A message to the community from Superintendent Libby

This has been a difficult week for the RCS community. In addition to grieving the tragic loss of a student that passed away last week, we lost a beloved community member and RCS graduate. This and other events have resulted in emotional challenges among children and adults alike.

We have provided supports for our students and staff throughout the district this week. As we enter the weekend, we want to reach out as an extension of these efforts. With family and friends throughout the district, it is not at all surprising how emotionally impactful these circumstances have been to the members of our entire community.

As you reflect on the events of this past week and have the opportunity to more closely observe your children, we encourage you to discuss their thoughts and feelings with them.

We recognize that the weekend could be a difficult time and want to provide families with resources that are available while school is not in session.

As school resumes on Monday, grief counselors and trusted adults will again be available to work through these difficult issues with your children if necessary. We are here to help your children through this difficult time. If we can provide more support in any way, please call your child’s school.

Grief and Loss Resources:

  • Wave Riders provides support groups, camps and activities for Children and Teens for all types of grief and loss
    518-724-0200
  • Byron Center for Loss and Healing individual counseling specialized in grief and loss
    518-453-2515
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Albany County Department for Children, Youth & Families community services and supports for children and youth, crisis assessment, on-going counseling, and emergency on-call access to Child & Adolescent Mobile Crisis Team
    518-447-4550