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RCSD Community Update: 6/18/21

June 18, 2021

Dear RCSD Community,

Thank you to the many of you who turned out for the Class of 2021 graduation float parade this past Sunday. It was a beautiful day and the seniors had a terrific time. Thank you to the Rye Police Department for the traffic assistance and to the Fire and Police Departments for the emergency vehicles that participated in the parade. 

Changes to Graduation, 8th-Grade, and 5th-Grade Moving Up Ceremonies

Just in time for the upcoming Class of 2021 Graduation and 5th- and  8th-grade Moving Up ceremonies, the New York State Department of Health has significantly relaxed COVID regulations around end-of-year school celebrations. Proof of vaccination/testing are no longer required and capacity limits have been lifted. While social distancing is still required for those who are unvaccinated, masks are no longer necessary for those attendees who are vaccinated. We are so thrilled that our seniors, 5th-, and 8th-graders can experience a traditional graduation and only slightly modified outdoor moving up ceremonies. 

Graduation is this Saturday, June 19, at 10:00 a.m., with a rain date of Sunday (knocking wood it is not necessary).  This is one year when I’m pretty sure no one will complain about baking out on the turf!

Case Update

Since my last community update on June 11, we have had no new cases of COVID-19 in the schools. 

Appreciation

The last sixteen months have been incredibly challenging for our entire community. Families grappled with the difficulties of remote and hybrid learning. Children missed out on social events, activities, and all that comes with a typical school year. Teachers and staff had to redesign their teaching methods and navigate new technology with students in the classroom and on a computer screen simultaneously. Administrators had to make countless dreaded quarantine calls. We all had our noses swabbed too many times, had to quarantine, had to quarantine again, and have been wearing masks for far too long. As we approach the end of the school year, I thank you for your patience, flexibility, understanding, and ability to ‘go with it’ as we navigated this crazy path together. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a teacher, a parent, a colleague, etc. to express your thanks for their support and efforts over the past sixteen months. We all appreciate kind words now and again. So to our families and students, thank you. To my colleagues in the classrooms, offices, kitchens, and across the schools, thank you.

Have a terrific weekend and a very Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!

Sincerely,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools