RSVP to the Community Safety Forum to be held Wed. April 25

Community Safety Forum: The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Schools have taken many steps to improve the safety of students, staff and visitors over the past several years. As in all aspects of our program, we strive to do better, learn from experts, prepare our students and staff, and create strong bonds with our community. As part of our ongoing commitment to taking a careful and critical look at all aspects of our safety program and procedures, we are asking you to participate in a Community Safety Forum, 7 – 8:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 25 in the RCS High School auditorium. Parents, students, and community members are all welcome.

This Community Safety Forum will allow us to share our current practices of how we are creating safer schools. It will include a panel discussion where members will share their perspectives and experiences surrounding school safety. Joining me on the panel will be our high school principal, school resource officer, students, and our safety consultant, Mike Needham of Needham Risk Management. Please RSVP to the event and submit questions for the panel via the link at the bottom of this page by Monday, April 23. Questions may also be submitted to your building principal in writing by Monday, April 23. Panel questions will be chosen from those submitted prior to the forum. RSVP by clicking here.

The most valuable lesson that we have learned about school safety is that positive relationships and open communication are essential to keeping our schools safe. Our ongoing social-emotional instruction in all buildings, and student forums/assemblies for our high school students, have helped us to support students as they grapple with tragic national and global events. We believe that this work also helps to preserve a safer RCS community, which is why we hope you will join us on April 25 and participate in these ongoing conversations.

Student Walkouts: We also want to make you aware that many students across the country have planned politically charged school walkouts for Friday, April 20. Unlike the national walk out that occurred this past March 14, the national organizers of the April 20 walkout are encouraging students to leave school for the remainder of the day by walking or driving off of campus. While we respect students’ constitutional right to express their views and we appreciate their civic engagement, the school district will not be supporting the April 20 event. Friday, April 20 will be a regular school day at RCS and the student Code of Conduct will apply. It is important to remember that legal absences are defined within our District Attendance Policy. Unexcused absences may result in disciplinary consequences, they impact academic work, and may influence a student’s ability to participate in extracurricular and athletic activities. As a reminder, if students need to leave school on that day they should follow all expected safety protocols, including presenting a written note from their parent and signing out in the main office.

We look forward to seeing you at the forum and to continuing our dialogue about improved academic, social, and emotional outcomes for our RCS students.

Sincerely,
Dr. Brian Bailey, Superintendent of Schools