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RCSD Community Update: 10/1/21

Dear RCSD Community,

Happy October! We have a lot to celebrate this month. Tomorrow, October 2, is National Custodial Workers Day. The District’s custodial staff has been absolutely incredible this year, keeping our schools spotless in the wake of Ida, the resulting remediation, and ongoing construction.  I wrote about their dedication in my letter in September’s Superintendent’s Bulletin. I know our parent organizations have some special things planned for our custodians to thank them, but if you see one of these wonderful gentlemen around the schools, please add your thanks. October is also National Principals Month. Please take a moment to acknowledge your school principal(s) for their contribution to student - and teacher - success. 

Rye PD and FD to the Rescue

A huge thank you to the Rye Fire and Police Departments who responded to Parsons Street in front of the high school on Tuesday afternoon when a deer slipped on the rain-soaked street and became lodged underneath a parked car. The Fire Department was able to jack up the car to free the deer who headed off down Milton Road, hopefully to much greener pastures. 


I am sorry to have to report that we had a case of COVID-19 on Monday at Milton School which resulted in a small number of quarantines based on exposure.  We are exploring some possible changes to lunch seating in the elementary schools to try to enhance social distancing in an effort to avoid potential quarantines. 

Helmet Hunt

Over the summer, 70 of our modified (middle school) football helmets that were sent to Riddell in Philadelphia were destroyed in a factory fire. Happily, after a relentless search by our Director of Athletics, Susan Reid Dullea, the Millbrook Central School District has loaned us 40 certified helmets for the fall season. We are so grateful to Millbrook and its Board of Education for approving the loan. We are still on the hunt for an additional 33 helmets. If anyone has any leads, we would be most appreciative.

RHS Garnets Sports & The Game

I have had the pleasure of seeing several high school teams on the fields and courts this week  including volleyball, soccer, and tennis. Last Friday, the varsity football team took on the Headless Horsemen of Sleepy Hollow at Nugent Stadium. This was the first Friday Night Lights event in two years for many in our community and the stands were full for a 35-14 win over the Horsemen; the team is currently undefeated going into The Game. The Game is a euphemism for the legendary annual Rye-Harrison football game which is being held at McGillicuddy Stadium at Harrison High School this year. For those of you watching from home, the link on LocalLive is: 

Gates open and tickets go on sale at 1:30 p.m. and kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. Click here for all the details.  I hope to see many of you there on game day, and Let’s Go Garnets!


Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools