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Latest Update from Superintendent Gumina

September 25, 2020
12:00 p.m.

Dear Webster CSD Parents/Guardians,

Thank you to our entire One Webster school community for your cooperation and support as we continue to work together to provide a safe learning environment for all of our students and staff.

As we progress through the opening weeks of the new school year, there have been reports of Rochester area students and staff members being diagnosed with COVID-19. As I have previously mentioned, this news is not unexpected. I, along with area superintendents, have the opportunity to be in regular contact and consultation with Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Mendoza. Those consultations continue to be an invaluable resource as we progress through the school year. 

Just this week, Dr. Mendoza shared some impactful data points with all of us. As of Tuesday, and after nearly two weeks back at school, the Monroe County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has not uncovered a single instance of COVID-19 transmission that occurred within our schools. Of the 21 positive cases involving K-12 students and staff, all are believed to have originated outside of the school. This is encouraging news, but we must remain extra vigilant in following best practices in and out of school and keep a close watch on positive cases. Here are a few MCDPH statistics that Dr. Mendoza shared covering the September 9-21 timeframe:
 
  • 15 positive results involving K-12 students in Monroe County
  • Six positive results involving K-12 staff or volunteers in Monroe County
  • Of the 21 positive cases involving K-12 students, staff, or volunteers, only nine individuals were in a school building. The other 12 did not attend school or go to work while infectious.
  • Due to mask wearing, physical distancing, and other safety measures, MCDPH is not aware of any risk of exposure within a school.

It bears repeating, those vigilant best practices I mentioned must include a commitment to mask wearing, staying physically distant from others, and washing our hands. These steps help keep us -- and all with whom we come into contact -- healthy.

Thanks for continuing to stress these healthy practices with your kids, especially as we enter the flu season. I appreciate your ongoing efforts and support.

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
 

From Your Board of Education

September 25, 2020
4:00 p.m.


Dear Webster CSD Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to fall and to this year that is unlike any other in history. While far from what we are accustomed to, we know the procedures and protocols enacted are working. Our students are coming to school ready to learn, embracing seeing their teachers, staff and friends, and adhering to the rules of our time: masks, physical distancing, and handwashing. New routines in new environments whether virtual or classroom have become our norm.

None of this happens without the dedication and commitment of everyone. From parents and routine morning screenings to bus drivers, teachers and staff, and the buildings and grounds and maintenance crews that make the students’ environments welcoming and meet stringent standards. Food service and nursing offices complete the approach to the wellness of the “whole child.” We are grateful for the dedication of everyone.

As your board of education, we endeavor to remain connected and informed. We have conducted our meetings via Zoom and will phase in measures to increase communication. At our September 17 meeting we recognized Oak Tree Award winners Tamara Schell (Plank South Elementary School) and Joan Bardanis (Webster Thomas High School). Thank you to Wendy Sardella and Umbereen Mustafa who lead the committee’s screening process in order to arrive at the selection of these two extraordinary teachers. Also, a professional development report summarized the summer’s efforts to ensure teachers are prepared in the myriad ways they now deliver instruction.

We continue to serve as liaisons to the district’s 11 PTSAs, F.I.R.E. and its subcommittees, and WHEN:DFCC. We are strengthening these relationships through Google Meet as well as our presence (with masks!) at various Monroe County School Board Association meetings. We know we are fortunate to be in a county that values each component district in ways that strengthen and inform us all.

We continue to adjust our goals in ways that are meaningful, connected and encourage a “continuous loop” of communication. In the coming weeks, please look to our page on the district website for additional information.

Please continue to stay safe and supportive of the efforts of all to keep our kids learning, growing, and becoming resilient in ways we haven’t imagined before. We all create and cultivate the culture of our new world and need to care for everyone in every capacity they serve.

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)


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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.

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.

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.

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