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Superintendent's Message: March 9 Update on School Operations

The District has continued to work with Ontario County and other local agencies to facilitate the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to our teachers and other eligible staff members. Thanks to the cooperation of these agencies, we have one large group of staff members left to receive their second dose of the vaccine at the end of this week. Unfortunately, this has caused the potential for significant staffing shortages in both the Elementary School and the Middle/High school on Friday, March 12.

The administrative team has already been working to secure substitute teachers and make other arrangements to help us stay open for in-person instruction on Friday. However, I am contacting you today to make you aware of the potential for remote learning. We will continue to take steps to avoid this option, but we want you to be aware of the possibility, so you have time to plan.  

Since Ontario County and the other local agencies must schedule their vaccination clinics based on the availability and delivery of the vaccine by New York State, we have had no control over the day of the week when our staff members are scheduled to receive their first or second dose. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the limitations of the scheduling process.

If it necessary to switch to remote learning on Friday, March 12, we will provide as much notice as possible. In the meantime, we will exhaust every option for staying open for in-person instruction.  Therefore, we may not know until late Thursday or very early on Friday that we need to switch to remote learning. If we must switch to remote learning, we will inform families via Blackboard Messenger, the school website, and social media.

Thank you for our patience as we navigate the unavoidable challenges related to the vaccination of our teachers and staff.

Sincerely,

Matt Sickles, Superintendent