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MOST RECENT UPDATES FROM WICSD

March 27, 2020: Options for home internet access 


March 25, 2020: Options for home internet access 

West Irondequoit is working to ensure internet connectivity for all students during our school closure. It has enhanced Wi-Fi access from four specific locations and its guest network is now open 24/7 instead of specific hours. Those locations (click for a map):

  1. Rogers/Southlawn’s south (teacher) parking lot
  2. Irondequoit High School’s southwest (teacher) parking lot and stadium area
  3. Listwood School’s north (teacher) parking lot
  4. Iroquois Middle School’s west (teacher) parking lot

Spectrum (844-488-8395) has offered local families with students lacking Wi-Fi access free installation and no billing on their basic plan for 60 days. Cancellation within 60 days results in no fees.

The Town of Irondequoit Public Library has ordered mobile hotspots to loan to Irondequoit students in need of access. The library hopes to receive these by mid-April. Once received, instructions on how to sign one out will be provided by the library.

Wi-Fi may also be accessed from the Irondequoit Public Library parking lot. Patrons are asked to be mindful of first responder services sharing that space.


 March 24, 2020: Infinite Campus Parent Portal Help

For parents/guardians who need to set up their Infinite Campus Parent Portal account, which is how you can email with teachers, please email the data team members below. In your email, include a copy of your driver’s license and any relevant contact information. This is necessary for identification purposes. If you have an existing account and are having issues signing in or questions and concerns, email the data team and they will respond promptly:

  • Grades K-6: Diane_Bretz@westiron.monroe.edu
  • Grades 7-8: Becky_DeVos@westiron.monroe.edu
  • Grades 9-12: Howard_Dutton@westiron.monroe.edu

IF YOU DON'T HAVE INTERNET AT HOME

We want to help ensure that all students have online access at home. If your family does NOT have Internet Access at home, please call our Tech Helpline at (585) 336-3113. Leave your name, your child’s name, their grade, their school and your phone number. We are working with community partners to help provide temporary online access at home. 

 March 23, 2020: Playgrounds closed

In collaboration with the Town of Irondequoit and the East Irondequoit schools, all playgrounds at West Irondequoit schools are closed until further notice. Our track and athletic fields remain open for individual use only (no group gatherings). All residents are cautioned to practice safe social distancing. We appreciate your cooperation. 


March 20, 2020: Superintendent Letter


Dear West Irondequoit Families:

I hope this update finds you healthy and well. As this crisis unfolds, the importance of community grows. It is impressive to watch Irondequoit and the greater Rochester area mobilize to meet the challenge. There is no roadmap, but together we will remain strong.

Knowing that our schools are closed through April 1, below is a list of critical updates regarding our plans. I will provide weekly updates similar to this on Fridays as needed. Our staff remains committed to welcoming, nurturing and inspiring your children to peak performance and is here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact our team or me with questions or needs.

Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D

Superintendent of Schools

REMINDER ABOUT SCHOOL/FACILITY ACCESS

The WICSD is closed to students and the community. Staff access to professional materials is scheduled through building administrators to manage the timing and social distancing. During this crisis, we recognize that safe access to outside facilities is important. Our stadium, fields and outside facilities will remain open for public use with the understanding that appropriate social distancing and personal hygiene are expected. This includes following the guidance of the New York State Department of Health to keep at least a 6 feet distance from others (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS/GUARDIANS

PARENT-PORTAL MESSAGES: During the duration of our closure teachers will reach out to students with information relative to class work and more. For that information, please monitor your Student/Parent Portal account and look under Messages. Click on each message to read the detail. Questions should be directed back to your child’s teacher.

DISTRICT INFORMATION: Please continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page on our district site. That is where you’ll find ALL critical information and documents in one spot. Our Facebook and Twitter feeds will take you there for the latest. Questions can always be directed to our Director of Public Information, Jeff DiVeronica, who monitors feedback. Our CORONAVIRUS CLOSURE PAGE. Link: bit.ly/COVID_WICSD

HOME LEARNING TOOLS

Our staff has been busy working on the best ways to offer home-learning options during this closure. Communication will be ongoing, please check your email and make sure your family/student contact information is correct in the Parent Portal on Infinite Campus. We also plan to offer educational content, including videos and more, on our District website and social media channels.

UPDATE ON ASSESSMENTS

The State Education Dept. has offered this, thus far, about testing:

  • Any assessment scheduled during closure, including the NYSAA, grades 3-8 ELA and Math and Sciences, is suspended for the remainder of the school year.
  • NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12 is also suspended for the remainder of the school year.
  • For courses that end in a Regents exam, we are awaiting additional information and guidance. We do know that students will be able to earn full course credit and sit for exams if the closure impacts course or lab requirements.
  • For AP and Dual Enrollment courses, we continue to work with our partners (the AP College Board, MCC and RIT) in order to adapt and adjust so that students are best prepared for end or year assessments.

