Today Governor Cuomo announced that New York State public schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. This is not a huge surprise given all previous communications regarding strategies and requirements for reopening schools. Although this is not a surprise, it is still challenging news for families, teachers, and our community as we look to plan our schedules, budgets, and other resources.
What will this mean to the Town of Penfield? For starters, closed schools may further jeopardize our ability to offer summer camps as we rely on school facilities for camp locations. We are also dependent on the County Health Department for a permit to operate summer camps. If any summer school programs are held at school facilities, that could also impact our ability to hold camps because facilities would not be available to us. This is another day-to-day situation and I will keep you informed as you try to make summer plans for your families. The governor said he would make a decision on summer school later this month.
If we cannot offer summer camps, and if we also lose DPW summer projects, the Town will face a significant loss of revenue that we plan for in our annual budget. That’s on top of the loss of mortgage tax and sales tax revenue. We will adjust our plans and spending throughout this year.
I’ve had a few calls asking about the status of Spring Drop-off. As a reminder, that service event has been canceled. We will share any updates to this as we learn more.
If you have already completed your 2020 Census survey, thank you! If not, please consider doing so in the next few days, as this is the 2020 Census Digital Weekend of Action. Learn more at https://newyorkcounts2020.org/event/2020-census-digital-weekend-of-action/.
I know I just shared updates you may not like to hear. It’s my intention to keep Penfield residents informed as we work every day to support decisions that are being made to keep our community safe. I’m looking forward to sharing uplifting news with you in the coming weeks as we make plans to reopen and serve you when New York un-pauses!
Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov
Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,
firstname.lastname@example.org - Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain