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RCSD End of Year Update

Dear RCSD Community,

As you know, Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order closed schools for the remainder of the school year with a continuation of remote learning. Our school year was to have ended on Friday, June 26. When  the Governor mandated continuous remote schooling during what would have been our spring break week, we exceeded the mandated 180 days of schooling, and our faculty and staff are seven days over their contracted work days. As a result, the last day of school in the RCSD will be Wednesday, June 17. Governor Cuomo has also mandated that schools must continue remote learning on any unused snow days, so remote schooling will be in session on May 22 and May 26.

We know there are students who have personal possessions still at the various school buildings, and school materials (library books, Chromebooks, etc.) to return. We are working on plans for each of the buildings to open to allow socially-distanced student access to lockers and enable them to drop off school items. Building Principals will communicate those plans to parents and students shortly along with information about any end of year programming and events.

Plans are afoot to celebrate the Class of 2020 on Sunday, May 31, with a town-wide Graduation Caravan from 2:00 -4:00 pm. The parade route begins at Playland and winds throughout the City of Rye. Please see the parade route map at bottom. We hope the Rye Community will step outside safely, remain socially distanced, and make some noise to celebrate our graduating seniors on what would have been their graduation day.

School construction is considered an essential under the Governor’s ‘PAUSE’ order. Therefore, we are allowed to proceed with previously scheduled construction throughout the District. Starting next week, we will begin the following projects:

  • Rye Middle School curtain wall replacement

  • Rye High School and Rye Middle School electrical service upgrade

  • Rye High School and Rye Middle School bathroom renovations

  • Nugent Stadium turf and track replacement

  • Midland School electrical upgrade

  • Osborn School electrical upgrade

We are looking forward to seeing you, from a social distance, on May 31 if not before. In the meantime, stay well.


Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

RHS Graduation Caravan Route

Starting Point: Rye Playland Parking Lot

  1. Left turn onto Forest Avenue

  2. Right turn onto Hewlett Avenue


  4. Right on Milton Avenue

  5. Left on Oakland Beach Avenue


  7. Right on Theall Road

  8. Right on Playland Access Drive

  9. Left onto Playland Parkway

  10. Left onto Midland Avenue


  12. Left on Grace Church Street

  13. Enter Fireman’s Circle

  14. Exit Fireman’s Circle onto Milton Avenue

  15. Right onto Parsons Street


  17. Left onto Boston Post Road

  18. Left onto Playland Parkway

  19. Return to Rye Playland where car parade will end