DAILY MEAL TIMES/SITES MODIFIED

Starting Tuesday, March 24th, we are streamlining our free meal service, so students do not need to make two trips daily. Instead of serving breakfast and lunch at different times, we’ll offer both meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. The idea: Each day when a student grabs their lunch to go, they can take home the next day’s non-perishable breakfast. Also, based on service this week, we are eliminating the Parkside and Helmer Nature Center locations. There are still six sites. Click to see full details on our website. http://bit.ly/COVID_WICSD

CHILDCARE OPTIONS

WEST IRONDEQUOIT: In addition, our district has been in contact with two daycare providers in West Irondequoit. Inspire Learning and Childcare, 300 Pattonwood Drive, has openings. Call Jennifer Price for more information at (585) 444-1977. As of this communication, Forever Friends Daycare, 95 Stanton Lane, is closed, but staff is potentially available to provide in-home daycare. To inquire about availability, call Margaret Mary Stenzel at (585) 342-1701.

TOP PRIORITY: Students whose parents/guardians are first responders or healthcare providers should contact their child’s principal by email if they need assistance. Servicing these families is a top priority. Principals will support them in securing childcare placements.

ROCHESTER YMCA: In support of our families during this difficult shift in dynamic, the YMCA of Rochester has partnered with schools to offer Emergency Child Care. Click the link for more information: https://rochesterymca.org/community-buildings/response-to-covid-19/

IHS MUSICAL PREP CONTINUES

This Irondequoit High School musical this spring, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” was scheduled to start on March 26th. It has been postponed, but in hopes of the production being rescheduled late May, the cast and crew has been using technology and other tools to rehearse remotely but together. “This cast really is remarkable,” says WICSD elementary music teacher and musical director, Mr. Robert Line. “I can’t wait for our community to eventually see them perform the show.”


March 16, 2020: Superintendent Letter


Dear West Irondequoit Families,

I hope this letter finds you safe and well. The past few days have been stressful and worrisome for all. Working through this crisis, I am grateful for Irondequoit’s caring community and our wonderfully dedicated staff. Below is a summary plan of action. Specific details were emailed Monday by building principals.  

MEALS

West Irondequoit will serve daily drive-thru style, free breakfast and lunch starting Tuesday, March 17 at eight locations. Our mission: Provide food for any child, regardless of income. See the schedule at our website.

COMMUNITY SUPPORTS

Information is available at MonroeCounty.gov at www2.monroecounty.gov/hs-coronavirus. There are community resources, including food for families, at the Irondequoit Community Cupboard, 4275 Culver Rd; irondequoitcommunitycupboard.org/

INSTRUCTION

Our staff has worked tirelessly to organize learning materials for all K-12 students. We know providing guaranteed instruction for all throughout this crisis is nearly impossible. Instead, supplemental enrichment materials are now available (hardcopy or electronic, depending on grade). Many teachers will offer “office hours” via Zoom Video using student laptops. Clarification about that is forthcoming from principals.  

We know courses that are needed for graduation, Advanced Placement and Regents examinations are of high priority. As we learn more about the duration of this closure, we will do our best to provide meaningful learning opportunities. First, though, we must first focus on student and community health and wellness. 

For resources related to meals, learning, supports, etc. during this closure, go to https://www.westirondequoit.org/

BUILDING ACCESS

District buildings and facilities are closed until further notice, but schedules have been created for Tuesday, March 17, for students to retrieve items from lockers and pick up laptops, and medication. Please look for times by grade level and/or alphabetically via emails from your principals. After Tuesday, questions on access to items should be emailed to your child's principal. 

All District and building CSE and CPSE meetings are suspended until further notice. Student Services will reschedule meetings promptly once students return to school. The Safe School Helpline offers an automated service to report concerns 24 hours a day. Calls are confidential and can by anonymous: Call 1-800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359 (1-800-418-6423) or TEXT the word “TIPS” to 66746. 

Our school leaders will continue to update our website and check emails throughout this crisis, and together we will get through it. West Irondequoit is a resilient community. We will support one another. 

Warm regards, 
Aaron Johnson, Ed. D
Superintendent of Schools

March 14, 2020: Superintendent Letter

SCHOOL CLOSED
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Dear Families:

With guidance from Monroe County and state health officials and effective starting Monday, March 16th, the West Irondequoit Central School District is closed to students until further notice.This is a result of the latest information in our area about the coronavirus (COVID-19). That also means all school-related activities, including sports and extra-curricular activities, are suspended.

All staff are asked to report on Monday for preparation and planning. More detailed information about food, social supports and home learning is forthcoming. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. We will continue to work hard to ensure strong communication and collaboration with our families.

Monroe County health officials and school leaders will review this on a week-to-week basis. For updates, please visit the COVID-19 INFORMATION page our website at www.westirondequoit.org.

NOTE: This closure includes all Community Education classes and any use of WICSD facilities.

