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RCSD Community Update: 11/19/21

November 19, 2021

Dear RCSD Community,

It has been a very difficult day at Rye High School. Morgan was a wonderful person. Anyone who knew him even a little was treated to his bubbly personality, his quick wit, and his unfailing kindness. He will be very much missed. Students and teachers were deeply impacted by the loss of one of their own. Our counselors, faculty, and staff have been incredible in providing support. We are truly grateful for the assistance of the Rye Youth Council and the Harrison and Pleasantville schools, all of whom have provided counseling support, and for the Rye Police Department for bringing four BluePath service dogs to the school to provide canine comfort. Support is available over the weekend and in the days to come. Please see the earlier email from RCSD Communications with contact information and bereavement resources.

Changes to COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Schedule

There are some changes to the District’s COVID testing schedule for next week. We will host testing at RMS/RHS on Monday as per usual, but the testing site on Tuesday will be Midland School, not Osborn. There is no testing on Wednesday afternoon as we would not get the results in time for the holiday. Students, faculty, and staff from any school are welcome to be tested at either site, but it’s important that you pre-register as we are expecting a larger number of testees than usual: 

  1. Complete the online Pre-testing Registration Form prior to your arrival on the day of the test
  1. Print and Complete the RCSD COVID Surveillance Testing Consent Form & RCSD COVID Result Form and bring it with you to the testing location

Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic at RMS

The Westchester County pop-up vaccine clinics at RMS have been going smoothly. On Thursday, the County administered 174 doses. We were able to call down our waitlist as the County brought extra vaccines. Today, there are 140 students registered and we hope to be able to call down the waitlist again to bring in additional students. 

Case Update

We have had five new cases of COVID in the District since my last update: three were at Rye Middle School and two of those resulted in a small number of quarantines. One case was at Rye High School and one was at Osborn School; these cases did not result in any quarantines. We have had a few instances of parents/guardians failing to notify the District of positive test results. While we do hear about the cases from the DOH (sometimes days later), I want to remind everyone to please remember to keep us in the loop. I recognize that COVID fatigue is a real thing, but reporting is important in keeping us all safe and in school.

Tonight’s Varsity Football Game

The varsity football team takes on Minisink Valley in the regional finals tonight at 6:00 p.m. The game is away at Middletown High School; you can watch it on the NFHS Network here. NFHS is a subscription service so there is a fee for watching; a monthly pass is $10.99.

Sincerely,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools