IRONDEQUOIT N.Y. (WROC) — The West Irondequoit Central School District announced Thursday that it is canceling school Friday for K-12 students districtwide due to “projected absences among staff members.”

A statement on the district website says:

The West Irondequoit CSD is cancelling school on Friday, December 17th for K-12 students district-wide. The Emergency Closure is due to the high number of projected absences among staff members, jeopardizing our ability to properly staff classrooms and school buildings.

“Our staff has been outstanding at stepping in to manage gaps while covering absences and thanks to that work we’ve developed an understanding of our staffing threshold,” Superintendent Aaron Johnson said. “Based on projections, we are expected to extend beyond that ceiling. I am confident we will be able to open on Monday, December 20th, as scheduled. We wanted to give families as much advance notice as possible, so they can plan accordingly.”

Transportation will still operate for West Irondequoit students who attend private schools, charter schools or out-of-district placement. All school buildings will be closed. Coaches of sports teams will contact their players regarding Friday’s practices or games. Any home games/events will be rescheduled. Away contests will be played as scheduled with regular transportation provided.

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