Information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and RSD

Superintendent/CEO Antony A. L. McLetchie's letter to RSD families and the Community and his RSD YouTube video regarding changes to Spring Break Week. English, Spanish and French language text scripts are included in the video description panel and below.


April 2, 2020: Update to RSD Families / Spring Break Week Changes


Hello Families,


As you may have heard reported on the news, Governor Cuomo issued the directive that all districts must continue to provide education to students through the forced closure, including previously scheduled breaks.  This means we will no longer have a spring recess.  


We understand that this is an uncertain and overwhelming time for everyone.  With that in mind, our teachers will not be teaching any new material next week (April 6-10).  Instead, this week will primarily be used for review and catch up.  Regular academics will resume on Monday, April 13 via distance learning.  We will update you on when classes will resume on campus, as soon as we have that information. You should be receiving a survey from the school administrators soon to check in on how things are going.  Please complete this brief questionnaire to help the school understand how they can continue to support you and your child.


If your student is still having technical difficulties, have them visit this page for information from our Tech Department.


Again, I want to thank everyone for their continuing support.


Stay safe and stay healthy.


My Wildcat and I miss you all!


Thank you again,


Superintendent McLetchie





Hola familias,


Como puede haber escuchado en las noticias, el gobernador Cuomo emitió la directiva de que todos los distritos deben continuar brindando educación a los estudiantes a través del cierre forzado, incluidos los descansos programados previamente. Esto significa que ya no tendremos un receso de primavera.


Entendemos que este es un momento incierto y abrumador para todos. Con eso en mente, nuestros maestros no enseñarán ningún material nuevo la próxima semana (del 6 al 10 de abril). En cambio, esta semana se utilizará principalmente para revisar y ponerse al día. Los académicos regulares se reanudarán el lunes 13 de abril a través del aprendizaje a distancia. Le informaremos cuándo se reanudarán las clases en el campus, tan pronto como tengamos esa información. Debería recibir una encuesta de los administradores de la escuela pronto para verificar cómo van las cosas. Complete este breve cuestionario para ayudar a la escuela a comprender cómo pueden continuar apoyándolo a usted y a su hijo.


Si su estudiante aún tiene dificultades técnicas, pídales que visiten esta página para obtener información de nuestro Departamento de Tecnología.


Nuevamente, quiero agradecer a todos por su continuo apoyo.  Manténgase seguro y saludable.  ¡Mi gato montés y yo los extrañamos a todos!


Gracias de nuevo,


Superintendente McLetchie




Bonjour les familles,


Comme vous l'avez peut-être entendu rapporter aux informations, le Gouverneur Cuomo a émis la directive selon laquelle tous les districts doivent continuer à fournir une éducation aux étudiants pendant la fermeture forcée, y compris les pauses précédemment prévues. Cela signifie que nous n'aurons plus de creux de ressort.


Nous comprenons que cette période est incertaine et écrasante pour tout le monde. Dans cet esprit, nos professeurs n'enseigneront pas de nouveau matériel la semaine prochaine (6-10 avril). Au lieu de cela, cette semaine sera principalement utilisée pour l'examen et le rattrapage. Les universitaires réguliers reprendront le lundi 13 avril via l'enseignement à distance. Nous vous informerons de la reprise des cours sur le campus dès que nous disposerons de ces informations. Vous devriez recevoir un sondage des administrateurs de l'école bientôt pour vérifier comment les choses se passent. Veuillez remplir ce bref questionnaire pour aider l'école à comprendre comment elle peut continuer à vous soutenir, vous et votre enfant.


Si votre élève éprouve toujours des difficultés techniques, demandez-lui de visiter cette page pour obtenir des informations de notre service technique.


Encore une fois, je tiens à remercier tout le monde pour leur soutien continu.  Restez en sécurité et en bonne santé.  Mon Wildcat et vous me manquez tous!


Merci encore,


Surintendant McLetchie



Superintendent/CEO Antony A. L. McLetchie's letter to RSD families and the Community and his RSD YouTube video regarding the current state of school operations, remote learning, and the Governor's April 14, 2020, school closure order. English, Spanish and French language text scripts are included in the video description panel.

March 27, 2020


Parents and RSD Community:


First of all, this message is for RSD students…. I miss you all, miss your smiles and the occasional chats! I am very lucky to have a Wildcat staying home with me so I can remember you all! (Showing stuffed Wildcat!) I enjoyed seeing some pictures of you engaging with your teacher from afar! Thank you to all the families for your effort to make this new learning opportunity happen.


Second of all, I want to recognize the hard work the school leadership team, teachers and staff are doing to find creative ways to help our students continue to learn and receive appropriate support and services as needed.


I want to advise you as per the Governor’s announcement this morning; he extended the school closure order through April 14. We will continue to monitor and review our status and update you as we learn more.


Please take care of yourselves and your families.


Antony A. L. McLetchie



March 19, 2020
March 17, 2020
Following New York Governor Cuomo's order that all schools close by Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Rochester School for the Deaf is officially closed and will remain closed until further notice. Only essential personnel will be required to report. The main office in Westervelt Hall will be open on Wednesday, March 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to pickup laptops for remote learning and/or for students to get items from their lockers or dorm room. Contact Carrie Fisher 585-286-2804 VP Wednesday, March 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to make these arrangements. Only one family at a time will be allow in to maintain social distancing. After March 18, the RSD campus will not be accessible to students, families, faculty, staff, and visitors (except essential staff) until school officially reopens. Remote learning for students will start on Monday, March 23. The Grade 1-12 Principal and Kindergarten/ECC Director will contact families to share more information about remote learning. Also, Support Services will continue during the RSD closure period. Thank you! Stay safe & healthy! - Antony A. L. McLetchie, Superintendent/CEO

CLICK HERE to view the Superintendent's Update to RSD Families March 17, 2020 video.
March 17, 2020
RSD has developed a document, linked below, outlining students' meal options as provided by their home school district or home county during the period of closure for Rochester School for the Deaf. Families can locate their home school district by home county to review and follow the meal distribution options for their student(s).
March 16, 2020
RSD Superintendent Antony A. L. McLetchie posted a new video and memo to update parents of students on several important topics related to the school closure due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) emergency locally and nationally.
CLICK HERE to view the video. The video description panel contains a copy of the memo in English.
March 14, 2020
Dear RSD Employees:
As many of you have heard, County Executive Adam Bello declared a State of Emergency and closed all public schools within Monroe County.  While RSD is a non-district school and not directly affected by the mandate, we feel it is in the best interest for all involved to close school.
What this means is following:
Students stay home until further notice.
Essential personnel reports to work on Monday, March 16.
Essential personnel includes:
- Administration team
- 12-month employees
All Employees should report to work on Tuesday, March 17.
More information will be available in the coming days.  Thank you for patience during this evolving situation.

Antony A.L. McLetchie
March 14, 2020
As you know we are all working to navigate the unknown and evolving situation but the health and safety of our students and staff is our priority in all decision-making.
Due to the local State of Emergency declared by County Executive Adam Bello, RSD will be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice.  

More information will be posted on and via our social media outlets. 
Antony A.L. McLetchie
March 14, 2020
Dear Families and Staff,

Many of you may have heard the new information this morning about a Greece Central School District employee testing positive for COVID-19. 

Please know we’re aware of this information and are in communication with the Monroe County Department of Public Health to determine the next steps for our students, staff, and families.

We plan to be in touch with you throughout the weekend.

Antony A.L. McLetchie

March 13, 2020
Director of RSD Student Life Programs Carrie Fisher, in her letter to parents and students, informed them that the school is suspending all after school activities, effective on March 16, 2020.
March 12, 2020
Fact sheets from the CDC
March 12, 2020
All Signs for All American Sign Language learning evening classes at RSD are canceled until further notice. Spring 2020 SFA paid registrants will receive a refund.
March 12, 2020
RSD Superintendent/CEO Antony A.L. McLetchie provided this video about the current state of operations of the school amid growing concerns of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
March 11, 2020
RSD Superintendent/CEO Antony A.L. McLetchie provided this letter to families of RSD students about actions RSD is currently taking regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
March 2, 2020
RSD Superintendent/CEO Antony A.L. McLetchie provided this letter to families of RSD students about actions RSD is taking when the school initially learned about the emergence of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).