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RCSD to remain in hybrid model for the rest of the school year

While some area school districts are pushing to increase the number of in-person school days before the end of the school year, that won’t be happening in the Rochester City School District.

That’s according to the weekly message posted Friday on the RCSD website by District Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small.

The superintendent notes that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently reduced the 6-foot social distancing limits in elementary classrooms to 3 feet. She calls that “very exciting news” because it’s a sign that COVID levels are reducing.

And Myers-Small says that while some districts in Monroe County are increasing the number of in-person learning days starting in April, the RCSD administration has determined that it’s best to remain in the current hybrid model for now, and instead she says they will plan for the next school year.

The superintendent says she has convened a reopening team that will be conducting forums with parents, students, teachers and administrators to gather feedback. Myers-Small says that new guidelines from the CDC, New York state and the Governor’s Office can change, which can cause the district to shift course.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.