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RCSD Community Update: 6/11/21

June 11, 2021

Dear RCSD Community,

I hope everyone will turn out in droves this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. for the Class of 2021 graduation float parade. The 10-float parade starts at the train station, makes its way down Purchase Street, winds its way around Fireman’s Circle, then proceeds down Milton Road before ending in front of the High School on Parsons Street. We hope the whole community will come out to cheer on our seniors.

Senior Prom/Graduation and 8th Grade Moving Up

Senior Prom went off without a hitch last Friday night at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle. After a brief shower, Mother Nature cooperated beautifully and the seniors had a terrific night. Graduation is planned for next Saturday, June 19, in Nugent Stadium, with a rain date of Sunday, June 20. We will also hold an 8th-grade moving up ceremony on Friday, June 25, for our Middle School students moving on to High School. Due to COVID restrictions, students may only bring two guests to these events; both ceremonies will be broadcast on LocalLive for family and friends. We are so grateful we can celebrate these important milestones in person once more.

School Mask Mandates

There was a little excitement last Friday afternoon when New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker sent a letter to the CDC asking if mask mandates in schools could be lifted - and asking for an answer by Monday. He got it; the CDC agreed that masks need not be worn outside on school grounds, but ordered schools to continue requiring masks indoors. 

I had a chance to visit the elementary and middle schools at recess and gym time this week. I found that many children have opted to remove their masks when outdoors. I would ask that parents remind their children that their classmates or teachers may not feel comfortable removing their masks - or they may have a medical reason for keeping their masks on - and that no one should be made to feel badly about wearing or not wearing a mask.

The CDC and Governor Cuomo both stated that it is likely that indoor mask mandates will be revisited over the summer, so the mask mandate may well disappear for the fall.  We already know that the desk partitions will likely not be required for the fall, but we’ll be holding on to them just in case. We will continue to communicate any new information as we receive it.

Case Update

Since my last community update on June 4, we have had no new cases of COVID-19 in the schools. 

Have a great weekend.

Sincerely,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools