Changes in masking as of March 2nd

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community:

At a press conference this afternoon, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the end of the mask mandate in schools, effective Wednesday, March 2. She cited improving metrics for making this decision, including a decrease in COVID cases and hospitalizations, as well as new guidance from the CDC.

This means that the masks are still a requirement on Monday and Tuesday.  We will ask that the students continue to respect that expectation for those days.  Our district has managed to successfully remain focused on instruction rather than finding ourselves distracted by mask disagreements.  Let’s finish strong together.

As of Wednesday, March 2nd, masks will be optional for all students and employees both in the school and on the buses. We are asking parents and guardians to speak with their children about personal choice and respect for each other’s personal decisions as we make this transition.  It is important that we remain kind to each other through this next transition. 

This is a big step toward normalcy and worthy of celebration.  As a district and community, we will “celebrate the second with smiles”.  The plan will be to share as many pictures of smiling kids as possible.  We can all use some shared happiness.

For those that would like some additional home COVID-19 tests, we still have an abundance of them in each office.  Parents can now pick up 3 more tests per student at each office.  Elementary parents can also email your teacher to have the tests sent home with students.  JrSr High parents can email acoulombe@rcsd.k12.ny.us to request that the tests be sent home.  PLEASE do not reply to this email for the request. 

Due to our driver shortage, bus E students (both JrSr high and VRES) will be picked up approximately 25 minutes late on Monday morning.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Spring is looking promising!

Joe

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