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Latest Update from Webster CSD

May 7, 2021
2:15 p.m.

Dear Webster CSD Parents/Guardians,

As I begin my role as interim superintendent of schools, the board of education and I want to share a message of thanks. Earlier this week, I wrote to our staff and thanked them for their tireless, extraordinary efforts on behalf of our students this year, and that sentiment certainly applies to all of our Webster CSD families, too. We are living a year like no other. All families have been affected by the pandemic and its far-reaching consequences. The disruption to the school year, and the difficulties in navigating the state departments and agencies, under whose guidance we are required to follow, has been complicated.  In addition, the information circulating in the media and on social media regarding pending litigation presents a challenge to our system. We remain steadfast in our commitment to the WCSD community.

We have been able to reopen for K-5 for a longer day, and we continue to follow the county COVID-19 infection rate to inform our plans for grades 6-12. We have already begun working on a creative plan for 2021-2022, and plan to open UPK-12 full-time in September. We will continue to advocate for and participate in all legislative opportunities to engage our elected representatives, and encourage you to do the same.

Thank you for your continued support of your children and their education. As we have celebrated Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week this week, we are grateful for the many ways that so many of you have expressed your support of our faculty and staff. We are also aware of the invaluable collaboration among all of us as we focus on the education and well-being of our students. Thank you for playing an integral role in your child’s education. 

We are working closely with principals on end of the year celebrations for so many of our students. These are always memorable events that celebrate so many important milestones in our students’ lives. We are hopeful to move forward with all events in a manner that places the health and safety of our students and staff as our highest priorities. On a personal note, I look forward to congratulating each of our members of the Class of 2021 just a few short weeks from now!

The power of positivity and strong working relationships will become the purpose that brings us together to create a better culture and ultimately, a stronger district.  

All our best,

Brian Neenan
Interim Superintendent of Schools

Webster CSD Board of Education

Tammy Gurowski, President
Linda Dioguardi, Vice President
Mike Alt
Sue Casey
Janice Richardson
Maria Rigillo
Mike Suffoletto

* PLEASE NOTE: You have received a message from the Webster Central School District. Due to the time sensitive nature of the information, the message has been sent in English. Should you need assistance translating the message into your preferred language, please email your child's principal and he/she will arrange for an interpreter to call you back. Please include the best phone number at which you may be reached. You may also use the Google Translate feature on the district website’s reopening and coronavirus information page (scroll to the bottom of the page) to read this letter by visiting www.websterschools.org/reopening.

 

Latest Update from the Board of Education

May 5, 2021

10:30 a.m.

 

Dear Webster CSD Community,

 

As boards of education develop their budget proposals for the 2021-2022 school year, many important components must be considered. Those include the increased costs from the pandemic that required districts to fund unanticipated needs and restricted funding from federal stimulus dollars. Boards must also assess current program needs to reopen buildings, address student learning gaps, provide increased support for social, emotional, and mental health for students and staff, as well as initiate contingency budget planning should a proposed budget fail at the polls.

 

In a year like no other, schools rose to the challenge and continued to support students and their families, with instruction, social/emotional supports, and meals, on site COVID testing and instituted protocols that were required. While some funding could be reallocated for these unanticipated costs, there were significantly more increases than savings. Examples of unanticipated costs included:

  • Technology purchases and professional development for remote and hybrid learning (computers/MiFis)
  • Food service delivery changes and meal prep (and negative impact on food service budgets)
  • Infrastructure changes for reopening (moving/storing of furniture, HVAC filter upgrades, water fountains, etc.)
  • Cleaning/PPE protocol changes for reopening (requiring new or different materials; cleaning agents were expensive in some cases)
  • Testing for reopening
  • Staffing (including large increase in unemployment claims)
  • Transportation (currently need change in law for reimbursement of transportation during remote learning for busing technology and food)

The Webster Central School District budget was adopted on April 15 by the board of education, amidst boosts in state and federal aid thought never to materialize. The aid will be used to address mental health needs first and foremost. Please check the district budget web page at websterschools.org/budget to access accurate information. We are grateful to legislative representatives who listened to board members and districts’ needs and responded with incredible results.

 

We believe this budget meets the districts’ current needs and positions the district well for next year.  We encourage residents to become informed voters, especially in this very challenging year with so much misinformation. The budget page in addition to four podcasts, contains detailed information that explains in greater detail.

 

We hope you will visit our webpage for accurate information on the duties and responsibilities of board of education members: https://www.websterschools.org/board.  As board members, it is our responsibility to uphold the mission and vision of our district by remaining true to the values of collaboration and continuous improvement.  We are committed to the stability of the district and adapting to meet student needs. 

 

Webster Board of Education

 

Tammy Gurowski, President

Linda Dioguardi, Vice President

Mike Alt

Sue Casey

Janice Richardson

Maria Rigillo

Mike Suffoletto


* PLEASE NOTE: You have received a message from the Webster Central School District. Due to the time sensitive nature of the information, the message has been sent in English. Should you need assistance translating the message into your preferred language, please email your child's principal and he/she will arrange for an interpreter to call you back. Please include the best phone number at which you may be reached. You may also use the Google Translate feature on the district website’s reopening and coronavirus information page (scroll to the bottom of the page) to read this letter by visiting www.websterschools.org/reopening.   

 

 

* PLEASE NOTE: You have received a message from the Webster Central School District. Due to the time sensitive nature of the information, the message has been sent in English. Should you need assistance translating the message into your preferred language, please email your child's principal and he/she will arrange for an interpreter to call you back. Please include the best phone number at which you may be reached. You may also use the Google translate feature on the district website’s reopening and coronavirus information page (scroll to the bottom of the page) to read this letter by visiting www.websterschools.org/reopening.
 

 

 
 
 
 
Announcements
Guidelines for Student Return to School After Illness
Confused as to whether or not your child may return to school after they’ve been out for an illness? The district follows the guidelines from the Monroe County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) as outlined in the information provided at this link.

Facility Use
For Webster CSD facility use please contact Jane Laskey at jane_laskey@webstercsd.org.

Parent/Student Portal Remains Go-to Resource
Webster CSD’s Parent/Student Portal remains parents/guardians’ go-to spot for information regarding their student(s). The district uses this program to send important emails, phone calls, and texts. Parents may update their phone number and email information through the portal. For complete details follow this link.

Return to School Handbook
To view the Webster CSD Reopening Plan Return to School Handbook, please follow this link.
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