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The Fairport Central School District is working to create proper health and safety re-entry plans that adhere to New York State guidelines for reopening schools. This website will host reopening plan information, as well as news and updates related to the process. The District will primarily use phone, email and text message alerts as the main forms of communication with families, while this site will serve as the central site for all of the information.

New York State’s School Reopening Guidance

On July 13, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools in New York can reopen if the region is in Phase 4 and if the region’s daily COVID-19 infection rates remain at or below 5%, using a 7-day average after August 1, 2020.

Determinations will be made by region about opening and closing schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If a region is in Phase 4 and has a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average, schools in that region could hold in-person instruction. If daily infection rates exceed 9% over a seven-day average, however, schools in that region would not reopen. Similarly, should a region see such an average after reopening, schools in that region would also be directed to close.

While districts have been instructed to prioritize efforts to return all students to in-person instruction, the District is also planning for remote learning as well as a for a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and virtual learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the virtual learning model.

The plan outlined in this website is for the reopening of schools in the Fairport Central School District for the 2020-21 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following schools:

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and staff to feel comfortable and safe returning to school. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our schools.

Director of Student Services Deborah Miles will serve as the COVID-19 Coordinator for the District. The coordinator will work closely with the local health department and be the main contact upon identification of positive COVID-19 cases.