Weekly COVID-19 Update from Supt. Johnson

Final Weekly COVID-19 Update from Supt. Johnson
Posted on 06/18/2021

Dear Families,

Today marks our final "COVID-19 Weekly Update" for the school year. As we step back and reflect, I hope you feel a sense of fulfillment and pride in everything we accomplished. By “we” I mean our school and community. Together, we proved there is no "I" in team and that it truly does take a village to raise our children. I am thankful for the strength of our community and the kinship we share.

Planning and preparation are again the name of the game for the summer. Although we have not received official guidance for the fall, we expect reduced distancing and modified masking protocols to become the baseline. Given this foundation, we optimistically expect a return to full, in-person learning when we welcome students back in September. It is hard to predict if masks will be required indoors for schools, but based on the trends, we are hopeful this will be relaxed. Expect more communication from us this summer as we learn more.

Finally, just a reminder: Our schools were allocated an additional $8.5 million outside our annual budget in federal COVID-19 related stimulus funds. These relief funds cannot be used to augment our budget and cannot directly impact our local tax levy. Instead, we must spend it on pandemic needs such as summer learning, gap closure and social, emotional and mental health supports. The caveat: The funds dry up after three years forcing schools to be extremely careful to not create a fiscal cliff. At Thursday's Board of Education meeting, we reviewed the preliminary plan to add targeted staff to support many of these needs. Building input and student performance data were critical in informing these decisions and playing an essential role in the ongoing planning process. To view this presentation, please click THIS LINK.

Thank you again for making this year a tremendous success, and special thanks to the tireless efforts of our fantastic staff. I wish you all the very best for a healthy, safe, and fun summer!

GRADUATION AND END-OF-YEAR EVENTS

Earlier this week, the governor announced more modifications to COVID-related guidance for PreK-12 schools, graduation and other end-of-year events. The complete guidance can be accessed HERE. This is good news for schools holding indoor graduations in large-scale venues with a seating capacity under 5,000 people. For those over 5,000, the previous COVID guidance remains in effect. We are currently working with RIT to understand how its Fieldhouse capacity is classified and what impact this latest update will have on next Saturday's event at 10 a.m. on June 26th. Expect clarification from us very early next week.

2021-22 DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

On July 1 we officially begin the new school year under our newly redefined organizational structure, thanks to our curriculum and instructional functional review. Step one of executing this review was to restructure some administrative leadership positions across the district to create two assistant superintendent positions, redefined director of instruction roles and redistribute our curriculum supervisors to add administrative and teacher leaders at every building. The new organizational chart posted to our district website outlines these changes and demonstrates the lines of supervision and collaboration for each. Please take a moment to review this. If you have any questions, contact me directly or ask your building principal. We have more work to accomplish related to the recommendations about job descriptions, evaluation structures, and some teacher leadership positions from the functional review. This work will continue into next year. 

COVID-19 CASE UPDATE

Since our last communication a week ago on June 11, the Monroe County Department of Public Health has reported NO NEW CASES in our District.

Finally, to our fathers and those who fill that role for others, we wish you the very best. Happy Father’s Day!


With gratitude,

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Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D

Superintendent of Schools