As of today, the RCS district has no confirmed cases of the COVID-19/coronavirus. However, it is our responsibility as a community to ensure the safety of our students and be responsive in taking actions that will help to slow or prevent the spread of the virus. After speaking with public health officials, BOCES and neighboring school districts, we have established plans to help prevent the spread of the virus.
As of 1:00 pm, Friday March 13, 2020 our RCS facilities will remain open for classes, clubs, and before and after school child care (in elementaries).
However, effective 5:00 pm on March 13, 2020 all nonessential student activities will be suspended until further notice:
- Field trips
- Concerts and other social functions
- Adult and Continuing Education
- All non-school related events that hold meetings or practices on school grounds
- Competitive athletic events are cancelled through April 19, 2020 (as per Section II officials)
- Athletic practices are cancelled Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15, 2020 while locker rooms and other areas are being sanitized.
Confirmed cases of the virus are appearing throughout the Capital District. When/if a school district has a confirmed case among their student or staff population, the New York State Department of Health gives directives about mandated school closure. Like all schools, RCS needs to be prepared for the possibility of a school closure. As such, the parent-teacher conferences that were scheduled for grades UPK-8 on Monday March 16 and Tuesday March 17, 2020 have been postponed. Elementary reports cards will be mailed home.
Instead of conferences during these early dismissal days, our staff will be continuing the work of preparing instructional materials for students to utilize at home in the event of a long-term school closure. We will also be extending the early release days on Monday March 16 and Tuesday March 17, 2020 to include all grades, UPK-12. The HS/MS will dismiss at 11:07 am, the elementary schools will dismiss at 12:30 pm.
We are continuing to communicate with local, regional and state health and government authorities on procedures moving forward. Also, Our crisis response teams (CRT) have met in each building to develop organizational plans and social-emotional supports for students and staff that may be in a heightened emotional state. As a reminder, please utilize the RCS district website (www.rcscsd.org) for up-to-date information and instructions related to COVID-19/coronavirus planning and district operations.
We will be sending updated information to all families on or before next Friday, March 20. We appreciate your support of our district.
Dr. Brian Bailey