Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community:
Tonight we held our first varsity football game since 2018. There was plenty of energy as everyone was excited to have a game to watch. We lost, but our kids played with heart. As they work to resurrect the Rensselaer football program, these players are learning lessons and working for something bigger than wins and losses. That is the kind of commitment that will stay with them well beyond high school.
A huge thank you to our families for working together to improve the drop off and pick up processes. We are now only having brief backups in the mornings and we are dismissing over 100 students safely in about 20 minutes. That is much better than the beginning of the week.
Our weekly COVID-19 testing for high risk sports went well this week, but the Rensselaer County Department of Health did notify us of a student (that has not been in the building) and a staff member (no contact with students) who did test positive. This is a reminder that COVID-19 remains in our community and we need to continue to work together to keep our kids safe and prevent disruptions to instruction.
Please remember to keep kids home if they have any symptoms of COVID-19. If you have questions, call our health office for guidance. Your support with making sure that all students have a mask to board a bus or enter the building is critical for health and safety. As we use CDC recommended layered protections, it is important to work together.
Most students have been very good about wearing masks appropriately on the buses and in the hallways. There is a statewide mandate for masks inside of school buildings. Mask breaks are permitted in support of the health and wellness of students, faculty, and staff. Our school successfully adopted a mask policy last year that allows for intentional and reasonable application of discretion based on circumstances. It is impossible for us to predict and prescribe every situation based on individual classroom needs and age appropriate interactions. We continue to rely on our teachers to use appropriate professional discretion within reason.
Thanks again to everyone for working together to ensure a safe and successful instructional environment for our students.