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RCSD Community Update: 10/29/21

October 29, 2021

Dear RCSD Community,

It was great fun to visit the schools today and see students in costumes participating in outdoor parades and generally having a wonderful time celebrating the lead-up to one of the all-time favorite kid holidays. Mother Nature, which left us fairly unscathed with this week’s nor'easter, is bringing some more unsettled weather to town on Saturday, causing the Osborn Scare Fair to be rescheduled from Saturday to Tuesday, November 2. Children will be off from school for Election Day, so come on down to Osborn School from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Test-to-Stay
Governor Hochul has directed that decisions regarding Test-to-Stay and other health-related directives be decided at the local level, effectively putting the decision into the hands of County Executives. I have been in touch with Westchester County Executive (and Rye resident) George Latimer, and am hopeful that we will soon be allowed to begin using a Test-to-Stay program to test students, faculty, and staff exposed to a COVID-positive individual to allow them to continue to go to school as long as they test negative and remain symptom-free.

Rye Commissioner of Public Safety
At last week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Cohn announced the appointment of a new Commissioner of Public Safety for Rye, Mr. Mike Kopy. Mr. Kopy has 30 years of law enforcement experience, having risen through the ranks of the state police, eventually becoming a troop commander and later serving as internal affairs officer for the southern portion of New York State. He has also been a long-time volunteer firefighter in Mamaroneck, serving as fire chief at one time. I had a chance to sit down with Mr. Kopy this week and we spent some time talking about how the schools and Rye PD and FD can work together on everything from emergency response to student and parent safety education. We look forward to working with Mr. Kopy as he settles into his new role.

Election/Superintendent’s Conference Day
Next Tuesday, November 2, is Election Day. The District’s schools will be closed for students, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything going on in our school buildings. Teachers, faculty, and staff will be attending Superintendent’s Conference Day, a day dedicated to professional development. There are workshops on Active Learning and Technology for high school faculty; Interactive Read-Aloud best practices for elementary teachers, and a deep-dive into math and ELA assessments for Middle School teachers, to name just a few of the many choices. We will also dedicate time to begin unpacking the NY State Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework in departmental groups. 

Case Update
Since my last update, we have had one COVID case at Milton School which fortunately did not require any additional quarantines.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween!

 

Sincerely,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools