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Online learning opportunities are available during the COVID-19 pause.  Please go to our home page and click on “Enroll Now” to sign up.

  • OACES Students:  Teachers will contact you when to return to campus.

  • Follow all information from government sources about COVID-19 / “Coronavirus”

  • Watch Facebook and website for continuing information

In light of the recent developments with COVID 19 resulting in the RCSD OACES closure, please be advised that our buildings are closed and programs interrupted. However, we want you to know that we are interested in your wellbeing and your education.

Here are some online learning tools that may interest you or members of your family:

English Language Learners:

  1. Crossroads Café


  1. Citizenship


Career and Technology Students:

  1. Workplace essentials


High School Equivalency:

  1. TASC Test Preparation


  1. Fast Forward Online Skills


Additional resources from the City of Rochester

Feeling ill? (Fever, Shortness of Breath, Coughing)

  • Call your health care provider right away
  • Don’t go to emergency, urgent care or your doctor without calling first
  • No health care provider? Call the County COVID-19 hotline at: 753-5555.

Need child care for your family?

Call the Child Care Council at 654-4720 or visit www.childcarecouncil.com

Questions about City of Rochester services?

  • Call 311 (428-5990 outside city limits)

Need police, fire or ambulance?

  • Call 911

Need internet access or access library resources to apply for benefits and access government services?

  • All city libraries will remain open during their regular operating hours through March 22

Grab and Go Meals During School Closures

The following R-Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday to provide meals to the city’s school-age children:

  • Adams Street, 85 Adams St. 
  • Ave D, 200 Ave. D
  • Carter St., 500 Carter St.
  • Tyshaun Cauldwell, 524 Campbell St.
  • Frederick Douglass, 990 South Ave.; 
  • Flint Street, 271 Flint St.
  • David Gantt, 700 North St.
  • Trenton and Pamela Jackson (Clinton-Baden), 485 N. Clinton Ave.
  • Thomas Ryan, 530 Webster Ave.

Children will be served pre-packaged breakfast, lunch and dinner meals.

Meals at Schools

The following Rochester City School District schools will provide grab-and-go breakfast lunch and dinner between 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday:

  • East Upper & Lower School, 1801 E. Main St.
  • Dr. Freddy Thomas Campus, 625 Scio St. 
  • the former Jefferson High School, 1 Edgerton Pk.
  • James Monroe High School, 164 Alexander St. 
  • John Williams School No. 5, 555 Plymouth Ave.
  • Wilson Foundation Academy, 200 Genesee St.  
  • School #42, 3330 Lake Ave.

Other Resources from NYS Department of Labor

New York Unemployment Insurance Program
General Information about the Unemployment Insurance Program:


To file a UI claim online:


To file a claim by telephone number:


Coronavirus update: New York is providing updates on Unemployment Insurance changes related to COVID-19 here:

Additional resources from Monroe County



Federal Legislation signed on 3/18/20 may provide SNAP recipients of households with children who would otherwise receive free or reduced-price meals if not for their schools being closed additional, supplemental  emergency benefits. These supplemental benefits will be issued when additional guidance from the State and Federal government is received. Due to the volume of requests expected, we are prioritizing households that have not received SNAP in March, but all requests will be addressed.

Individuals in need of a benefit cards should call 585-753-6006 for a card to be mailed to them within 24 hours.

School Districts Outside of Monroe County

Families outside of the City of Rochester who are eligible for free or reduced meals should also check with their local school district to find out more information on food distribution in your district.

City of Rochester R-Centers

The City of Rochester and Foodlink are providing pre-packaged breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, at the following city R-Centers and schools between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.:

  • Adams Street R-Center, 85 Adams St.
  • Avenue D R-Center, 200 Avenue D
  • Carter Street R-Center, 500 Carter St.
  • Tyshaun Cauldwell R-Center, 524 Campbell
  • Frederick Douglass R-Center, 990 South Ave.
  • Flint Street R-Center, 271 Flint St.
  • David Gantt R-Center, 700 North St.
  • Trenton and Pamela Jackson R-Center (Clinton-Baden), 465 N. Clinton Ave.
  • Thomas Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave.
  • East Upper & Lower School, 1801 E. Main St.
  • Freddy Thomas Campus, 625 Scio St.
  • The former Jefferson High School, 1 Edgerton Pk.
  • James Monroe High School, 164 Alexander St.
  • John Williams School No. 5, 555 Plymouth Ave.
  • Wilson Foundation Academy, 200 Genesee St.

Thank you,

Paul Burke, Director