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RCSD Community Update: 12/10/21

December 10, 2021

Dear RCSD Community,

December is here, and we have already seen the first few flakes of snow. We are prepping our snow day music -- just in case. I do my very best to make weather calls the night before to provide parents and guardians with the utmost notice, but it’s not always possible. Emails about delays and cancellations will come from me and will be accompanied by voicemail and text messages. Weather-related announcements are also posted to the pop-up bubble on the homepage of the District website. Additionally, I use Twitter, so be sure to follow me: @EricByrneRCSD

City Snow Plow Naming Project

To spread a little seasonal cheer, the City of Rye has decided to allow each of the elementary schools and RHS/RMS to name one of the City’s snowplows. Students at Midland, Milton, Osborn, and Rye Middle/High Schools learned this morning that they will hold school-wide votes on potential names. The City Manager has said the trucks will visit the schools once their new names are emblazoned on their sides! I am secretly hoping that one of the schools chooses Plowy McPlowface as their truck's name.

Test-to-Stay Program

As I communicated earlier today, the District will begin a Test-to-Stay program this coming Monday. Test-to-Stay is a means of keeping unvaccinated, asymptomatic, exposed students in school by means of nasal swab testing each day prior to entering a school building. For more information, click here.

Case Update

As I communicated this Monday, we’ve seen a bit of a spike in cases since my last community update. We have had four cases at RHS, five at RMS, eight at Midland, one at Milton, and one at Osborn School. Three of the cases resulted in quarantines. We hope that as our elementary school students continue to get vaccinated, we will see lower case counts and smaller numbers of students required to quarantine. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely, 

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools