Reopening Spring 2021 - Updates and Information

Updated 6/4/2021:

Please be advised of the attached letter sent from New York State Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky.

Letter_from_NYSDOH.pdf 

We are excited to learn that New York State will be lifting the mask mandate for schools and are awaiting confirmation of these updated guidelines without CDC changes. We will be working on confirming the current guidelines as well as obtaining updated information on additional current COVID protocols over the weekend and look forward to providing a finalized update before school resumes on Monday.

Below please find additional end of school year information:

The Brockport CSD 2020-2021 school year calendar lists Wednesday, June 23, 2021, as the last day for students and for report card distribution in grades UPK-8. Due to Wednesdays being full-remote days, the final in-person attendance and report card distribution date will be Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

In addition to this change, please see below for student laptop/ technology device return information and schedules:

  • Please ensure your student has completed all work and submitted prior to dropping off devices.
  • We are only collecting devices from the following grades: Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 5, 8 and 12.
  • MiFi Hotspots need to be returned during our scheduled device return dates below.
  • Details regarding device pick-up for students attending summer school will be sent out in early July.

 

Fully Remote Student Device Return Schedule

Students in current grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 5 and 8 will be required to leave devices in their classrooms.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021: 8 am - 7 pm

 

Thursday, June 24, 2021: 8 am - 7 pm

 

Friday, June 25, 2021: 8 am - 4 pm

 

Drop off all devices at Technical Training Center/CEPACS at Bay doors

Students in current grades 3, 4, 6, 7 & 9-11.

Students will keep their laptops over the summer unless they are leaving the district.

Students currently in grade 12.

June 18th devices dropped off prior to Graduation Walk.

 

In-Person Student Device Return Schedule

Students in current grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 5 and 8 will be required to leave devices in their classrooms.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Students in current grades 3, 4, 6, 7 & 9-11.

Students will keep their laptops over the summer unless they are leaving the district.

Students currently in grade 12.

June 18th devices dropped off prior to Graduation Walk.

 



Updated 4/30/2021:

Dear Brockport Families,

Our PreK- grade 5 students have just completed their successful second week back on campus for in-person learning four days a week! The energy in our elementary schools and the excitement from students and staff have been wonderful to experience. I thank our teachers, administrators, support staff, and Board of Education, along with transportation, food service, operations and maintenance, and information technology teams who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen. I also thank our students and families for their continued support!

Below please find important updates:

OMS Return to School

As you know, Monroe County superintendents have been meeting weekly with Monroe County Department of Public Health (MCDOPH) officials. At this week’s meeting, MCDOPH officials further defined the recent NYSDOH and CDC cohort guidelines to include middle school teams. In addition to the meeting information and resulting discussion, I also personally contacted MCDOPH and re-examined specific details regarding our middle school to ensure their continued support for a safe return. As such, we are now cleared to safely return our middle school students to 4 days per week of in-person instruction.

While the end of the year is coming quickly, I am thrilled that our students can finish their school year in a more typical setting. Our Oliver Middle School students (grades 6-8) will begin this updated schedule on Monday, May 10, 2021.

  • Those OMS families who opted for remote learning will be able to continue in that model until the end of the school year. If families would like to confirm their choice or make a change, please call the main office at 637-1860 by next Friday, May 7. 
  • All OMS students currently receiving busing under the two-day schedule will continue receiving busing unless changes are necessary. For students who need busing but have not had it this year or a change is needed, please contact Transportation by Wednesday, May 5 at 637-1880 or busrouting@bcs1.org

Although we have the results of the April 14th survey, we will be sending OMS families a survey to provide an opportunity for input early next week. Mr. Roberts will follow up with additional student return information.

Thank you for your continued patience, flexibility and dedication!

High School update

Unfortunately, given the continued high transmission rates in Monroe County and the degree to which high school students must move around the building for classes, we are unable to increase in-person instruction days for our students in grades 9 through 12. They will remain in their current instructional model at this time.

CDC/Masking Requirements

While the CDC has recently released new mask guidelines and the Governor has tweeted that NYS will adopt them, masks will continue to be required on our campus, in our buildings, on buses and at all school related events.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Monroe County has established a Community Vaccination Task Force, and they are looking to create vaccination sites throughout the county to assist those looking to become vaccinated. We expect to be chosen as a satellite vaccination site. I will update you as soon as more information about this becomes available. Currently, individuals ages 16 and over are eligible to receive the vaccine. For more information: https://www.monroecounty.gov/health-covid19-vaccine

Focus Budget edition

Our May budget edition of Focus will be delivered to district homes this weekend. The newsletter is filled with exciting district highlights and updates, awards presented and upcoming events. The provides an in-depth overview of our 2021-22 proposed budget, bus proposition, capital reserve funds and board candidates. I encourage you review this important information and see our website for additional budget facts: www.bcs1.org/budget . Our budget vote takes place in-person this year on Tuesday, May 18.     

