Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community:
Once again, we would like to compliment our students and parents for handling our pivot to remote learning in grades 9-12 with grace and poise. The collaboration and understanding is always heartwarming.
As local data is watched carefully, the COVID-19 infection rate seems to be rising a bit. It is likely that we will continue to have instruction disrupted as we exercise caution and prioritize public health. With that in mind, we are working to improve our instructional delivery so that we are better prepared to deliver fully remote instruction as necessary.
Our Reopening Team has been working to enhance our daily screening process. RCSD needs to make sure that families fully understand the expectations. Beginning this weekend, there will be a weekly confirmation for students/parents to submit if a student is coming to school. This will serve as a guide of when to come to school and when a student should not report. The district will also send out daily screening reminders. We need parents and students to work together to minimize any exposures in school.
The end of the first quarter of the 20-21 school year is here. Report cards will be available in SchoolTool soon. More information about how to access them will be shared soon. Most students and parents will see grades similar to what you probably expect. Students that have not been engaged remotely, however, should be prepared for grades to reflect a lack of participation.
As a reminder, there will be no school on Wednesday, November 11 as we celebrate Veterans Day. November 23 and 24 will be parent-teacher conference and remote learning days. No students will report to school as all instruction and conferences will be conducted remote during these days. Please refer to the school calendar or the one-page school year calendar for any other date questions.
As families begin to make plans for the holidays, we ask that you keep in mind the NYS travel advisory and related quarantine for travel to restricted states. Please plan with these restrictions in mind knowing that quarantine protocol must be followed. It is critical to stress how important honesty and truthfulness are if you find yourself involved in contact tracing. We have learned of instances in other schools where a lack of honesty in the process has lead to spread, larger quarantine numbers, and school closure. It is imperative to work together as a community to avoid that situation.
We are always trying to make sure that students have access to our free meals. Please see the recently released update to our food service info. Additionally, all of our 9-12 students moving to full remote next week are encouraged to pick up meals for Friday through next week. They can be picked up on Friday at our listed scheduled time and locations.
Be sure to get outside and take full advantage of this beautiful weather over the next few days!