FAQs for 6-12 return

FAQs for 6-12 return
Updated April 6: Spencerport announced the return of students in grades 6-12 for four days a week of in-person instruction, beginning on Monday, April 19.

Why now? What changed?

As we have communicated, we continuously examine ways to return students to more in-person learning opportunities.

Last June, school districts developed reopening plans when the positivity rates were higher.

During the course of the school year, positivity rates have fluctuated, decreasing in October and November, increasing in December and January, decreasing in February and increasing in March. We have learned a lot about COVID transmission over the last 7 months, and the data indicates schools have done a successful job with mitigating the spread of the virus. School transmission at Spencerport is zero.

The decision to return grades 6-12 on April 19 is in alignment with our efforts to increase in-person instruction with the use of additional physical barriers when six feet of social distancing is not possible. This meets NYSDOH guidance. In addition, our vaccination rates are climbing. By April 16, our district estimates just under 70% of teachers fully vaccinated.

We will continue to emphasize our rigid procedure for masks to mitigate transmission. Students and staff must wear masks, and our close contact tracing will remain in effect as is. For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as anyone without a mask who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.



March 25: Below please find a few FAQs regarding the red zone designation from the CDC:

What chart is being used when looking at rates of transmission, the CDC or Monroe County?

The guidance we have been given is to follow the CDC updates, given that NYS DOH has been largely silent since last summer.

The CDC says county spread should be considered, not in the schools themselves. If the two indicators are different, the actions corresponding to the higher threshold should be chosen. See below. 

CDC says county spread should be considered , not schools themselves  

How do you know that Monroe County is in a red zone/high transmission area?

Districts utilize the guidance from the CDC, and the CDC COVID tracker link.

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view 

The metrics that put us in the high transmission area is the total new COVID 19 cases per 100,000 persons in the last 7 days.

CDC transmission level chart

How does this impact physical distancing requirements for grades 6-12?

CDC prevention strategies
The above chart advises that middle and high schools must maintain at least 6 feet distance between students in classrooms when cohorting cannot be used.

As of March 23, the CDC reports Monroe County in the red zone with the following graphics. The tracker link is provided above, and here for your convenience,


https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

CDC bar chart for MC

CDC 7-day average

CDC graphic of Monroe County