COVID-19 Update April 3, 2020

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community,

The school building is empty.  All of the learning magic that makes this a special place is missing without the students and staff.  The only sign of life in the building is when we make lunch and load it onto buses. 

That could be a sad story, but there is plenty to learn here.  When we see the cool things posted on social media or the looks on student faces in Zoom or Google meetings, it doesn’t take long to realize that the passion for learning is alive and well.  Students, parents, and teachers are working together to find new ways to overcome the barrier of distance. The learning curve is steeper in many ways. This is all a great reminder that the magic of the learning process has everything to do with people and relationships, not location or facilities.  We are truly a community finding success #TogetherAtHome.

We will take a moment to come out and see the #fRAMily while observing appropriate social distancing practices at our spirit week finale car parade on Saturday morning.  Be sure not to gather in groups if you come outside to wave.

We already know about school continuing for spring break.  We now have had a few questions about Good Friday. There is clear direction that schools must provide meals, partner with daycare providers, and continue instruction EVERY WEEKDAY including Good Friday.  With that said, individual students or staff members may legally choose to observe the holiday for religious reasons.

In anticipation of some staff members taking the day, we will deliver lunches on Thursday, 4/9 instead of Friday, 4/10 in an effort to avoid any disruption in service.  We will have reminders next week about the one-time change.

If you haven’t signed up for meal delivery yet, please do!  Any child 18 and under in the city qualifies for this program.  It now includes 7 lunches and 7 breakfasts a week.

Wash your hands and stay #TogetherAtHome!  We are all in this together.

Joseph Kardash
Superintendent, Rensselaer City School District

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