Engaging with our stakeholders on critical topics
As part of our ongoing efforts to build trust and support in our school system, Webster CSD uses the community engagement platform ThoughtExchange. In doing so, it is our goal to promote stakeholder engagement through a user-friendly, online tool that allows community members to share their thoughts and ideas on a specific topic affecting our school system.
ThoughtExchange is an open-ended, confidential, and easy-to-use digital environment. After sharing your thoughts, you can rate views provided by other stakeholders. You can rate as many opinions as you’d like before moving on to the "Discover" phase, where you can see all of the thoughts sorted by the average rating.
- This exchange is confidential. Your thoughts will be shared, but no one will know your identity including the district.
- Please be polite and respectful as you share and rate thoughts.
- If you see a thought that is rude, hurtful, or identifies a person or group, you can report it by clicking in the upper right corner of the thought.
- You do not need to rate all thoughts in this exchange. It is appreciated and recommended to rate around 30 over the time the exchange is open.
Webster CSD takes pride in connecting our schools to the community, and ThoughtExchange is one way to accomplish this goal. As an integral component of our community, we are committed to constructive dialogue and collaboration with our stakeholders on issues that affect our schools and students. We welcome your comments, including constructive criticism. We also strive for as much transparency as possible; however, we recognize the need to ensure the conversation is safe and respectful. As such, the district makes use of ThoughtExchange's automated moderation that can identify specific thoughts for review by the district's ThoughtExchange moderators before public posting. If a thought you posted does not appear, it simply means it has been flagged for review as potentially violating our moderation criteria. After the thought is reviewed, if it is not in violation, it will be approved for posting.
WCSD will remove comments that include the following:
- Obscene, profane, rude, or vulgar language or images
- Personal attacks that target specific individuals/groups, or posts containing personal information
- Threats, defamatory statements, and/or violent, hateful, or racist language
- Advocacy for any illegal activity
- Spam, advertisements, or solicitations of any kind
- Infringement on copyrights or trademarks
Closed ThoughtExchange: Community Feedback Regarding Mask Usage
As the state considers possible changes to the masking mandate, WCSD asked for your feedback regarding mask usage in schools. We appreciate everyone’s input.
Opened: February 4, 2022 Closed: February 9, 2022
Community Feedback Masks: Summary Report
Closed ThoughtExchange: Community Feedback Regarding Budget
Webster CSD is in full planning mode to prepare the 2022-23 district budget that will be up for a community-wide vote on Tuesday, May 17. The district welcomed feedback from all stakeholders when planning a budget for a school district that serves 8,100 students and 1,500+ staff members. The feedback presented in this report will help us develop a budget that reflects the Webster CSD community's thoughts and input for our students. We appreciate everyone’s input.
Opened: January 3, 2022 Closed: January 31, 2022
Community Feedback Budget: Summary Report
Closed ThoughtExchange: Community Feedback Reopening #1
As of today(July 20, 2021), Webster CSD is still awaiting guidance from the New York State Department of Health regarding the new school year. That guidance will be imperative as we move forward with our plans to fully reopen in September. Once again, the Monroe County Council of School Superintendents has asked the governor for clear guidance regarding the new school year. You may read our letter HERE.
Knowing the thoughts and feelings of our community will help us advocate for the best path forward. We need your feedback regarding the 2021-22 school year. ThoughtExchange question: “What do we need to consider to make sure you feel safe and supported as we plan for returning to school?”
Opened: June 25, 2021 Closed: July 2, 2021
Community Feedback Reopening #1: Summary Report
Closed ThoughtExchange: Community Feedback Regarding Federal Funds
Webster CSD, as well as every other school district in the United States, has been awarded targeted federal funding to support the reopening of schools in the fall. The district must spend dollars in a few key areas: preparedness for emergencies, addressing learning loss, training staff, purchasing PPE, planning for school closures, and providing mental health services. The district is required to submit a plan prior to July 15, 2021, to have access to this funding. We appreciate your input to this planning, and ask that you spend a few minutes responding to these survey questions and adding your ideas to the process.
Opened: June 20, 2021 Closed: July 27, 2021
Community Feedback Regarding Federal Funds: Summary Report