District News

  • RCSD Community Update: 2/26/21

    I hope everyone enjoyed a restful, regenerative mid-winter recess given that we are preparing to kick into high gear as we move forward with the District’s reopening plan. Beginning with our youngest learners, students will be returning to full-time, in-person learning starting on March 10. Please see the return timeline from my February 22 reopening communication. Fully-remote learning will still be available for those families who chose it for health or other reasons, but we are transitioning out of the hybrid model. Principals will be holding a series of virtual coffees (alas, you must bring your own java) to answer any questions parents/guardians may have.

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  • RCSD Full Reopening Update: 2/22/21

    I hope you had a good mid-winter break and found ways to have fun, rest, and recharge. There is much to look forward to in the coming weeks in our schools.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 2/12/21

    At most school breaks, we are all usually exhausted and ready for some downtime. I am not sure how to elucidate the feeling that many of us have today as we head off for mid-winter break; COVID-fatigued, screen glazed, or just plain done with all the extraordinary challenges we have been facing for nearly a year. In my community forums this week, I have spoken of the herculean efforts that our faculty, staff, and administration have made over these past months attempting to recreate education, engage children, and deliver the best possible educational program in incredibly challenging circumstances. I am grateful for all that our team has done in the face of such adversity.

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  • Rye High School Students Step Up to Help Rye Residents Make Vaccine Appointments

    An enthusiastic corps of Rye High School students are stepping up to help Rye seniors and other community members who are in need of assistance make online COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Beginning Monday, February 8, a barrage of tech-savvy student volunteers will man an RHS Vaccine Appointment hotline every Monday-Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The number to call is 914-967-6100, ext. 6204. Callers should have their health insurance and all contact information at the ready.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 2/5/21

    At a White House briefing today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced that the CDC will release guidance on school reopenings in the coming week. I will share this information with the community as soon as it is available.

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  • RCSD In-Person and Fully-Remote Survey/Last Night’s BoE Meeting/Reopening Q&As

    Thank you to those of you who were able to attend last night’s Board of Education meeting about the District’s proposed reopening. Unfortunately, the platform that the District uses for Board meetings, Google Meets, automatically caps meeting attendance at 250 on a first-come, first-served basis. We know that many in our community who wanted to watch the meeting were unable to do so, and for that, we apologize most sincerely. A video of the meeting will be posted to the District's website shortly. In the meantime, the presentation slide deck from last night’s meeting is attached for your reference.

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  • RCSD Community Update and COVID Testing Sign-Up Link

    It looks as if Mother Nature may be sending some snow our way on Sunday night into Monday. Please remember that while we might have rain and slush here in comparatively-balmy Rye, there may well be snow and ice on the roads our teachers and staff use to get to work. Also, the extreme cold snap that we are presently enduring will cause snow to rapidly accumulate on roadways. Please keep an eye or ear open for any weather-related announcements. I also post District-related announcements on Twitter @EricByrneRCSD. Feel free to follow me.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 1/22/21

    I am continually impressed by our students and their incredible sense of community as well as their desire to help others. A group of industrious Rye High School students has been working closely with our High School administrative team to develop a plan to support seniors in our community with scheduling appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. If you needed some inspiration or something to brighten your day - this is it. Kudos, kids!

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  • RCSD Community Update: 1/15/21

    The District has seen a marked decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases and in the number of students, faculty, and staff required to quarantine. There have been two positive cases at Rye High School and one at Midland School this week. Only the Midland case required any additional individual people to be quarantined, and, due to the new quarantine guidelines, the number of people required to quarantine as a result was quite small. Our hard work and months of lobbying the Department of Health seem to have paid off, enabling us to quarantine far fewer individuals. For more information about the Westchester County Department of Health’s new quarantine guidelines, see my communication from this Monday by clicking here. I am very hopeful that both of these encouraging new trends will continue.

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  • Department of Health Quarantine Guideline Changes

    I would like to begin by apologizing for the number of communications I have been sending, and will probably be sending in the near term, with the codicil that I feel it is important to keep parents/guardians informed and to share information as I receive it. Better to be over-informed than under-informed, or so I believe.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 1/8/21

    I hope you had a restful, relaxing winter recess. For many, this week has been anything but restful or relaxing. The events in Washington, D.C., the appearance of new strains of COVID-19, and the slow roll-out of the vaccine have combined to make this a stressful time for many in our community. Hopefully, we will soon begin to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

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  • Letter from the Superintendent Regarding Events in Washington, D.C.

    It is likely that your children may have seen or heard news of the violent acts at the U.S. Capital today. The images are disturbing and may be difficult for children (and adults) to process and could result in anxiety or fear. When you add this to the stresses already in place due to the pandemic, the result is that some members of our school community may be experiencing feelings of instability and upset. If your students need to speak to someone about their concerns, please reach out to one of our school counselors, psychologists, or social workers. Contact information is below. Teachers and administrators will remain watchful of your children during school-related discussions about current events. Please share any concerns you have about your children with their teachers, school psychologists, guidance counselors, and/or administrators.

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  • RCSD December Superintendent's Bulletin

    Read the RCSD December Superintendent's Bulletin here.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 12/18/20

    I hope that you and your families enjoyed yesterday’s snow day. It seems as if the decision to have an old-fashioned snow day was the first universally acclaimed decision I have made since the outset of the pandemic.

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  • Rye Middle School Principal Announcement

    I am so pleased to share with you that Rye Middle School will soon have a newly appointed Principal. I am recommending that the Board of Education appoint Interim Principal Joseph DiGiovanni as Principal of Rye Middle School, effective immediately.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 12/11/20

    The greasier - the better. As a way to manage the difficulties of COVID-19, each Friday at central office, we try to offset our stress by ordering comfort food from a local establishment.

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  • Community questions and RCSD administration answers from the Open Topics Forum on November 10, 2020

    Please read Open Topics Forum Questions and Answers here.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 11/20/20

    Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced five newly-designated micro-cluster yellow zones in Westchester County. Thankfully, Rye was not one of them. This is good news, although I remain cautious as zone designations are updated weekly.

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  • Letter from RCSD Board of Education re Community School Closings

    Since September, we have seen a steady increase in COVID-19 positivity rates in Rye, the surrounding communities, New York State, and the country. We recognize and appreciate the Governor and Legislature for all of their efforts to help contain the spread of the virus over these many months.

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  • RCSD Community Update

    Last night I decided to try and bring some normalcy to life by cooking dinner. In my house, cooking is my job, so lately it has been lots of take-out or cold cereal. While preparing the meal, my cell phone kept pinging with new email alerts. Thank you to the many members of our community who reached out and shared their contacts at medical groups and testing organizations. The outpouring of information and offers to help us meet this new challenge of COVID-19 testing is quite impressive and much appreciated.

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