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Latest Update from Superintendent Gumina

November 30, 2020
4:30 p.m.

Dear Webster CSD Parents/Guardians,

I hope all of you enjoyed a peaceful Thanksgiving recess. I wanted to provide a brief update based on Governor Cuomo’s press briefing earlier today regarding welcomed changes to COVID-19 testing requirements for school districts that are in orange and red zones per New York State’s Micro-Cluster Strategy. While Webster has NOT been designated an orange or red zone (we are currently a yellow zone), today’s announcements are important to note for any future actions that may impact our community. I also fully expect a move to orange within the next 24-72 hours, especially after examining our region’s latest positivity rates.

Previously, any school districts that were in orange zones had to close for at least four days and test ALL in-person students and staff during that four days of closure before schools could reopen. Now, it looks as if schools in orange zones can remain OPEN and will be mandated to test 20% of all in-person students and staff throughout the MONTH. Additionally, schools in red zones can remain open, too, but they must test 30% of all in-person students and staff throughout the month. 

That’s my understanding at this particular moment. Can it change? I think you all know the answer to that rhetorical question. I am awaiting specific guidance and details from the governor’s office and the NYSDOH which should come within the next 24 hours.

This is news that I hope will enable our schools to remain open, as in-school testing has already shown that schools are not where transmission is occurring. Not surprisingly, Governor Cuomo also stressed the fact that small gatherings have now become the top source of COVID-19 spread in the state. We must continue to be vigilant in following the steps that we all know work to prevent infection: Masks + Distance + Hands. I recognize that this is particularly challenging during the holidays, but it is a message that bears repeating for everyone’s safety!

Thank you all for continuing to be safe, following the science, and staying committed to our efforts to keep our children in school. I’ll continue to provide updates as they become available to us from both the state and county.

Sincerely,

Carmen Gumina
Superintendent of Schools 


* 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

November 24, 2020

Dear Webster CSD Parents/Guardians,


We know that our current world is unsettled, and there are still many unknowns regarding COVID-19. Uncertainty is all around us, never more so than today. Pandemics create fear and unrest, and the challenges facing our district are constantly changing, requiring modifications in numerous ways. Although these challenges are pressing and can create stress for everyone, we have witnessed many acts of selflessness and people across our district are adapting, adjusting and going above and beyond for students.
 
We are grateful for the support to opt in for testing, so that the district can meet the test ratio threshold. Staff and administrators scheduled new routines and protocols so that our schools can administer tests and be compliant.
 
For the immediate future, let’s focus on the present. We would like nothing more than to see our students remain in school (and continuing their chosen method of learning) so let’s do our part to help! We know that our collective energy toward enacting those behaviors that will keep students healthy and in school should be our common goal: masks, social distancing and clean hands! We hope the message that we are in this together is steadfast and together, as a community, the infection rate is managed.
 
Please know that while our administrative staff, principals, and teachers are focused on the short term as COVID-19 interrupts routines, we are continuing with strategic planning and policy updates to capture and incorporate what we are learning from this experience.
 
We appreciate the cooperation and efforts by all; our students' learning and safety are our highest priority, and the business of the district is being taken care of in a measured and thoughtful way.
 
We want to wish our entire One Webster community a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. We remain grateful to our resilient students and families, whether they are learning from home or in-person at our 11 schools. Parents/guardians, your guidance, love, and support continue to make a difference in your child(ren)’s education. Thank you for partnering with us as we work together to help kids learn during such extraordinary circumstances. We also thank the district’s faculty and staff for their commitment to excellence and for always giving their best. Our board members are grateful to all of you because we make up a district and community with an unwavering, shared commitment to its young people.
 
Together, let’s get back to green!  

The Webster Board of Education

Tammy Gurowski, President (tgurowski@webstercsd.org)                                                          
Linda Dioguardi, Vice President (ldioguardi@webstercsd.org)                                                      
Mike Alt (malt@webstercsd.org)                                                                                                
Sue Casey (scasey@webstercsd.org)                                                                                              
Janice Richardson (jrichardson@webstercsd.org)                                                                           
Maria Rigillo (mrigillo@webstercsd.org)                                                                                                
Mike Suffoletto (msuffoletto@webstercsd.org)

 

 

 

* 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.

District Shares Reopening Plan
Please follow this link to see the Reopening Plan, including the Hybrid Model, for the 2020-21 school year.  To read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) along with answers, please follow 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.

Testing, Tracing, Remote Sections WCSD Reopening Plan - July 2020
Follow this link to view the "Testing, Tracing, and Remote" sections of the WCSD reopening plan.
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