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RCSD Community Update: 11/5/21

November 5, 2021

Dear RCSD Community Member,

On Tuesday evening, the Director of the CDC approved a CDC panel recommendation that the Pfizer vaccine be approved for emergency use in children ages 5-11. This allows for vaccinations for this group to begin immediately. We hope that the school district will be authorized to become a vaccine site, however, we are still waiting on County and Department of Health approval. I will of course reach out to our elementary school parents if we are granted permission, but in the meantime, I understand that local pharmacies and pediatricians’ offices are vaccinating. I have also been in touch with Greenwich Hospital and they will vaccinate New York residents. Although they have no appointments currently available, they recommend checking back here as they will release additional slots: 

https://www.ynhhs.org/patient-care/covid-19/Vaccine/get-your-covid-vaccine

One of the benefits of being vaccinated is that fully-vaccinated children do not need to quarantine after exposure to a positive case unless they themselves have symptoms.  

We continue to hope that New York State will support a test-to-stay program; just yesterday,  Connecticut’s Governor announced a test-to-stay program is launching in their schools.

Case Update

We have had two new cases of COVID in the District since my last update: one was at Osborn School and resulted in no quarantines. The second case was connected to Milton School, but the actual exposure occurred outside of school. This case unfortunately did result in a number of quarantines.

Osborn Scare Fair

In other Tuesday happenings, Osborn School welcomed a big crowd for this year’s rescheduled Osborn Scare Fair. I personally enjoyed the sight of a student sitting on a bench eating a fairly large cake with her bare hands, which tells me that the famous Cake Walk was once again a smashing success!

Sophomore Class Trivia Night

The Class Officers for the RHS class of 2024 came up with a terrific idea: to hold a High School Trivia Night fundraiser on Election Night. The trivia questions fell into seven categories: Rye, Pop Culture, Sports, Geography/History, Random, Name that Logo, and Name that Song. There were about 35 contestants from all grades in teams of 3-5, prizes for the winning teams, and refreshments for sale. It was a great night with some serious competition with lots of laughs and the students raised over $200 for student activities.

Thanksgiving Holiday

I’ve received a few questions as to whether or not there will be a half-day off before Thanksgiving as there was in years past. I regret to say that the NY State Education Department has decreed that half days in a shortened school week no longer count towards the required 180 student school days per year. I apologize, but State Ed is the Grinch in this scenario!

Open Topics Forum, Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. in the RMS MPR

This coming Tuesday, November 9, is one of two annual Open Topics Forums the District offers at Board of Education meetings. During Open Topics Forums, members of the Board of Education meet informally with small groups of community members for approximately 20 minutes to listen to their comments, questions, and/or concerns. Board members will take notes and report the comments and concerns of the small groups to the re-assembled larger group. To participate, kindly RSVP in advance by 12:00 P.M. on Monday, November 8, to the following link: https://forms.gle/f3tvUHzwiMqfQjfG7 so we may prepare spaces to meet. As a reminder, all visitors to the schools must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. I hope to see you then!

 

Sincerely,

 

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools