As communicated earlier today, the RCS district continues to experience no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Out of caution, and through guidance from local, state and regional agencies, RCS students will not attend school from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, 2020.
- All school-related and non-school-related activities will be canceled during this time, including all sports practices and Capital Region BOCES programs.
- All 10-month staff will report to their buildings on Monday, March 16th.
- All 12-month staff will report to work all week, as usual.
- Transportation will not report Monday, March 16th and will await further communication from their supervisor.
Given that this is a rapidly evolving public health issue, we feel that 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.
Many of our teachers have already begun to work on constructing educational resources and have sent home materials to encourage sustained home-learning. On Monday, our teaching staff will reconvene in order to create additional educational resources in order for students to maintain skills and content during this time. These will include online resources, suggested skill practice activities, self-directed learning tasks, and parent-facilitated work. Please check out the RCS website Monday evening or early Tuesday for more information and directions on how to access these materials.
The New York State Education Department continues to work with the governor’s office, the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Education to provide guidance to our schools. The most current and accurate information about COVID-19 can be found at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus.
This situation has changed rapidly over the last several days and may continue to change as we work with our local departments of health and school-related agencies and receive further guidance in response to the COVID-19 situation. We will be sending updated communication to families on or before Friday, March 20, 2020.
Thank you for your continued support as we keep our students and community safe.
Dr. Brian Bailey