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sean Bruno, Superintendent of Schools


Update 4/13/2021:

Brockport families,

I realize you may be wondering about our next steps given the updated NYS Department of Health guidance. As the guidance indicates, we can continue to bring back our PreK-5 students four days a week on Monday, April 19 as planned. While I am hopeful our most recent plans of bringing all students back will still be possible, the community transmission rate outlined in the new guidance currently prohibits decreased spacing. At this time, current guidance prevents secondary students (grades 6-12) from returning 4 days a week. 

The new guidance establishes our county health department as the guideline enforcement agency. I will be meeting with Dr. Mendoza today in hopes that we have some flexibility to safely move forward for all students, including grades 6-12 at some point soon. I will share detailed information and provide an opportunity for feedback tomorrow.

This is frustrating for all of us. I thank you for your flexibility, patience and support as we work to do our best for our students. While it is important to get back to school as we know it, it is also important that we continue to have a thoughtful process with safety at the forefront.   

Sincerely,
Sean C. Bruno
Superintendent of Schools



Update 4/6/2021:

Brockport families,

As the final marking period of the school year quickly approaches, I would like to acknowledge how far we have come and outline the remainder of our academic year.

At the beginning of this school year, we were faced with many seemingly insurmountable challenges. Through determination, hard work and a strong partnership with our families, we were able to safely return to school in cohorts, educate and engage our students and provide extracurricular/athletic activities. All of this was done in the middle of a world-wide pandemic, while juggling the challenges each of us faced in our personal lives. There are no words to adequately express how impressed I am by the perseverance of our students, families, staff and district. 

As educators, we are acutely aware that in-person learning is the “Gold Standard.” Increasing in-person learning, even with 10 weeks left in our current school year, is the right thing to do for our students. Conquering this one final hurdle would not only end our school year on the strongest note possible, but also sets us up for success in the fall.

As you know, the CDC recently updated their pandemic safety protocols. While it can be enticing to create plans based on speculation that the NYS Department of Health (our governing agency) will adopt the CDC’s three-foot distancing protocols, we have opted to create a plan that aligns with current executive orders. Intentionally violating an executive order places our district’s legal and insurance coverage in jeopardy.

The only way to increase in-person student learning under the current NYSDOH protocols is to install barriers on every desk and cafeteria table. As you may recall, we were unable to obtain barriers at the beginning of the school year. While it was possible to get the barriers later in the school year, it would have been unwise to increase in-person density during the extraordinary positivity rate increases from November to February. We are now at a point where we can safely increase in-person learning by installing barriers. Therefore, we plan to install barriers and the furniture needed to accomplish this goal in the coming weeks. To help cover this cost, we are working with our county, state and federal governments.

If everything goes as planned, on Monday, April 19, all in-person students, pre-K through 12, will be able to return to school four days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will continue to be used for student learning, extra assistance for fully remote students and support/professional development for staff. We will monitor safety protocols for a minimum of two weeks before making additional changes.

Four-day schedule:

  • Our teachers will continue to provide asynchronous and synchronous learning for remote and in-person students through options such as screen sharing, cameras and pre-recorded instructional videos.
  • All students will continue to follow their schedules and their teachers’ expectations. Full-remote students must have their cameras turned on when attending synchronous learning classes.
  • To ensure that we are prepared for the fall, we will use portions of Wednesdays for consistent, professional staff development.

To ensure continued safety for all, it is critical that we rededicate our commitment to the current safety protocols.

  • Everyone must continue to gain approval to enter campus through our daily health screening.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, everyone must properly wear an approved mask, except when eating or during prescheduled mask breaks. Mask wearing is a safety issue, and refusal to wear a mask will result in exclusion from our campus.

Thank you to those who completed the Return to School survey in March. If you did not complete this survey to select whether your child will return to in-person learning for four days a week or remain home for fully remote learning, please contact your child’s school office by Friday, April 9. If you completed the survey but need to make changes, please contact your child’s school office by Friday, April 9.

Again, thank you for your patience, support and partnership. I am excited to bring more of our students back to campus. Overcoming this final obstacle, not only ends our current school year on the strongest note possible, but also sets us up for success in the fall.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal.

Sincerely,
Sean C. Bruno
Superintendent of Schools

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