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The Fairport Central School District is working to create proper health and safety re-entry plans that adhere to CDC guidelines for returning to full time, five-day in-person instruction in schools. This website will host plan information, as well as news and updates related to the process. The District will primarily use ParentSquare messages, phone, email and text message alerts as the main forms of communication with families, while this site will serve as the central site for all of the information.

Return to Full-Time, In-Person Learning

We are planning for a return to full-time, five days per week of instruction beginning on April 19 for students in grades K-6 of either in-person learning or those enrolled in our fully virtual program. Given the high transmission rate in Monroe County and Perinton, secondary students (grades 7-12) will remain in hybrid instruction (including rotating Wednesdays).

On March 19 the CDC shifted distancing guidelines from 6 feet to 3 feet. On April 9, the NYS DOH released its updated guidance on the opening and operation of schools, including changes to distancing, in some instances. This guidance is largely consistent with the CDC guidance released in March and parallels our return to school planning. There are changes at each grade band, however. The guidance follows transmission rates of COVID-19 in the community. The new guidance delineates transmission risk of COVID-19 by age ranges citing, "there is lower susceptibility and incidence among elementary children than teenagers." The guidance continues to state, “therefore, in-person instruction represents less on-site transmission in elementary schools compared to middle and high schools.” Monroe County continues to experience a rise in COVID-19 cases and is currently in a CDC-designated Red Zone. A seven-day rolling average under 100 cases would place us out of the Red Zone.


  • K-6 students will return to full time, five days per week of either in-person or fully virtual instruction on Monday, April 19.

  • Students can be at school when cohorting is possible.


The NYSDOH guidance cites that when counties are in high risk transmission zones secondary students can only come to school if we are able to cohort students. Given the size of our classes and the range of programming we offer, cohorting is not possible. It specifically states, “when schools cannot maintain cohorting, middle and high schools must maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet between students and classrooms.

  • Given the high transmission rate in Monroe County and Perinton, students in grades 7-12 students will remain in hybrid instruction (including rotating Wednesdays).

While New York State Department of Health has yet to issue updated guidance on this change, we are moving forward with our planning to return to full-time instruction. The District plans to bring students back to five-day, in-person learning on April 19.

We believe, the sooner students can return to school, the better. Our students benefit from fully experiencing our schools where we support their social and emotional well-being and academic growth. Our schools serve as a safe space for our students. It is important for our youth to be at school where they have the opportunity to meaningfully engage with their peers as they build stamina for in-person learning. Additionally, through the pandemic, it was apparent that instruction is more effective with in-person learning for many of our students. Additionally, students rely on our schools for technology services, special programming, socialization and nutrition.

The Fairport Central School District will abide by the March 19 CDC guidelines and NYS DOH guidelines and practice distancing less than 6 feet and greater than 3 feet to the greatest extent possible, cohorting students where possible, using masking protocols and managing master scheduling. We will also continue to engage in COVID-19 testing in our schools, randomly testing 20% of our staff and students per month.

The plan outlined in this website is for Fairport Central School District's April 19 return to full time, in-person instruction for Grades K-6, with a full time, 100% virtual learning option for families that choose it. This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following schools:

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and staff to feel comfortable and safe returning to school. Our plan aligns with recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Director of Student Services Deborah Miles will serve as the COVID-19 Coordinator for the District. The coordinator will work closely with the local health department and be the main contact upon identification of positive COVID-19 cases.