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RCSD Community Update, March 17, 2020

Dear RCSD Community,

Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo and County Executive George Latimer announced that all New York state schools are to be closed for two weeks - until April 1. Therefore, the Rye City Schools will also remain closed until April 1. In the announcement, it was also made clear that it is a strong possibility that State and County authorities may extend school closings beyond April 1. I will keep you apprised of any changes to the closing time period as soon as I learn of them. 

Our meal provision support program began yesterday and will continue throughout the school closing. Those in need may pick up grab-n-go meals at the Rye High School cafeteria. We are providing breakfast and lunch and will be open from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM each day. Please follow the signs to the RHS kitchen. 

With the exception of the RHS cafeteria and kitchen, all RCSD facilities are closed. This includes school buildings, playgrounds, fields, and all other outdoor spaces.The Central Administration Office at 555 Theodore Fremd Avenue is also closed, but school administrators, teachers, and clerical staff are available via email. 

Board of Education meetings are continuing to take place virtually. Tonight’s 8 p.m. Board of Education meeting may be seen online at: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/412319053

You may also dial in to the meeting via phone:

United States: +1 (872) 240-3311
Access Code: 412-319-053

I will provide further updates on grades 3-8 Testing, New York State Regents exams and AP exams for our secondary students when more information is available. The College Board has canceled the SAT exams for both March 28 and May 14. We do not have information about rescheduling at this time. 

Thank you for your support and understanding as we have worked to build a remote learning platform. Our amazing teachers have been working very hard to learn and deploy this new system ‘on the fly’ and we deeply appreciate all of their efforts. Of course, no remote program will replicate the same high-quality experience as our regular classroom instruction. Please know that we are doing our best with the materials and resources available and will continue to work hard on behalf of our students. We ask for continued collaboration, with patience and good will, as we launch this new venture on behalf of the Rye community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Eric Byrne