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  • Welcome and thank you for visiting the Osborn School web site.  Osborn School is an exceptional school within the reputable Rye City School District.   It was established in 1957 as one of three elementary schools in the beautiful community of Rye, New York, which is a small suburban community on the Long Island Sound, approximately 20 miles north of New York City.  We pride ourselves on being a neighborhood school, which serves kindergarten through fifth grade. We are a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a model educational organization that demonstrates a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students.

    The Osborn School campus sits on 3 acres of land, which is surrounded by playgrounds, playing fields and gardens also known as our outdoor classrooms. Our current enrollment is approximately 600 students and we have a faculty of 70 full time and part time members. The architecture and décor of Osborn School is traditional, which provides a true child-centered and community feel.  We have an auditorium which is used to hold school assemblies, music performances and community events; a center courtyard with a Japanese garden, fish pond and outdoor reading area; an exterior courtyard with fruit and vegetable gardens maintained by the children; a large gymnasium for physical and health education; a computer lab with 25 desk top computers, iPads and other mobile devices; a library with thousands of fiction and nonfiction texts for students, educators and parents; and 31 grade-level classrooms, as well as over 10 additional classrooms for studies in music, art and Spanish. There is a feeling of enthusiasm, passion, energy and a sense of community as you enter Osborn School. 

    The high quality of education at Osborn School has been achieved by a dedicated and caring faculty, staff and parent organization.  During all times of the year our hallways are filled with student artwork and written pieces that align with the New York State Common Core Learning Standards.  In all of our classrooms you will find educators promoting student inquiry, conceptual learning, discussion and academic risk-taking in a supportive and nurturing manner.  Throughout our school students, faculty, staff and parents are expected to live the iC.A.R.E. way- demonstrating Concern And Respect Every day.

    Osborn School is extremely privileged to have a diverse population. We have numerous families from all around the world, children and adults with various talents and children with various learning styles.  Osborn School is fortunate and grateful for the educational and social experiences these differences provide the school community. 

    The family/school relationship is a key factor in making Osborn School an outstanding educational institution. Our supportive relationship with our Parent Teacher Organization allows us to work together to provide our children with unique, creative and motivating programs that take them beyond the textbook.

    If you are currently an Osborn family, thank you for your dedication and support of our school.  If you are a prospective family, we encourage you to look around our web site to learn more about our school and contact us if you have any questions.  We would be happy to welcome you into our school community!

District News

  • RCSD Community Update: 1/14/22

    Late in the afternoon this Tuesday, the Westchester County Department of Health announced that it had at long last adopted the CDC’s recommendations to shorten quarantine/isolation for unvaccinated/exposed and COVID-positive students from 10 days to 5 days providing they are symptom-free. We contacted the families of almost 300 students on Wednesday to check on their symptoms and confirm their positive test dates/onset of symptoms in order to clear them for return to school. Approximately 150 students were able to return to school on Thursday. I recognize that for many parents having to wait another day was difficult, but we are required by the Department of Health to individually clear students for return to school.

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  • Student Quarantine/Isolation Reduced to Five Days by DOH: 1/11/22

    We have just received word from the Westchester County Department of Health that they have accepted the CDC’s recommendation to reduce isolation and quarantine for students from 10 to 5 days, given certain conditions are met. They are as follows:

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  • RCSD Community Update: 1/7/22

    I hope everyone enjoyed the snow day. Unlike Wednesday’s ice storm, Mother Nature really delivered on the good stuff today. Many people know I am a huge fan of the old-fashioned snow day. Everyone deserves a day off to build snow people, hit the hills on a sled, or merely lounge around in PJs eating pancakes and looking at the beautiful scene outside. Our children have had a lot taken away from them these past two years; I hope today brought them some simple joy.

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  • Quarantine Clarification Information: 1/3/22

    We’ve received a number of questions from parents about the rules regarding quarantine, and I hope this message will provide additional clarity. We understand that some local urgent care clinics are telling parents of COVID-positive students that they may return to school after 5 days of quarantine; this is NOT the case. The CDC has said that 5 days is sufficient but this has NOT yet been adopted by New York State or the County Department of Health with regard to students. We must legally continue to abide by a 10-day quarantine for students.

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  • Welcome Back Message from Dr. Byrne: 1/2/22

    Happy New Year! I hope those of you who were celebrating had a good holiday and all had an enjoyable winter break. For many families, COVID once again interrupted plans either due to illness or exposure, the struggle to access tests, or flight cancellations. While 2021 ended with a slew of challenges and a surge in cases, I believe there is cause for optimism as the severity of the Omicron variant seems to be significantly less than previous variants. As a community we must work together to keep everyone safe and continue to provide the best instructional program for our children. We must be calm, patient and work together as we move past these latest challenges.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 12/23/21

    I want to wish you all a very safe, very happy winter recess, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year. Wherever you may go (or stay), I hope you are able to spend time with loved ones, doing what you love, and taking some time to unwind, unpack, and recharge as we bid farewell to 2021. The last few weeks have been challenging with the surge of COVID cases and I am so appreciative to our school nurses and administrators who have been on the front lines, communicating with families, answering lots of questions, and keeping us moving forward. I am also grateful to our faculty and staff for their flexibility and creativity in supporting students be it in person or remotely. It has not been an easy two years for anyone, but I am so grateful to my colleagues for their professionalism and commitment to the children and families of Rye. I am optimistic that we will return to school in 2022 and finally put this pandemic behind us.

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  • RCSD December Superintendent's Bulletin

    Please read the December Superintendent's Bulletin here.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 12/17/21

    All was well at the schools today. I want to thank the Rye PD for their increased presence and our school security team for being extra-visible which helped to calm jittery nerves. There was no threat to the Rye schools at any point, but I appreciate the support of our local law enforcement officials.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 12/10/21

    December is here, and we have already seen the first few flakes of snow. We are prepping our snow day music -- just in case. I do my very best to make weather calls the night before to provide parents and guardians with the utmost notice, but it’s not always possible. Emails about delays and cancellations will come from me and will be accompanied by voicemail and text messages. Weather-related announcements are also posted to the pop-up bubble on the homepage of the District website. Additionally, I use Twitter, so be sure to follow me: @EricByrneRCSD

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