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The Rochester Teachers Association advocated for a full remote learning schedule to open the school year. That's exactly what the district decided to do. It makes Rochester the only district in Monroe County without any in-person learning this fall. There have been mixed reactions, with some parents saying that this puts predominantly Black and brown children at a disadvantage.

Our guests discuss the decision and the plans for the fall:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Science Source / NPR

A new poll finds New Yorkers are not optimistic about the fall, with the overwhelming majority saying they expect another COVID-19 outbreak in the coming months.

The rate of transmission of the virus in New York has been under 1% for over three weeks, but that has not calmed fears, according to the Siena College Research Institute survey.

A diverse collection of school administrators, parents, teachers and students all weighed in Tuesday night on plans to reopen school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The occasion was a WXXI Live Forum about reopening school, on WXXI-TV, radio and online.

It would be an understatement to say this won’t be a normal school year by any measure. But whether it’s city or suburban districts in Monroe County, participants in the forum Tuesday night sound cautiously optimistic they’ll be able to provide education and support to students and their families.

Dan Clark New York Now

Schools in New York are busy finalizing plans to partially reopen, and many colleges and universities have already begun classes. But those who work at the schools, including teachers and professors, say guidelines for when to wear masks need to be more comprehensive to help prevent spread of the coronavirus.  

The state’s largest teachers union, New York State United Teachers, wrote a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, asking him to revise the policy on masks in schools to make them mandatory while in the classroom. 

September 8 marks the first day of school for students in the Pittsford Central School District. Administrators, teachers, and families have spent the summer preparing for students to be back in the classroom – either in-person or remotely.

This hour, we continue our series of conversations with local superintendents about reopening schools. We’re joined by Pittsford Central School District Superintendent Mike Pero, who shares his district’s plans for learning models, masking, testing, and more. Our guest:

  • Mike Pero, superintendent of the Pittsford Central School District

If this were any other year, New Yorkers would be chowing down on sausage sandwiches and pizza frites, while strolling through the Midway of the New York State Fair in Syracuse. But for the first time since World War II, the fair, like many others across the country, has been canceled, due to COVID 19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County Department of Public Health is investigating several cases of COVID-19 connected to a Spencerport church.

Health officials are urging anyone who attended Morning Service at the Slavic Pentecostal Church, 4925 W. Ridge Road, on Sunday, Aug. 23, to contact the health department by calling (585) 753-5555 or emailing:  COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Officials said these individuals should also self-quarantine immediately through Sunday, Sept. 6, and get tested for COVID-19.


SUNY Geneseo has issued suspensions to three student organizations for failing to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

According to a letter that college President Denise Battles sent out on Monday, nine students are also on interim suspension, pending a Student Code of Conduct review.

The three organizations suspended include the Theta Chi and Zeta Beta Xi fraternities and the Sigma Delta Tau sorority.

Over the weekend, the State University of New York at Oneonta became the first in the 64-campus system to shut down in-person classes for two weeks after a coronavirus outbreak. State and college officials are trying to prevent that closure from becoming a trend. 

Newly appointed SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras, a close ally of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, ordered the closure of in-person classes after several off-campus house parties were connected to 105 students, or 3% of the campus population, testing positive for coronavirus. 

We talk to students about going back to school. The students range in age from elementary level to high school. Some are returning to the physical classrooms; others are not.

We talk to the students about what they feel like they need most in this new pandemic school year. Our guests:

  • Gwen, rising fourth grader at Klem Road South Elementary School in Webster
  • Randell Warren, rising freshman at UPrep Rochester
  • Paige O’Malley, rising freshman at Minerva DeLand 9th Grade School in Fairport
  • Oscar Merulla-Bonn, rising seventh grader at Twelve Corners Middle School in Brighton
  • Christian Hartman, rising fifth grader at Thornell Road Elementary School in Pittsford
  • Bilene Ugine, rising sixth grader at East Rochester Middle Level Academy
  • Lucia Ruderman, rising fourth grader at Genesee Community Charter School
  • Ana Sinha, rising fourth grader at The Harley School