Reopening & Coronavirus Info
Latest Update from Webster CSD
June 7, 2021
Dear Webster CSD Families,
Today, New York State Governor Cuomo clarified that outdoor masking restrictions for schools in our state will be lifted, and indoor masking will continue to be required.
We are frustrated with the lack of predictability and the number of changes that have been put upon families, our students, and our staff. While we know that the needs of one cannot outweigh the needs of the system, we do believe that family choice is the right approach.
However, we must comply with the state’s indoor mask mandate. We will do that in this way:
Students and staff must mask while moving around the building, including upon entering the building. Masks must also be worn on district transportation.
Recognizing that temperatures are forecast to be hot much of this week and through June, students and staff may take mask breaks, as needed, while in classrooms and as long as students are physically distanced.
Masks continue to be optional outdoors.
Again, we are disappointed that we need to deliver this message with two weeks of school left. We hope that you would join us in advocating to the Governor and the NYS Department of Health with your thoughts about school masking.
Thank you for sticking with us through these challenges.
All our best,
Brian Neenan, Interim Superintendent of Schools & Webster CSD Board of Education
Latest Update from the Board of Education
May 5, 2021
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
* 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.