Supt. letter of thanks & updates on masking

Supt. letter of thanks; updates on masking & invite to Community Connections on May 25
Posted on 05/21/2021

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Greetings Families:

This week was another win for our students, with our 2021-22 school budget passing by an 80% margin. You are a supportive and engaged community that values the importance of caring for our youth. Our children are an investment in our future. As your superintendent, I am proud of how our community provides a comprehensive educational program, including all needs – social, emotional, mental and academic supports. Special thanks to our staff and Board of Education for their contributions to the budget planning process and vote. It was a team effort that considered all needs equitably. And last, thank you to our fantastic vote day staff. Led by District Clerk Patricia Kelly, they created a warm and inviting atmosphere throughout the day to ensure that voters were met with a smile and good customer service.

Thank you once again for your unwavering support!


Recent CDC and NYS updates on masking in public settings has led to some confusion about the expectations for schools. To clarify, NYS is explicit in pointing out that PreK-12 schools “are exempt and must continue to follow the State's existing COVID-19 health guidelines until more New Yorkers are fully vaccinated.” For the complete May 19, 2021, NYS Reopening New York: Implementing CDC Guidance document, please visit this LINK.

In short, all people on school grounds or while attending school events must mask and socially distance as required by the state. We understand and do not dispute anyone’s perspective on this, but as a school we must comply. We ask that you respect this requirement and work cordially with our staff to ensure everyone meets these standards. When NYS revises its guidance, we will promptly implement the change.


Join me and a few other key leaders for our next town-hall style conversation with the community at 6:30 PM next Tuesday, May 25th via a Zoom video webinar. The focus: The past, present and future of Culturally Responsive Education in West Irondequoit. Attendees (you) have the chance to speak directly with our team, including our Assistant Supt. for Instruction, Chrissy Miga, and our Directors of Instruction, Karen Finter and Kim Cristal.

  • Link/passcode: Check your email


Since our last communication a week ago on May 14, the Monroe County Dept. of Public Health has reported one new case in our District, an Iroquois Middle School student. Per federal privacy laws, we can’t disclose any more details or personally identifiable information. If you have questions, call the MCDPH Hotline at 753-5555.

In partnership,

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Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D
Superintendent of Schools

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