Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on March 16 that, due to ongoing public health concerns related to COVID-19/Coronavirus, all schools in New York state will be closed to students for two weeks, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
This means that the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk CSD will be closed to students through Tuesday, March 31, with an expected return on April 1, 2020. We are closely monitoring the situation at the state and local level, and will let you know if that closure needs to be extended.
Our closure occurred somewhat unexpectedly and some students may not have retrieved the materials that they needed to continue school work while at home. Our school buildings will be open to families tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, from 7 -9 am in the Middle and High School, and from 8-10 am in the elementaries. We would ask that you come to our buildings ONLY if it is urgent, and your child’s materials are required for him/her to be successful. For the safety of our staff, please remain six feet or farther from our staff members if you visit a building.
Moving forward, our school district would like to address programs and support services currently in place for our community:
– Our district has recently implemented our RCS Work from Home resource page. Please note that this page will be updated to share information related to your student’s educational needs. We encourage you to visit this site and explore these resources. For additional details, click here.
– The RCS Food Service program for RCS residents under the age of 18 is currently underway. Meals may be picked up at any of our buildings between 7-10 am, from Monday, March 23, Wednesday, March 25, and Monday, March 30, 2020. Beginning this week, food will be available at each of our buildings on Monday and Wednesday only, from 7-10 am, with multiple days of meals being distributed each day. Updates to the food service program will be shared on the RCS website at www.rcscsd.org.
– As previously shared, all school-related and non-school-related activities are canceled until further notice, including all sports practices and Capital Region BOCES programs.
Given that this is a rapidly evolving public health issue, this is the most proactive and prudent action available to us. This is designed to help limit the spread of illness and to provide time to reassess the situation next week. This additional time will also allow for further cleaning measures to our RCS facilities.
The most current and accurate information about the coronavirus can be found at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus.
Thank you for your continued understanding and partnership.
Dr. Brian Bailey