY/THURSDAY

From 2-5 p.m. today and Thursday, Dec. 23 we will distribute free iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kits to West Irondequoit CSD families (one kit per each child in your household). Kits include two tests and have been provided to schools by the Monroe County Dept. of Public Health to encourage families over break to test their children immediately before gathering with people who do not live in your home. This will help limit the spread of COVID-19.


This will be a drive-thru pickup today & Thursday (see map below) at 154 Pinegrove Ave. Please bring identification and follow the schedule below based on your children's school:


  • TODAY: Colebrook, Listwood, Seneca, Iroquois, Dake
  • THURSDAY, Dec. 23: Briarwood, Brookview, Southlawn, Rogers, IHS


Please note: Kits are only available for students who attend our schools or are special education out-of-district placement. Those families may drive thru either day. If you don’t have transportation and want a kit, please email chuck_miller@westiron.monroe.edu ASAP. Questions? Contact Mr. Chuck Miller via his email or call (585) 336-6757.


Two helpful resources for you:

TOWN DISTRIBUTION OF KITS TONIGHT

Another resource available to you: The Town of Irondequoit is having a distribution for residents. Pickup is at the Irondequoit DPW building, 2629 E. Ridge Road, from 5-8 p.m. Proof of residency is required, and they are giving one kit per vehicle.

DEVICES HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Please know that we fully expect to return to school as scheduled on Monday, January 3rd. However, recognizing the recent rise in spread of COVID-19 and as a precaution, we are asking all students and staff to take their 1:1 devices home over break so we are prepared for remote learning if anything changes.

TEMPERATURE SCAN DISCONTINUATION

We are discontinuing scanning temperatures upon entry to schools. Instead, we'll re-allocate some staff to other locations during arrival to support building needs. Why now? We haven’t had any positive cases result from an elevated screening at entry doors and student pre-screening at home has been effective. Thank you for your continued cooperation!

JOB OPENINGS; PLEASE SHARE

We have many jobs available and need good people to help us to continue to offer a great education in a safe and welcoming environment. Please keep us in mind during your holiday conversations and point family or friends to our website to see current openings.



THANK YOU!

DISTRICT OFFICE HOURS/MAINTENANCE

Please note that District Office will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24th and the week of Dec. 27-31. In addition to the holidays, there will be some extensive building maintenance performed. Some staff members will be working but will be off site. Like classes, regular hours return on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. If you need to drop off any documents, our drop box is located to the left of the front doors. For assistance, you can always email the Public Information Office at public_info@westiron.monroe.edu.

CELEBRATIONS AND HIGHLIGHTS