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A Message from Superintendent Pero: Reopening Schools Update (3/26/21)

Dear Families,

You are an amazing community and I am grateful for your unwavering support. I ask that you continue to challenge yourself to remain optimistic as so many signs indicate that we are close to having this virus under control.

It has been more than a full year of contending with COVID-19. While last March we were dealing with panic as we were learning about COVID-19, Intensive Care units beyond capacity, loss of loved ones, food shortages at the grocery stores and major shut-downs, we are now in a place where advancements in treatment and prevention have been made, hospitalization rates are lower, and businesses and schools are more open. Each day we get closer to herd immunity. It has been very hard to see the end, but I am hoping that you share my optimism and also see the end is now in sight.

Knowing the economical and educational impact of this crisis, PCSD made it a priority to restructure staff and facilities to provide an in person K-5 option for our students and families, nearly five full days a week. I can’t thank our staff enough for making this happen in a very positive way. The conversation recently has changed to bringing more students back fully at the secondary level from their hybrid model. This interest in changing direction has been the result of CDC guidance allowing the movement from six feet of social distancing to three feet under different conditions.

PCSD continues to prepare to open fully, but it will need NYSDOH approval. Currently, area superintendents are asking the NYSDOH to follow the CDC guidelines and for further direction as both are needed in order for schools to bring more students back. Monroe County Superintendents sent this letter to Governor Cuomo and Health Commissioner Dr. Zucker asking them to review and accept school district re-opening plans: https://www.pittsfordschools.org/cms/lib/NY02205365/Centricity/Domain/8/MC Reopening Letter to Cuomo.pdf

As more updates become available, we will share them out widely. Until then, please know how grateful I am for the feedback from families along the way. I wish you and your children a wonderful and healthy Spring Break.

Sincerely,

Michael Pero
Superintendent of Schools