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  • Collage of Rye Area NY public venues The City of Rye is located in southern Westchester County, New York, on the shore of Long Island Sound, 25 miles from New York City. Approximately 15,000 residents enjoy 5.5 miles of water vistas, nature and wildlife preserves, and open spaces, in addition to an active downtown, a municipal golf club, walking trails and history dating back to the 1600s.

    The Rye City School District includes three National Blue Ribbon elementary schools of Excellence serving grades K-5. Rye Middle School, also a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, serves students grades 6-8, and Rye High School, ranked among the top high schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek Magazine, provides a full range of curriculum opportunities at Regents, honors and Advanced Placement levels for ninth through twelfth graders. The Academy at Rye High School is a school of innovative learning, offering rigorous instruction that is interdisciplinary and founded in real-life applications through a largely project-based learning model.  

    The mission of the Rye City School District, in partnership with the community, is to ensure that every student is capable of becoming a life-long learner who can thrive in a global environment as a self-reliant and socially responsible citizen. To realize this mission, our schools will provide an engaging, challenging, personalized program that supports each individual’s talents and potential, in a fiscally responsible manner.

District News

  • RCSD Community Update: 9/17/21

    Week one is in the books. Thank you to everyone who helped make the start to school so smooth this year. I think it is in no small part due to the tremendously positive attitude of our students, faculty, and staff. We truly are Garnet Strong!

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  • RCSD Third-Day Message: 9/15/21

    Three days in! It has been a terrific start to school this year. Students and faculty alike are thrilled to be back together in what feels like a more typical September.

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  • RCSD Facilities Update: 9/12/21

    After an extraordinary cleanup push by our facilities and custodial staff, teachers and staff were able to return to the schools on Thursday and Friday to complete classroom set-up for the launch of the 2021-2022 school year.

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  • Remediation Progressing; All Schools Will Open Monday: 9/8/21

    I am pleased to inform you that our remediation efforts are progressing as planned and we are on track for welcoming students back to all schools in person on Monday, September 13. Our team, along with contractors, has been working tirelessly to make the necessary critical repairs to be ready to open on Monday. Our full staff and faculty will be on site tomorrow and Friday to make final preparations in classrooms. We look forward to seeing everyone back on campus. Stay well.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 9/5/21

    I hope you and your families are recovering well after tropical storm Ida. The impact of the storm on Rye has been significant with damage to homes, businesses, community spaces and, unfortunately, our schools. Across the district, all school buildings sustained flood damage. We will need to slightly alter our opening schedule to allow for clean up, repair and classroom set up that was delayed because of the storm. The school year will now begin for all students in person on Monday, September 13th.

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  • RCSD Fall Opening Update: 8/25/21

    I hope you’ve had a good summer. Thank you so much for all of your support and flexibility as we navigated the pandemic over the past two years. We are excited that our schools will be fully open for in-person learning. Our first day of school is Thursday, September 9. In August, the District received guidance regarding school opening from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) based on CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations. On August 24, incoming Governor Kathy Hochul directed the Department of Health (DOH) to institute universal masking for anyone entering New York schools. In addition, the Governor announced that all school employees will be required to show proof of vaccination or participate in regular COVID testing. We expect more details on this order in the coming days. This is a fairly lengthy communication as there is much to share.

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  • RCSD School Opening Update for Next Week

    I hope you and your family are enjoying the summer. I am writing with an update regarding school opening in September. More detailed information will follow in the coming weeks, but I wanted to outline some of the more critical components of the 2021-2022 school year that we know based on guidance from the New York State Education Department, CDC, and the American Academy of Pediatrics and impacted by the recent increase in cases in Westchester County resulting from the Delta variant:

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  • Revised RCSD Masking Guidelines Based on CDC Guidance: 8/2/21

    The District has received updated mask guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics' due to the surge in the Covid Delta variant. Effective immediately, mask-wearing will be required indoors for all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons. The District also still requires that everyone continue to monitor their health status prior to entering a school building and stay home when appropriate.

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  • RCSD July Community Update: 7/23/21

    I hope you and your families are having a wonderful summer! Back to School: I’ve been hearing from quite a few of you asking about what school will look like in the fall. The simple answer is that we’re not entirely sure. We have not received any guidance from the State as of yet; we are hopeful that they will issue some soon. I can tell you that we are expecting and planning that our schools will be fully open with no remote programming. As soon as we receive any information, I will communicate that out to the community.

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