New NYSDOH Guidance and Keeping Kids in School

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: The New York State Department of Health recently updated its guidance on COVID isolation and quarantine, which formally ends its contact tracing requirements. While the new guidance (and a Jan. 18th memo from the New York State Education Department) states that schools are no longer required to […]

Internet Subsidies, Free Tests, & COVID-19 Update

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: We hope that everyone takes the time to take advantage of the federal Affordable Connectivity Program to help pay for your broadband services.  Every household with a student in our district is eligible for $30 per month toward Internet service.  That is $360 per year! There is […]

Remote Instruction on Friday

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: We are struggling with a shortage of drivers again on Friday.  Unfortunately, grades 6-12 will need to move to remote instruction for our early release day.  Mr. Pitaniello has shared the schedule that students will need to follow from home.  We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.  We […]

Early Dismissal

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: Don’t forget that we have an early dismissal on Friday, 1/14 to allow for staff development.  PK and 6-12 will dismiss at 11:45 and K-5 will dismiss at 12:30.  There is no school on Monday, 1/17 as we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Enjoy the early […]

Preparing for COLD Weather

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: If you have not seen the weather forecast for Tuesday yet, it will be COLD.   The temperature will be just above zero with a wind chill of around -10 degrees.  While this doesn’t fall into a frostbite danger zone, we can all agree that these temperatures […]

Updated Isolation & Quarantine Guidance

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: Beginning this week, our school in coordination with the Rensselaer County DOH will implement and honor the new NYS guidance based on CDC recommendations regarding isolation and quarantining.  Our nurse has reached out to each student & staff member that is in isolation or quarantine to verify […]

Updated COVID-19 Guidance

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: New York State has released new guidance based on CDC recommendations regarding isolation and quarantining.  They are shortening from 10 days to 5 days AND 24 hours symptom free.  They also said that “Additional guidance from CDC for schools is expected in coming days.”  Schools in our […]

Test Kit Pickup (& Delivery Option)

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: We had quite a few parents come in to pick up at-home tests today.   We will continue to make 1 per student available for optional parent pick-up in both the VRES and JrSr High offices this week.  We also had several requests to have tests sent […]

Free At-Home Test Kits

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: Good news!  We picked up enough test-at-home kits today that we can distribute one (2-pack) for each student in the district for free. We will make them available for optional parent pick-up in both the VRES and JrSr High offices beginning Tuesday morning.  Any parents that are […]

Happy New Year – Welcome Back!

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community: Happy New Year! We are looking forward to welcoming students back from break on Monday, January 3rd. Hopefully everyone has spent safe, relaxing, and rejuvenating time with family and friends over the holidays. The news has been full of information about an Omicron variant surge of COVID-19 […]