District News

  • RCSD Community Update 5/14/21

    As is the case with almost everything this year, we’ve had a hard time getting an answer from the State Education Department about snow/emergency closings. After finally receiving some clarity, I can now communicate that all District schools and offices will be closed next Friday, May 28, as a result of only using two snow/emergency days this year. Each year, the school district calendar is built with a certain number of snow days that exceed our required number of school days. When we do not use all of our snow days, we have what we call ‘giveback days’ when schools are closed. As Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency on one of our snow days, we have a ‘giveback’ day which is noted on the approved calendar as May 28. Thank you for all of your flexibility as we continue to grapple with constant changes in guidance and mandates.

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  • Update on 8th Grade Physical Science Exam and Earth Science Regents Exam

    I am writing with an update on this year’s Grade 8 New York State science assessments. All 8th grade students will have the option to take the 8th Grade Physical Science Exam or the Earth Science Regents Exam, depending on which course they are enrolled in this year. Parents must decide whether their child will intend to take this year’s state assessment or Regents exam. Neither assessment has a bearing on your child’s final science grade or graduation requirement.

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  • Race Inclusivity and Community Task Force Update: 5/12/21

    At the May 4th Board of Education meeting, we heard clear consensus from all who spoke about both the need for the Race, Inclusivity and Community Task Force and the desire to have a stronger sense of inclusion in our schools for all students. Still, there is some lingering misinformation being perpetuated about the work and the Task Force. We are writing to correct these inaccuracies and provide the facts.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 5/7/21

    This Friday, I have some exciting news to share with you. The RCSD has been chosen by White Plains Hospital to serve as a pop-up clinic site to administer the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to our students on Friday, May 21, during the school day, with the second dose to follow on Friday, June 11. The Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for children ages 16+, but there is the distinct possibility it will be approved for use in ages 12-15 by May 21. White Plains Hospital has asked us to gauge parent interest in students receiving the vaccine. If you are interested in having your RHS, RMS, and/or 5th-grade student (age 12 or above) vaccinated on May 21/June 11, please complete the Google form linked below. Please complete a separate form for each of your children.

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  • Focus on Excellence Budget Newsletter

    Coming soon to mailboxes around Rye. Read the RCSD Focus on Excellence Budget Newsletter here first.

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  • 2021-22 School District Budget Vote and Board of Education Election Information

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  • Watch the League of Women Voters Candidates Forum

    Watch the YouTube video of the League of Women Voters RSCD BOE Candidates Forum here.

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  • Learn More About the BOE Candidates

    On May 18, the community will vote on the school district’s annual budget for the 2021-22 school year. It will also vote to elect Board of Education members. Three seats are up for election this year. Current Board members Callie Erickson and Chris Repetto have announced they will seek reelection; Kelly Smith-Powers will not. There are eight candidates on the ballot:

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  • RMS Student Technology Update: 5/1/2021

    As you know, since August, every RMS student has had their own assigned Chromebook device. Students are required to come to school each day with their device charged and in its carrying case. When students are in school, we ask that they only use their Rye Google Apps for Education account credentials. Logging into personal email accounts during school hours is not permitted.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 4/30/21

    To use a Derby metaphor, we are in the final stretch of the school year. Less than two months are remaining, but those will be busy days indeed. I am hoping they are happy and healthy days for you and your families.

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  • RCSD April Superintendent's Bulletin

    Dear RCSD Community Member, Please click here to read the April Superintendent's Bulletin from the RCSD website. Enjoy the weekend!

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  • RMS Drop Off/Pick Up

    I hope you and your family are well. Rye Middle School and Rye High School students have been back to fully in-person school for six weeks now, and we are thrilled to report that students love being back in school. As more students return to both buildings, morning drop-off is becoming a concern. In order to keep students safe when they are dropped off, we ask that parents, guardians, and caregivers use the drop-off zones in front of the high school for both middle and high school students. Please do not double park on Parsons Street and look for direction from the traffic guard. Parents should drop their children off by 7:45 a.m. at the latest for an 8:00 a.m. school start time.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 4/23/21

    On April 12, the NYSED Board of Regents (the governing board of NYS schools), launched an initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion across all NYS schools. They created a draft framework of guidance for all schools to work towards called The NYS Board of Regents Framework on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in New York. The guidance recognizes that there is no single answer that will solve society’s pervasive problems. It further explains that NYSED and NYS Schools will be part of a holistic and inclusive solution to racism and bigotry. With an expectation and charge that local school districts will begin the important work of creating sustainable change that will create learning communities that are more diverse, equitable and inclusive, this is the strongest challenge yet that the Board of Regents has given to schools.

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  • Letter to the community about the District’s Race, Inclusivity and Community Task Force: 4/23/21

    In recent weeks, the Board of Education has received several comments (via email and at our public Board Meetings) about the Race, Inclusivity and Community Taskforce. We are writing this letter in response to those inquiries and to provide more detail about the formation of the task force.

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  • Increased Mental Health Supports for RCSD Students, Families, and Faculty/Staff

    As part of the District’s COVID Recovery Plan, we are committed to providing increased mental health support in our schools. As discussed at the April 6 Board of Education meeting, we are partnering with Effective School Solutions (ESS) in this important work.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 4/16/21

    Things are feeling a lot more “business as usual” over at the High School these days. This week, RHS students and faculty participated in the traditional spirit week activities in preparation for tomorrow’s 3:00 p.m. Rye Harrison football game. Students, faculty, and staff dressed in red, white, and blue, beach attire, and even robes and pajamas. An after-school pep rally is planned for high school students (only) today to pump everyone up for The Game. Unfortunately, New York State Department of Health regulations prevent fans from gathering in Nugent Stadium, but players are allowed to invite two spectators each so there won’t be a shortage of socially distanced cheers on Sunday. The game will be broadcast live on the LocalLive free streaming service for the wider Rye and Harrison communities to watch: https://events.locallive.tv/school/rye-hs

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  • International Travel Quarantine Update

    I am writing to provide an update regarding international travel quarantine requirements. As of this morning, the New York State Department of Health and Westchester County have updated their quarantine requirements to more closely reflect CDC guidance. As a result, asymptomatic people are no longer required to quarantine or test for COVID-19 after international travel.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 4/9/21

    I hope you and your families had a terrific spring break. This week, we welcomed back to full-time, in-person school our 11th and 12th graders. We are thrilled to have every student who wants to be back in the schools, and the kids seem so happy to be back together with their classmates. Things are feeling quite pre-COVID, with the exception of masks, desk shields, and social distancing, of course.

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  • RMS 4th Quarter Full Return vs. Remote Instruction

    I hope you are enjoying this beautiful spring weather. As the 3rd quarter ends, RMS is beginning to plan for in-person instruction for the 4th quarter. I must now ask all RMS families to make a commitment to in-person instruction or remote instruction for the 4th marking period which will begin on April 15th and end on Friday, June 25.

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  • Please Welcome Dr. Patricia Murray, RCSD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

    As many of you know, the District’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Sherri Goffman, is retiring at the end of the school year after five years of service to the District. Sherri first came to Rye as the Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction in 2016. She has greatly expanded the District’s professional learning efforts and curriculum development and will be greatly missed, but we wish her all the very best as she heads off to enjoy retirement.

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