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RCSD Community Update: 1/21/22

Dear RCSD Community,

My apologies to those students (and some parents) who were hoping for a delay on Thursday morning.  While the initial forecast called for snow and icy roads during the morning commute, the warm temperatures made for a wet commute instead.  Hindsight being 20/20, I think I made the right weather call. 

Contact Tracing Changes

As you may have seen in my email about the new contact tracing guidelines, the State/County are no longer doing any contact tracing and the District is not either.  While phone calls have been deemed unnecessary, we will email parents when their children have been exposed. We will also assist parents of unvaccinated students with quarantine guidelines and parents of children who have tested positive with accessing live-streaming and health guidelines for return to school.

This shifts the onus for monitoring their children’s health more closely onto parents. If your child is sick, please do not send him/her to school without consulting the school nurse. The contact information for all school nurses is in the daily health reminder email that you are probably ignoring these days!

If you have questions about the new procedures, I am holding a Q&A session at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon on Google Meet. Click here to join.

COVID-19 Test Kits Available at CAB

We have received another shipment of iHealth COVID-19 nasal swab test kits from the State.  We will hold another distribution event but, in the meantime, if anyone is in need please stop by the District’s Central Administration Building at 555 Theodore Fremd, Suite B101, during normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Sharing Kits with Seniors

Last week, we dropped off a supply of COVID-19 nasal swab test kits at Rye Recreation for them to pass out to the Rye seniors who participate in the many activities the Rec offers. They are being distributed now and we hope they help the seniors stay safe and healthy. On February 2, Director of Health Services Tracey Barnett and I will be visiting Rye Recreation to demonstrate to the seniors how to use the test kits. 

Appointments Available at Second RMS Pop-Up Clinic

The good people at Rye Beach Pharmacy have set aside some time slots during the second after-school Pop-up clinic at RMS on Tuesday, February 1, for RCSD students to get booster shots. First and second doses are also available for students ages 5-11. The links to sign up for appointments are below. 

Pediatric Pfizer Vaccine Appointments for ages 5 -11:

https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=21676928&appointmentType=28121134

Standard Pfizer Vaccine Booster Appointments for ages 12 and up:

https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=21676928&appointmentType=29653041

If the time slots fill up, Rye Beach Pharmacy has said they will open more. If your child received their first dose at the January 11 pop-up clinic, they have already been scheduled for their second dose on February 1. Please check your email for a confirmation from Rye Beach.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!

Sincerely,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools