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RCSD Week Two Community Update

September 18, 2020

Dear Rye Community,

We have now successfully completed our first full week of hybrid learning. Familiar daily routines are starting to solidify while the new procedures and protocols necessary for health and safety are in place and running smoothly. We will continue to make modifications in an effort to improve efficiency and enhance the daily school experience for all. For example, we have made some changes in the hallway directional flow at the High School and Middle School based on student and faculty feedback. In addition, we are working to refine the daily health assessment form submission process. We know this is not everyone’s favorite part of the day, but it’s important for keeping everyone safe.

Our first all-remote Wednesday went smoothly. I had a chance to walk the halls of the High School/Middle School and it was encouraging to see all the teachers seamlessly broadcasting classes from their classrooms. Overall, we saw a significant improvement in technology usage this week. As a result, the number of help desk tickets from students, teachers, and parents has steadily decreased. While Google had some minor glitches early in the week, those were quickly resolved. We have just received the first of several shipments of individual teacher microphones. It is our hope that they will help students to better hear teachers whose voices may have been muffled due to mask-wearing. In the meantime, if your student is having trouble hearing, please be sure to reach out to the teacher directly to let them know.

Back to School Night programming has begun; Rye Middle School kicked off the year for the 6th-grade families last night. Parents attended virtually; many thanks to our faculty and staff for creating informative presentations and answering questions live via the chat function of Google Meet. RMS 7th and 8th grade Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 24. Rye High School’s will be on Thursday, October 1. Midland, Milton, and Osborn School’s will all be held on Thursday, October 8. School Principals will send a separate communication with Google Meet links for these programs.

Please continue to submit general questions and comments to the feedback line at Feedback@ryeschools.org.

Wishing you a wonderful fall weekend,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools