Overview

The Fairport Central School District is planning to reopen grades K-6 to full-time, five days a week, beginning April 19, 2021:

  • Kindergarten through 6th grade students will begin full-time, five days per week of instruction on Monday, April 19, 2021 as the Fairport CSD had originally planned. This is for both in-person and fully virtual students.

  • Students in grades 7-12 will remain in their current hybrid learning program given the updated guidance the District received on April 9, 2021 (see below for details). Students will continue to rotate Wednesdays. This is for both in-person and fully virtual students.

New York State updates guidance - April 9, 2021

  • Click here to read updated guidance released on April 9, 2021

  • Click here to read how the Fairport CSD will return to school following this updated guidance.

    • Included in this message from April 10, 2021 is a reinforcement of the District's mitigation strategies, including the following CDC and NYSDOH endorsed strategies:

      • Practicing distancing less than 6-feet and greater than 3-feet to the greatest extent possible

      • Cohorting students where possible, particularly in grades K-6

      • Continuing mandatory face mask policy throughout the school day

      • Continuing to engage in COVID-19 testing in our schools, randomly testing 20% of our staff and students per month

      • Promoting correct hygiene and respiratory etiquette

      • Maximizing ventilation and air exchanges to support effective airflow

      • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas in our schools and buses

      • Managing master scheduling/period-by-period attendance to identify where students are each period

      • Continue with contact tracing protocols to support effective follow-up if cases are identified

      • Continue to use the Daily Health Screening through ParentSquare to ensure wellness before coming to school

      • Alternative instructional spaces will be assigned to classrooms where distancing is challenging to maintain


Throughout this year, the District has worked closely with the Monroe County Department of Health (MCDOH) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to monitor and analyze COVID-19 cases locally.


The District has been proactively planning for the return of students, and with the relaxing of the CDC distancing in schools from 6 feet to 3 feet, and in anticipation of action by the NYSDOH to conform to the CDC guidance, the District announced that students will return to in-person learning beginning on April 19. For families who chose not to have their children in Grade K-6 return to full-time, in-person learning, FCSD will offer 100% virtual learning. Virtual learning at all grade levels will be five days a week and last a full school day. Data from an initial survey to families indicated close to 90% of students in virtual and hybrid learning intended to move to in-person learning. The District plans to add long-term substitute teachers to teach all virtual K-5 students into grade-wide virtual classrooms.


Members of the Fairport community, along with District administrators, teachers, students and parents, were offered the opportunity to participate in Advisory Committees, through an application process, to help navigate the logistics of returning Fairport students to five days a week instruction. Those committees identified and discussed challenges that each grade band (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) face in the areas of meal times, transportation, distancing in classrooms and accommodating families who choose to continue with fully virtual learning.


The Fairport Central School District will abide by the March 19 CDC guidelines and practice of 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.

Virtual learning opportunities will continue to include a greater emphasis on synchronous instruction, with teachers finding ways to provide live instruction and lessons to students to ensure students are directly engaged in learning on a daily basis.

Definitions:

Asynchronous learning – these are learning experiences that the student will be expected to engage in that will NOT involve live, real-time interaction with the teacher. Examples of asynchronous learning experiences may include a pre-recorded video of the teacher providing direct instruction, a video of another teacher teaching a skill, a link to an article for a student to read and respond to, a math or science problem set to be worked on and submitted for feedback, etc.

Synchronous learning – these are learning experiences that involve live, real-time interaction with the teacher. Synchronous learning may be used, among other things, for a large group, small group, and/or individualized direct instruction, collaborative discussions, writing conferences, intervention services, student assistance, and community building/social-emotional learning experiences.

For more information about instruction, visit the Teaching & Learning page here.

Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York's Schools Reopening Guidance

This 145-page guidance document was used in the development of the District's Fall 2020 Plan.

The District's Spring 2021 Return To Full-Time Plan will address the areas of communication/family and community engagement, health and safety, facilities, child nutrition, transportation, social emotional well-being, school schedules, budget and fiscal matters, economic overview, attendance and chronic absenteeism, technology and connectivity, teaching and learning, career and technical education, athletics and extracurricular activities, special education, English to speakers of other languages and world languages, staffing, and teacher and principal evaluation system.

Return to Full Time Learning: Planning Documents