District News

  • 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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  • Open Topics Forum at November 10 Board of Education Meeting

    This fall’s Open Topics Forum will take place at the November 10 Board of Education meeting. In “normal” years, Open Topics is a special opportunity for members of the community to meet in person with Board of Education members in an informal setting to ask questions about points of interest or concern.

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  • RCSD Community Update

    As if this week hasn’t already had its share of confusion, the District has been receiving a fair amount of new - and sometimes bewildering - rules and regulations. I apologize in advance for the length of this communication; there is much to convey and, hopefully, to clarify.

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  • RCSD October Superintendent's Bulletin

    Read the RCSD October Superintendent's Bulletin here.

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  • RCSD Community Update

    In keeping with the theme of 2020, today we are dealing with heavy rain and high winds resulting from the remnants of hurricane Zeta. Even with the weather challenges of the day, Halloween is still a source of lots of fun in the schools. Children came dressed in costume and enjoyed festive activities and programs.

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  • New Supervisor of Elementary Special Education Introduction

    I am so pleased to share with you the exciting news that Jessie Wallace will be joining the administrative team at Rye City School District as the Supervisor of Elementary Special Education. Ms. Wallace was appointed to the position in October and will begin work on November 2, 2020.

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  • Rye High School Inductees to the National Honor Society

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  • RCSD Community Update

    This week was marked by the return of in-person classes at Rye High School, the launch of intramural sports at Rye Middle School, the kickoff of additional remote learning supports for quarantined students at the three elementary schools, and continuing COVID-19-related guidance challenges. Fortunately, many of our students, staff, and faculty who were in quarantine are now back to school and regular activities.

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