Letter to Families & Staff; 03-18-2022

Dear Families,

This letter contains important information from our district and has: 

New Information=

  • High School Harmonics & Jazz Ensemble to perform at Empire State Plaza

  • District Celebrations & Stories

  • Upcoming Important Dates 

Reminders = 

  • Student Support Resources Reminder

  • Upcoming Grade 3 through 8 NYS Testing

  • Take-Home COVID Tests Still Available at RCS

  • RCS COVID-19 Lab Testing

  • COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Protocol

  • Direct Links

All the information in this letter, from past letters and more, can be found on our website

New Information

High School Harmonics & Jazz Ensemble to perform at Empire State Plaza for MIOSM: This coming Monday, March 21 the High School Harmonics and Jazz Ensemble will be performing in the South Concourse at the Empire State Plaza. This performance is a part of NYSSMA’s Music in our Schools Month and is scheduled for 10:30 AM. The performance is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. You can find the complete schedule here.

District Celebrations & Stories: We highlight different items that are happening around our community on our website and Facebook page. Here are some of the recent stories we have shared:

Upcoming Important Dates (Click here to access the RCS calendar)

  • Tuesday, March 29 - Thursday, March 31: Computer-Based ELA Testing for grades 3-8

  • Wednesday, March 30: Next Board of Education Meeting. Approximate public meeting start time, 6:30 p.m.

  • Monday, April 4: Staff Development Day, early dismissal PK-12. 

  • Wednesday, April 6: Board of Education Meeting. Approximate public meeting start time, 6:30 p.m.

  • Friday, April 8: End of the third marking period (MS/HS). 

  • Friday, April 15 - Friday, April 22: Spring Recess.


Student Support Resources Reminder: There is a lot going on in the world at the moment, including the invasion of Ukraine. We want to remind families and students that we have staff who are available to meet with any students who are struggling or need support, regardless of the concern. Students are welcome to speak with their counselors, social workers, teachers, or administrators about their concerns and we encourage them to do so! Additionally, KidsHealth.org has provided resources for parents to use when speaking with their children about what they are seeing in the news.  

Upcoming Grade 3 through 8 NYS Testing:  Recently we shared a letter with elementary and middle school families which included the schedule for the upcoming state testing for students in grades 3 through 8. You can access that letter here. 

Take-Home COVID Tests Still Available at RCS: Families who want an at-home test kit can pick them up from the main office of any school building during school hours. These tests were still available as of 3/18/22. More information about these tests can be found here

COVID-19 Lab Testing at RCS: As you know, RCS offers diagnostic symptomatic testing at RCS so that students and staff can return to school quicker after exhibiting COVID-like symptoms. This testing is also available to students and staff who are asymptomatic. Due to the decrease in requests for lab COVID testing through RCS, we offer lab testing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. Contact your student’s nurse to make an appointment. You can find instructions for registering for COVID-19 testing through RCS here

COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Protocol:  You can find the most up-to-date COVID protocols on our website here. Please remember that if a student or staff member is sick, they should not come to school/work that day.  

Direct Links:

If you have any questions about anything covered in the letter, please reach out to your student’s building for clarification. Thank you.