Superintendent Updates

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COVID 2022-23 Information


March. 30, 2023


Warmer weather and longer days let us know spring is upon us. A quick reminder, students K-12 do not have school tomorrow (Friday, March 31) for our Superintendent’s Conference Day when staff will participate in professional development.

Compliments to everyone involved in this Spring's Irondequoit High School musical, “Mamma Mia.” The talent and experience were unbelievable (see highlights)! What a way to cap Music in our Schools Month!

Congratulations also to our winter athletes and coaches on a season well played! Many students represented us at the state level, including a magical run by the varsity boys basketball team to the state championship game. You all made memories to last a lifetime. Lastly, our DECA business students continue to impress. We had 24 students compete at the state level and seven will be on the national stage next month in Orlando. Look below my message for more highlights that we should all feel proud of.

This note comes with some necessary gravity. The local threats and school violence in Nashville brought more heartache and worry for schools across the country. As the parent of a first-grader and Superintendent, my focus on school safety never wanes. Since joining the district, our new Director of Safety and Security, Christopher Shellard, has quickly made an impact. He is already deeply involved in our daily operations to develop relationships and understand our people and their needs. He has jumped on plans to ensure training and emergency preparedness. Due to the recent events, we have accelerated plans for functional exercises to practice unexpected crises. Most importantly, our staff is devoted to fostering connections within our school community to ensure every student knows they are valued and appreciated.

In our recent safety and security analysis, national consultant Don Shomette commended our focus on connecting and caring for all students. Additionally, Mr. Shomette highlighted the importance of classroom doors as a primary barrier. An essential element of our proposed Capital Project – learn more at our website (it will be on the ballot May 16th) – is improving these barriers with strategic door replacements and additional protective film in identified locations. The project also includes the construction of an enclosed, second-story bridge connecting Dake Jr. HS to IHS. It will allow students and staff to pass between buildings more safely and securely during the instructional day. A bridge was initially on a proposed Capital Project 20 years ago but had to be cut due to funding. We think now is the time to execute that plan.

The safety and security of our students and staff is always our No. 1 priority – yes, even ahead of instruction.


In my email, we attached resources to talk with your children about traumatic events. When we return to school after break, our staff is always available to support your children.

Later today, K-8 families will receive your April school newsletters via email (find them also on your school sites). IHS families will soon receive an update, too. It will include details from your Principal on protocols and preparedness drills that we do in case of an emergency. Please take a few minutes to read that, and do not hesitate to provide feedback to your school/building principal.


Enjoy Spring Recess!


In partnership,

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Aaron R. Johnson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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