RCSD Community Update: 2/18/22

Dear RCSD Community,

Mid-winter break is upon us! Schools will be closed all next week. District offices will be open Wednesday-Friday. For those who are planners, the RCSD 2022-23 calendar was approved at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting. Download it by clicking here. It is also posted in the calendar section of the District’s website.

Test Kit Distribution

The Governor has asked that families test their children twice after break: once on Sunday, February 27, and again three days later on Wednesday, March 2. To help families comply with the Governor’s request, we distributed test kits to each student at every school yesterday. Check your child’s backpack! Each kit contains two tests.  If you need additional kits, please ask your student to stop by their school health office after the break. Please report any positive results to the school nurse. If positivity numbers remain low, the Governor has said she will consider lifting the mask mandate in schools.

COVID-19 Cases

Our daily case counts continue to be low, with just nine cases since last Friday. Given the current focus on metrics, we will continue to communicate case counts every other weeknight. We will not communicate case counts or conduct surveillance testing over the break.

Red Cross Blood Drive at Milton School Thursday, Feb. 24

The Rye LEO’s Club (the high school version of the Rye Lions Club, of which I am a proud member) is hosting a Red Cross blood drive next Thursday, February 24, from 2-7 p.m. in the Milton School gym.  The drive at Milton is currently full, but there are many other drives available locally and the need is particularly great at this time. The link to sign up to give blood is here.

NARCAN Training

You may have seen some articles in the news media lately pertaining to fentanyl overdoses among students on Long Island. While I pray nothing of this kind ever happens here in Rye, I want to assure parents that our school nurses are all NARCAN-trained. NARCAN training teaches how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and administer the opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone.

Budget Presentations

At Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting, the Board heard presentations on the 2022-23 school year budgets for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (start watching at 2:50) and Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services (Start watching at 33:45). There will be more budget presentations at Board of Education meetings in the coming weeks. In addition, we will host a Community Budget Cafe on Saturday, March 19, at 9:30 am in the RMS Multipurpose Room. We hope you can join us then for a deep dive into the school district budget.

Snow Plow Visits

On Wednesday, the Department of Public Works parked the newly-named snow plows at each of the schools. Students went outside during lunch to see their chosen names and logos stenciled on the City snow plows. News12 even covered the story! To see the photos, check out the District’s Instagram or follow me on Twitter: @EricByrneRCSD

Enjoy the break!

Sincerely,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D

Superintendent of Schools