Welcome Back From Break!

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: It is our collective hope that everyone had a memorable and safe February break.  We are excited to welcome back group 2 students on Monday, Feb 22. As a reminder, students in grades 1 and 2 can now attend in person every week! We are no longer […]

Elementary Bus Routes Beginning 2/22/2021

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community, We have adjusted the elementary bus routes to safely transport student while bringing in 1st, 2nd, and hopefully soon 3rd grade students on both weeks. Note that your stop should not have changed, but the bus picking you up may have.

Winter Sports

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: The New York State Department of Health announced last week that high-risk winter sports would be authorized to start practice and competition beginning February 1 if permitted by local health authorities. Rensselaer County has indicated support for this updated guidance publicly, but our neighboring counties have not […]

Support for a Tragic Loss

Dear RCSD School Community, We are deeply saddened by the loss of Alexis Dominowski, an 11th grade student that attended Rensselaer Jr./Sr. Highschool. She passed away on 1/26/21 from a brief illness (not COVID related). Alexis had been participating remotely in school this year and has two sisters (6th and 9th grade) that attend school […]

Read for Ronald McDonald House

Dear VR Parents and Families, Our school is once again participating in the Read for Ronald McDonald House Charities program (Read for RMHC)! The program supports Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region (RMHC-CR), an organization dedicated to supporting children and families, especially those struggling with childhood illnesses and injuries. They work to keep […]

Virtual Special Education Parent Session

You are invited to a Virtual Special Education Parent Session this evening at 5:30pm. The Session will provide parents with an opportunity to meet our new Director of PPS, Dr. Amy Prabhakaran, learn about what they can expect from the Special Education Department to support their child during virtual learning, and prepare for CSE meetings […]

Snow, Sports, and Feedback

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: We made it to the last week in January before our first legitimate snow storm of 2021!  Since we are not sure how the roads will look in the morning yet, we ask that families with students in the building this week check the local news media […]

COVID-19 Notification

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: Our school is informing parents and guardians that a student at Van Rensselaer Elementary school has been diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This person was last in school on Thursday,  1/14.  This case represents no new exposure or risk within the building. We continue to work […]

Upcoming Week

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: Our school is informing parents and guardians that a staff member has been diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This case poses no new risk or exposure to students. We look forward to welcoming Group 1, grades Pre K – 12, back to school on Monday.  As […]

COVID-19 Update and Planning for Phase 3

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: We have been watching the regional and county “7 day average” infection rate closely since the beginning of the month.  The rate seemed to have peaked over a week ago and has steadily decreased since then. We continue to see a few cases in the district, but most […]