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RCSD Full Reopening Update: 2/22/21

February 22, 2021

Dear Rye Community,

I hope you had a good mid-winter break and found ways to have fun, rest, and recharge. There is much to look forward to in the coming weeks in our schools. 

On February 2, I presented a proposed full reopening plan to the Board of Education and the community. Since that presentation, we collected data from the school community identifying in-person or remote preferences, we have worked collaboratively with faculty and staff to prepare our facilities to ensure that our schools are safe for all and have been in constant contact presenting our full reopening plan to the NYS Department of Health. Additionally, six well-attended, interactive, community forums were held to present information and get feedback from families.  The original presentation included an aggressive proposed timeline that preceded the release of updated guidance from the CDC and the US Department of Education. After careful review and consultation with the Department of Health about the new guidance, I am pleased that we can now firmly specify the dates for our full phased reopening. 

The phased reopening plan incorporates the necessary planning time for faculty and staff in advance of students returning to a school day.  Please note a change to the current school calendar. March 12 had been planned as a District-wide professional development day with no classes for students. In the new phased reopening plan, the professional development day will be different for each grade level as specified below.  While RMS will still have a professional development day on March 12, it will be a regular school day for K-5 (full-day in-person/remote) and 9-12th grade (hybrid/remote). 

Wednesday, March 10 - Kindergarten and First Grade Full Return to School

  • Monday, March 8 - Grades K and 1 fully asynchronous remote school day (planning and final preparation for teachers)
  • Tuesday, March 9 - Grades K and 1 Professional Development Day - no school for students (planning and final preparation for teachers)

Monday, March 15 - Rye Middle School Full Return to School

  • Thursday, March 11 - RMS fully asynchronous remote school day (planning and final preparation for teachers)
  • Friday, March 12 - RMS Professional Development Day - no school for students (planning and final preparation for teachers)

Wednesday, March 17 - Second through Fifth Grade Full Return to School

  • Monday, March 15 - Grades 2-5 fully asynchronous remote school day (planning and final preparation for teachers)
  • Tuesday, March 16 - Grades 2-5 Professional Development Day - no school for students (planning and final preparation for teachers)

Monday, March 22 - Rye High School Ninth and Tenth Grades Full Return to School

  • Thursday, March 18 - Grades 9 and 10 fully asynchronous remote school day (planning and final preparation for teachers)
  • Friday, March 19 - Grades 9 and 10 Professional Development Day - no school for students (planning and final preparation for teachers)

Wednesday, April 7 -  Rye High School Eleventh and Twelfth Grades Full Return to School

  • Monday, April 5 - Grades 11 and 12 fully asynchronous remote school day (planning and final preparation for teachers)
    • Voluntary COVID Testing for 12th-grade students 
  • Tuesday, April 6 - Professional Development Day - no school for students (planning and final preparation for teachers)
    • Voluntary COVID Testing for 12th-grade students

You may have more questions related to specific procedures at your child’s schools, so beginning the week of Monday, March 1, our principals will be holding virtual parent meetings to share information and answer questions about the phased full reopening. Dates, times, and links for the meetings will be shared later this week. 

We are all excited and a bit anxious about the full reopening of schools. Change can be uncomfortable and keeping everyone safe and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our community are critically important. Thank you and stay well.   

 

Sincerely,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools