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Rochester City School District accepting new students this weekend

The Rochester City School District's Roberto Clemente School #8 on St. Paul Street.
James Brown
The Rochester City School District's Roberto Clemente School #8 on St. Paul Street.

Families with prospective Rochester City School District students will have the opportunity to register this weekend

The district’s Department of Early Childhood Education and Office of Student Equity and Placement are holding a student registration event on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Freddie Thomas Learning Center at 625 Scio St. Families will need a recent physical, immunization records, and a birth certificate. They’ll also need a photo ID with proof of a city address in order to register. 

Joe Capezzuto, RCSD's director of placement, said families should enroll early so that they can maintain social distancing and get more control of their child’s placement.

“The good thing about registering now is they’ll know what school their child is going to very soon,” said Capezzuto. “They can then prepare for the child to start school.”

Robin Hooper, executive director of early childhood education for the Rochester City School District, said children who will be 3 or 4 by Dec. 1 can be registered for free Pre-K classes. She said the district is offering this opportunity in part to give parents more bites at the apple.

“Most frequently our registration opportunities are during the week, they’re during working hours, so this gives parents a chance to come in on a Saturday,” said Hooper.

Hooper is also encouraging families to enroll kids for in-person classes. Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small announced this month that a parent or guardian who doesn’t want a student to attend school in person in September must notify their child’s school by May 7. Those kids will be allowed to have remote instruction for the first 20 weeks of the next school year. 

“One thing I recommend to parents it's you have more flexibility as parents, because you can always switch to the remote at any time”, said Hooper.

Rochester City School District is the Finger Lakes region’s largest school district. Myers-Small told the Board of Education last month that they’re expecting roughly 22,000 students in class next fall. 

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.
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