Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community:
The district was notified today that all students and teachers that were quarantine from the positive COVID-19 case at school fourteen days ago are cleared to return. There was no spread at school as a result of this case. This is important not only for the safety of those involved, but also for the confidence that we should have in the district’s safety related procedures. The screening, cleaning, distancing, and masks work together to suppress any transmission. This is evidence that those procedures are effective and reason to celebrate success.
We need to view this moment of success as a reminder to remain vigilant in all safety protocols. Be sure that all students wear a mask to and at bus stops. Remember to social distance whenever possible. Don’t partake in activities that may promote a spread among a large group of students.
As an important reminder, please no not enter the building if you do not meet the screening criteria that we have shared and posted at each entrance. If you have been in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person, do not come in. If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results, do not come in. If you have traveled to a state on the NYS travel advisory list, do not come in. If you are experiencing any new or unexpected COVID-19 symptoms, do not come in.
The volunteers on our reopening team continue to work hard to develop procedures that ensure a safe and productive learning environment. As we continue to learn, we are working to enhance our screening process ahead of flu season. Flu and cold symptoms will continue to complicate the situation.
Please know the VRES pickup process is being revised to reduce the risk of a student being hit by a moving vehicle. Moving forward, only vehicles in the front row will have kids called out. If the front row is full, you may park in the second row and wait for a spot to open up for you to pull up.
Thanks in advance to all of you for helping and doing your part to keep the community safe. We want to do everything that we can to keep school open, our #fRAMily together, and continue live instruction safely.