Updated: January 12, 2022 10:13 PM
Created: January 12, 2022 06:13 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Rochester Public Schools announced its temporarily moving to distance learning beginning January 18
Interim Superintendent Kent Pekel sent an alert to families saying he made the difficult decision to temporarily transition our school district to distance learning for all students beginning on Tuesday, January 18, and extending through Friday, January 28, 2022.
Pekel said the primary reason for taking this step is not the spread of COVID-19 among students in our schools, but the impact of the Omicron variant on staff absences makes it "impossible to run our schools and programs safely and effectively amidst the current surge of the virus in our community."
Currently, 50% of our school buildings are experiencing significant staff shortages, including teachers, transportation drivers, school nurses, maintenance staff, and paraprofessionals.
The percentages of RPS students who have tested positive for COVID is lower than 10% in all of our schools and lower than 5% in most of our schools despite the significant increase in cases that have occurred in our community due to the spread of the Omicron variant of the virus.
Pekel also said the school district team considered transitioning only those school buildings with high staff shortages to distance learning rather than all schools in the district, but the likelihood of further increases in the percentages of our staff who are absent due to COVID in our other schools and programs led to the decision to make the shift for the district as a whole.
Distance learning is planned to return Monday, January 31st, and remain in-person learning after the period.
School Age Child Care - SACC
Instruction (ALL students will be in DL)
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