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Dear Rochester Prep Families, 

As of Friday morning, as we write this message, we are still awaiting the final outcome of the election and like you, we are anxious to learn the path ahead for our country. However, it seems that this year, we continue to be challenged to live with uncertainty for at least a while longer while votes continue to be counted. 

Though there are still so many unknowns, we remain clear in our Uncommon mission: the well-being of our students and families and our core work of ensuring our schools are rooted in love, joy, rigor, and justice. We will support our students in understanding and navigating this current moment. We will continue to care for and support one another. And, no matter the outcome of the election, Uncommon will continue to advocate for our communities and ensure that our students are prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow. 

Thank you for all that you have done this election season – casting your own vote despite the challenges of the pandemic. Most of all, thank you for your steady presence and unwavering commitment to our students, ensuring that even in these uncertain times, they have a constant.

School Updates

Student Stay Home, Send Home, and Clearance to Return to School Policy Update:

We have updated our policy for all Uncommon Schools students who are exposed to COVID-19, present with symptoms of COVID-19 at home before the school day, present symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day, or otherwise develop suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. This policy includes the updated definition of close contact from the CDC on October 22, 2020.

COVID- 19 Symptoms: The symptoms below are currently associated with COVID-19 and could change at any time. Please reference for the most up to date information.

  • Temperature 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
  • Chills
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Meal Pick-up for Remote Learning Families:

Starting FRIDAY, October 23rd, Remote Learning Families can pick up meals for the following week at any one of our student meal locations. There will no longer be a Monday pickup. Meals are available from 9AM-1PM at: Brooks Campus - 630 Brooks Avenue (pickup on Ernestine St.), SJS - 85 St. Jacob Street (pickup on Bernard St.), and RPHS - 305 Andrews St. PPE is required.


Wellness Corner: November is Physical Wellness Month at Uncommon!

Physical wellness is when we use exercise, healthy eating, and sleep to grow our minds and bodies for optimal health and functioning. As we become more aware of our physical wellness, we are learning to listen to our bodies. Physical wellness matters because it encourages principles of good health and knowledge, which affect behavior patterns that lead to a healthy lifestyle. It also promotes positive health habits that can help decrease our stress, lower risk of illness, and increase our energy.

Below are resources to get you and your family physically well!

Financial Assistance for Renters and Landlords:

For your consideration, if you are a renter or landlord in need of financial assistance, or you want to learn about efforts to restart the Rochester economy, please click here for more information from JumpstartingROC.

Rochester Prep Family Champions 11/17 Meeting:

Join us for our next Rochester Prep Family Champions meeting on Tuesday, November 17th at 5:30 - 6:30PM. We’ll discuss the outcome of this monumental election, what it means for our communities, and how to approach our advocacy in light of new political realities. Come learn about what’s at stake for our community and schools at the federal, state and local level.

Please register for this informative and engaging session here ASAP. Feel free to contact Shanai Lee ( if you have any questions or concerns. Family Champions meet on a monthly basis, and you are encouraged to attend as many meetings as possible to stay abreast of current news and hear about resources and opportunities available throughout our community.

Family Champions who attend 3 consecutive meetings will receive a  gift card as a token of appreciation for partnership when you fill out the feedback forms after each meeting.


Generator Z, is a new grantmaking initiative for teens to reimagine the future of afterschool. The initiative, powered by Lakeshore Connections and supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, centers teen voices as the drivers of innovation.

Generator Z invites teens in Western New York and Southeast Michigan to become ‘Generators’ and share their vision for the direction of afterschool on the web platform. 1,000 selected teens will be paid $1,000 each for their participation.

If you have any questions, please contact your school leaders.

Michael Blake
Managing Director of Operations, New York State
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