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RCSD Week Four Community Update

October 2, 2020

Dear Rye Community,

Last night marked the very first virtual Rye High School Back to School Night. Typically, this event is held at the school and is a night of racing through crowded and occasionally sweltering hallways trying to find your child’s next class. Being 2020, and a year of many firsts, our teachers presented virtually, sharing their programs and class information without crowds or parking issues. We’ve received many positive emails about the evening with accolades for a well run, informative program. Kudos to the faculty and staff at RHS for their efforts in making the night a success. Next Thursday evening, our elementary schools will host their Back to School Night programs and I am sure they will also be a success.

The past few days have brought distressing news as County and State COVID-19 infection rates continue to climb. Hopefully, our preventative measures and interventions will stop any spread from reaching our schools. Please be sure to continue completing the daily health assessment as this critical information helps us to keep our community healthy. We continue to examine our program, consult with DOH experts, and look for ways to improve and evolve our hybrid model. Just today, I spoke with our County Executive George Latimer about the continuing need for face masks, social distancing, and other measures of prevention. We appreciate your support in ensuring that our students come to school with appropriate face masks each day. 

In what feels like a giant step forward, our athletics programming at the High School began this past Tuesday. Student-athletes put on their cleats and began running drills and preparing for competition. In the very near future, our beloved Nugent Stadium will reopen for physical education classes and athletic contests as construction on the turf field and track nears completion. We are fortunate that our neighbors in the Harrison Schools, School of the Holy Child, and Rye Recreation have helped us out by sharing their field space with our teams. Many thanks to all for their support and best wishes to all our student-athletes for a successful season. 

Please continue to share any comments or questions with us at feedback@ryeschools.org.

Have a terrific fall weekend.

Sincerely,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools