Return to Headlines

RCSD Race, Inclusivity and Community Task Force Application Information

Dear Rye Community,

As educators, we are committed to providing a school environment that is inclusive, just, and focused on equity for all. As such, it is incumbent upon us to begin and pursue a conversation that explores the issues of racism, inclusivity, equity, and community in our schools. 

We have begun to form a task force that will take on the challenge of ensuring that we provide a school environment that supports all students and provides equity in opportunity. We are committed to following a comprehensive process that will seek to identify areas where we fall short and determine opportunities for growth, and develop a plan that will ensure we achieve equity for all. The task force on race, inclusivity and community will focus on several key areas:

  • Student Support
  • Curriculum
  • Professional Development and Staff Support
  • Community Education
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

The task force will bring together stakeholders including students/alumni, faculty, and community members to participate in this important work. The task force will identify community-based organizations and experts in the field of equity to become our partners in this critically important work. The task force, currently composed of faculty and staff with varying backgrounds, will expand to include:

  • Current students
  • Alumni
  • Families/community members

The task force will work to form partnerships with community organizations and outside experts for resources, expertise, and to extend the reach of the Rye City School District community beyond current students, parents, faculty, and staff. Interested community members who wish to participate on the task force are encouraged to complete a Task Force Application. Applications will be reviewed by current members of the task force and selected community members will be invited to join. 

There is vital work to be done to create a more equitable, inclusive environment in our schools and we are committed to ensuring that change happens. As the task force moves forward with their work, we will provide regular communication to all stakeholders. We thank the task force in advance for their service to our schools and to the broader Rye community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Eric Byrne
Superintendent of Schools