Reopening Plan

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community:

As we prepare for students to return to school in the fall, New York State has provided our school district with guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and community members. We assembled a reopening team consisting of volunteer parents, teachers, staff, and administrators to review all guidance and formulate a plan that meets the safety requirements with the resources that we have available to us.  This was no small task. Knowing that the environment and expectations around us is in a constant state of change, we do not consider our plan complete.  We will continue to modify and improve the plan as we learn new information.

I presented a summary of the plan at our Board of Education meeting on July 29th and fielded questions from the public at that time.  We now have a draft of the complete plan available on the website.  We understand that there will be many questions as September approaches.  We will do our best to answer those questions.

The plan was developed with a primary focus on public health and a concerted effort to deliver the best instructional program that we can without compromising safety.  This requires a new way of framing instruction and will require significant community partnership.  I encourage every resident, parent and staff member to read this plan with an understanding of this context.   The plan is unique to the resources of our school.

Questions and concerns should be directed to me at As we better understand the questions and concerns, we will improve the communication to answer them.

After reviewing the District’s school reopening plans, any parent or guardian who believes their child will be unable to return to school for in-person learning should contact Tracy Foust at 518-465-6440 by August 24 or as soon as practical.  The District will review the matter and discuss options with the parent or guardian to address their concerns.

Thanks to the team of volunteers that committed countless hours to put this together.  Thanks to every person that answered our surveys to help inform the decisions.  Thanks in advance to parents and community members that will come together to help us all meet this challenge with a united front.


Joseph Kardash

Superintendent, Rensselaer City School District

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