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RCSD Community Update

September 5, 2020

RCSD Community Update

Dear RCSD Community,

We are now just a few short days away from the first day of school for the 2020-21 school year, a school year that will undoubtedly be very different from what any of us have ever known. 

Hopefully, parents, students, faculty, and staff feel as prepared and informed as possible. For those interested in a refresher, all of the individual school parent Q&A sessions are posted on the website here

I have a few updates to share with you.  I am happy to report that every single classroom in the High School and Middle School is now outfitted with webcams for streaming of instruction. Given the disruptions in the supply chain and the difficulties many of our fellow districts have had securing enough webcams, we feel incredibly fortunate to have the technology in place in time for the beginning of the school year. Our elementary school classrooms that require webcams have also been outfitted. 

The District has ordered 3,500 3-sided polycarbonate desk shields. As of today, we have received 1,500 shields and are expecting the remainder to arrive over the weekend to be in place for Tuesday. Again, we feel incredibly lucky to have been able to secure these protections,

As you know, parents are required to submit a daily health assessment for their students each day they are in a school building. The District has opted for an electronic health form submission program. Details on the program will be sent via email later on this weekend. Students will not be allowed to enter the school buildings without a completed health assessment form. If they arrive without a form, they will be asked to remain outside while their temperature is taken, and someone from the school will contact you to ask you to fill out the form. As a parent, I know this is a situation that no child ever wants to be in, so please do your best to remember to fill out the form.

Absence reporting will be incredibly important this year. If your student is absent - for any reason - you must inform your student’s school using your school’s absence line or email. You will be asked to provide detailed information about the student’s reason for absence, all of which will be kept confidential. If you do not report your student absent, someone from the school will be contacting you directly for more information.

Absence email addresses for the schools are as follows:

○ RHS: Pamela Smith smith.pamela@ryeschools.org

○ RMS: Lynn Mazzola mazzola.lynn@ryeschools.org

○ Midland: Midland Absence Line absence.midland@ryeschools.org

○ Milton: Lisa Carter absence.milton@ryeschools.org

○ Osborn: Osborn Absence Line absence.osborn@ryeschools.org

Technology is going to play an enormous role in school this year.  If you or your student are struggling with technology, we have resources in place to help you. Parents/guardians should fill out a Parent Help Desk form, and students should fill out a Student Help Desk form. The Technology Department will respond to your inquiry promptly.

We look forward to welcoming your children back on Tuesday. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

Sincerely,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools