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RCSD to hold public input sessions on reopening buildings

James Brown

A series of online school reopening forums for Rochester City School District families starts Saturday. 

The district announced late last month that it intends to bring prekindergarten through fourth-grade students into school buildings part of the week while offering distance learning for nearly everyone else. The sessions will give the community opportunities to give feedback on the plan.

Deputy Superintendent Melody Martinez-Davis is coordinating the meetings. She said district leadership has heard from many parents who want assurances that more remote learning won’t mean a dip in scholarship. 

“They want to make sure that the course of action that we take will include strong and robust instruction for our students,“ said Martinez-Davis. “And that we continue to support our students and staff and families when it comes to supporting their social emotional learning as well, because that’s equally as important as academics.”

The first of five state-mandated sessions is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information and a list of future forums, click here. Anyone interested in submitting questions for the meeting can email

James Brown is a reporter with WXXI News. James previously spent a decade in marketing communications, while freelance writing for CITY Newspaper. While at CITY, his reporting focused primarily on arts and entertainment.