Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community:
Happy Groundhog Day! Apparently Punxsutawney Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter. Those of us ready for warmer weather can still keep hope knowing that he only has a track record of being correct 50% of the time. Keep your fingers crossed.
As many of us crave that warmer weather, I think we all crave a post-pandemic normalcy sooner rather than later. There seems to be good news as the infection rate continues to drop after our seasonal winter surge. Hopefully this trend will soon lead to a reduction in restrictions and requirements.
As of now, the Second Judicial Division of the Appellate Court has decided that our current mask mandate will stand until at least March 2nd. We will be sure to update our community if any of these expectations change. We would also like to specifically thank the entire community for working with the school as we navigate these constantly changing expectations together.
The district received another delivery of home tests today. We now have enough tests to allow any parents that want one to pick up a third test for each student. Please stop by the respective office to pick them up or email a request for a test to be sent home with your student(s) if you are interested.
There is also a federal program to order free at-home COVID-19 tests. Each household can receive 4 tests for free by signing up. It only takes a minute. I tried this myself and received the tests on Monday.
We are excited to say that our program to test students in lieu of quarantine has been a great success so far in the effort to keep kids in school. This has been a huge step in the right direction in our desired return to normalcy.
We have had 10 students and 1 staff member that have tested positive for COVID-19 since last Tuesday. The rate is clearly slowing down for our school as it has for the state. Please remember to send students to school with a mask and to keep the kids home if they have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. We will get through this together.
**One last safety reminder – Please be patient and attentive at drop off and pick up. We often see cars in a hurry, rolling through stop signs, or fighting for parking spots to save a few seconds or minutes. Our student safety remains everyone’s highest priority, so we ask everyone to do their part in traffic safety. Thank you!