Sincerely,

Aaron Johnson, Ed. D

Superintendent of Schools

March 13, 2020: Superintendent letter

Dear Families,

As the information regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) continues to develop, we want to make sure you remain well-informed. District communication to you will include prompt updates as the circumstances and guidance changes. Please remember, we all must rely on credible facts and guidance from governing authorities like the Center for Disease Control, State of New York and Monroe County Department of Public Health.

Thursday you received notice that West Irondequoit has canceled until further notice:

  • School-related student and staff travel, both international and domestic.
  • Large, public school-sponsored events

To clarify, the cancellation of school-related student and staff travel will be through May 1, 2020. School-sponsored travel after this date is subject to the circumstances at that time.

Also, a new list of large, school-sponsored events can be found at our Events Status Page.

Schools closing has moved to the forefront of the community conversation. Please know that this decision must be directed by the Monroe County Department of Public Health and/or the State of New York. If a public school district decides to close outside of the guidance of these authorities, that District will be subject to a loss of New York State aid. State aid plays a significant role in funding our programs and services. Based on the guidance we have been given, a school will close for the following reasons:

  1. There is a confirmed case of COVID-19 found in a school
  2. There is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Irondequoit community of unknown origin or what is known as "community transmission." That means the transmission of the COVID-19 cannot be traced back to a particular global region of concern or person.

Governor Cuomo is directing any school with a confirmed COVID-19 case to close for at least 24 hours so it can undergo deep cleaning and sanitation. The school would decide with local health officials on the duration of the closure. Some schools are prepping parents for a possible Superintendent's Conference Day next week to prepare for closure. West Irondequoit is not for two reasons.

  • Plans should be made for childcare in the event of a closure and families need time to plan.
  • If schools are directed to close, every day leading up to that is a precious day of instruction. We cannot afford to lose this time. Instead, our instructional leaders and staff are working to organize materials and resources. We understand that during the closure, health and wellness is the priority. We will do everything in our power to offer educational materials for students to continue their learning but know that such a situation disadvantages some. Students will be expected to use the materials as they can. Upon return, staff will work to assess the situation and make curricular decisions as needed to ensure students are prepared to earn credit, advance to the next grade level and take Regents, AP, and other exams.

In closing, we are doing everything we can to manage this situation and we appreciate your patience. Our administrative team is available to answer questions and provide support. Understanding this situation may create stress and anxiety, we have added a new document to our COVID-19 materials on our website to support you and your child in managing this. Contact your child's school counselor or principal if needed.

Sincerely,

Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D

Superintendent of Schools

March 12, 2020: Superintendent letter

Dear Families,

To begin, thank you for your ongoing support and collaboration with our schools. We appreciate the trust you have in our team to make the best decisions for the health and safety of students and staff. Decision-making for the District is ongoing as new information continues to develop.

Attached to this email is the communication we planned for Friday morning. In light of today’s press conference by the Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Michael Mendoza, we are sending it now with updates. Our team is in regular communication with Dr. Mendoza, Monroe County officials and local superintendents. Based on the latest guidance, we are implementing the following changes until further notice:

  • International and Domestic school-sponsored travel by students and staff are suspended
  • As of 5 p.m. today (Thursday, March 12) and until further notice, all large school-sponsored public gatherings are canceled

Remember, if you suspect your child is showing symptoms of illness or is sick, contact your physician and keep your child home pending their medical guidance.

Our leadership team and staff are actively planning for a possible break in instruction. If this occurs, students will access supplemental instructional materials with additional supports. A plan for students to access daily meals is also underway. A decision to close would result from the guidance of the Monroe County Department of Public Health and the State of New York. Instruction will continue as planned until they direct schools to close or a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified within our district.

Thank you again for your partnership and active support. Please contact the District Office at 585-342-5500 with any questions and a member of our administrative team return your call.

Sincerely,

Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D

Superintendent of Schools

 March 12 COVID-19 FLYER

March 6, 2020: TO WICSD PARENTS/GUARDIANS

We are aware of concerns from people in our community and around the world about the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19, and we want to assure you that district leaders and our head nurse are closely monitoring this fluid situation. We are following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the NYS Department of Health, as well as the Monroe County Department of Health and the State Education Department. No clubs or groups of students from West Irondequoit are scheduled to travel internationally during spring break in April. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority.

NOTIFICATION

The Monroe County Health Department will contact any school district if a known COVID-19 case emerges. If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed, it will notify staff and parents/guardians. If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow our current practices for handling respiratory illnesses.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

In addition to following and urging safer hygiene, West Irondequoit has infectious disease protocols in place and has taken steps, such as enhanced cleaning and disinfecting throughout buildings, to minimize the spread of illnesses.

TIPS TO FOLLOW

Here are good reminders for everyone:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with sick people; stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw out the tissue. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

If a family member shows symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspects it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Prior to arriving at your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice. 

RESOURCES TO HELP

 New York State hotline: 888-364-3065
 Trauma, Illness and Grief (TIG) in Schools
 Monroe County Department of Health page
 New York State Department of Health page
 Travel, Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
 What Are Causes of COVID-19?
 Prevention & Treatment of COVID-19