COVID update: Testing and your feedback

COVID-19 update on testing & seeking your feedback
Posted on 11/12/2020

Dear West Irondequoit Families and staff:

We know you all have questions about the state-mandated COVID-19 testing that area schools must start next week in order to stay open for in-person instruction. It’s our goal to keep you well-informed about this process. Keep in mind we are learning new details and adjusting daily, but please keep reading because just as we did before re-opening in September, we want your feedback.

  • Tell us your thoughts: We emailed all families today a link to access a “Thoughtexchange,” which is an anonymous way for you to share feedback/ideas and valuable tool for us to gather and quantify it. The deadline for this is 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16th.
  • Testing details: No student will be tested without parental/guardian consent. Very soon we’ll send a form that includes more details, including an “opt-out” of testing option. It also will have a choice to allow testing your child only when a parent/guardian is present.  
  • Tests en route: We expect to receive our allotment of Rapid Testing Kits by this weekend and plan to show you via video what that less invasive, nasal swab test looks like. We need 20% of our students/staff to undergo this starting next week.
  • Join us Monday: We will host a “Town Hall Meeting” via a Zoom Video Webinar at 6 PM Monday, Nov. 16. We’ll address your concerns received via the Thoughtexchange and share as much information as we can. Access that webinar via THIS LINK and by using the passcode: 595657. Can’t watch it live? We’ll post it on our YouTube channel for you to view at your convenience.

Indeed, there are once again a lot of moving parts, but this is what state officials say we must do to keep your children in classrooms. So, please give us your feedback and ideas. Please keep practicing all of the safety protocols we know can help drop the area’s infection rate below that 3% threshold again; more negative tests = the way to achieve that. And finally, please stay safe.

In partnership,

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Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D
Superintendent of Schools


UPDATE ON COVID CASE
We were informed today by the Monroe County Department of Public Health that an Irondequoit High School student has tested positive for COVID-19. This student has been in our Full-Remote Instruction model the entire school year and not on campus. Federal privacy laws prevent us from providing any more details or personally identifiable information. Questions or concerns? Please call the MCDPH’s hotline at 753-5555 or your healthcare provider.

COVID COMMUNICATION CHANGE

Starting Monday, Nov. 16th, we will limit our reporting of COVID-19 cases in our district to once a week – Wednesdays – to streamline the process. We understand the amount of communication you are receiving collectively from the district, principals and teachers can be overwhelming. We may make COVID-19 exceptions, as needed, but moving forward look for it on Wednesdays. Note: We will continue to share each case immediately with our staff. Students and staff will continue to be involved in contact tracing, as needed. Any communications regarding potential exposure will continue to happen directly through the Monroe County Department of Public Health and district.

Thank you again for your support and diligence in managing life for you and your children during what continue to be challenging times. We are in this together. Stay safe.