COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates & Resources

All RCS schools are closed through the remainder of the academic school year due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health situation. For updated information from the school district, including important notices, reentry efforts, learning resources, food distribution plans, child care resources and more, please visit the COVID-19/Reentry page.

Communication with Families/End of School – May 15, 2020

Here are some updates on the last date of school, instruction and grading, locker and classroom cleanout, and end of the year celebrations.  

The governor has directed school districts to “…use any vacation or snow days remaining,” as they provide continuity of instruction remotely through the end of the academic year.  This is why students and staff continued to work through April break. Similarly, schools in New York state are expected to work through any remaining recess days. Therefore:

  • RCS will continue to provide remote instruction on Thursday, May 21, 2020 and Friday, May 22, 2020.
  • RCS will be closed for the Federal Holiday on Monday, May 25, 2020.
  • Because we have worked through our recess days, the last day of school for students will be Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

(These calculations are contingent on no further executive orders coming from the governor concerning the academic year)  

Instruction is continuing through the end of the academic year.  It is important that students remain engaged during this time.  We will be sharing a brief informational video early next week, by email and on our website, that will describe how instruction and student grading will be accomplished for this year. 

Our buildings are still closed to the public.  RCS staff will be assisting in locker and classroom cleanout over the next few weeks and we are in the planning stages for how we can deliver student belongings to their homes, by bus route.  Specific information about the delivery of these belongings will come from building principals before the end of May.

There have been quite a few inquiries about how we will congregate our students, families, and staff for graduation and moving up ceremonies.  The governor’s executive orders are the law, social distancing is a matter of life and death, and RCS will follow non-negotiable processes that will protect our staff and families.  Any celebrations that are sponsored by RCS will closely adhere to the governor’s executive orders and enforce protocols that will ensure the safety of students, families and staff.  Alternatives to the traditional graduation, moving up day, and award ceremonies have been developed over the past few weeks and will be finalized soon.

Have a good weekend.

Dr. Brian Bailey, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools