RCSD Community Update: 3/4/22

Dear RCSD Community,

This was a fairly momentous week here in the school district. For the first time in a year and a half, students, faculty, and staff had a choice as to whether or not to wear masks in schools. From my travels around the schools, I’d venture a guess that 25% of students wore masks and 75% went without. What I am most proud of was the kindness and tolerance shown by students to their classmates with regards to their choice to wear or not wear a mask. Thank you for speaking to your children about tolerance for others’ decisions on masking; they clearly heard you!

Health Monitoring

Maintaining this new freedom of choice depends on the number of COVID-positive individuals remaining low. Now more than ever, it is important to remain vigilant for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms can be quite mild and could resemble a late-winter cold or those pesky spring allergies. Tests are plentiful, so if you or your student have symptoms, please take a test. Health care professionals recommend testing twice: once at the onset of symptoms, and once two days later when the virus may be more detectable. Please do your part to keep the community safe and give students the option to remain mask-free.

Case Update

Case numbers remain extremely low. On March 1, we had zero cases reported within the District. We have had eight cases reported since February 18 (the Friday before break). We will continue to report on cases every other night for the time being.

Vaccination Appointments at Rye Beach Pharmacy

Our friends at Rye Beach Pharmacy are continuing to offer dedicated appointments for first, second, and booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine at 464 Forest Avenue for the RCSD community.  Links to sign up are below. If the appointments fill, they will add more. 

Pediatric Pfizer appointments (5–11 years old):

https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=21676928&appointmentType=31144116

Adult Pfizer appointments (ages 12 and older):

https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=21676928&appointmentType=31144163

Live Musical Theater is Back!

I am so happy to be able to say that after two long years live, in-person musical theater is back!  Due to low COVID numbers, we are able to welcome families into the schools for performances. We have a number of events coming up very soon. The Osborn fifth graders will present “GAMEON!” on Tuesday, March 8, and Wednesday, March 9.  The Rye High School Parsons Street Players will be performing “Mary Poppins” on Friday, March 18, and two shows on Saturday, March 19. Rye Middle School will present “Annie Jr.” on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2. Please come out and support our students in both the cast and crew of these shows.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools