2022-23 Community Health and Safety Protocols

Rippowam Cisqua School is taking proactive measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
We are acutely aware of the shifting dynamics of this virus, particularly its impact on children. Throughout the past two years, we have consistently based our decisions on the expertise provided by scientists and medical professionals, and we will continue to do so this year. 
RCS is requiring that all eligible community members ages 5 and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (have received the primary series) unless they have a documented medical or religious exemption. We expect that all eligible, non-vaccinated individuals will receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of the start of school. Students who become eligible during the school year will be required to submit their proof of vaccination within two weeks.

Once your child is fully vaccinated, please submit proof of vaccination by emailing your child’s complete vaccine card to vaccine@rcsny.org.

RCS is mask-optional for all students. The CDC recommends you wear a mask:

  • For 10 days following an exposure to COVID-19.
  • For 10 days if you test positive for COVID-19.

Students, faculty, and staff are required to stay home if they are unwell or are demonstrating any symptoms of COVID-19, until they have been medically cleared by the Health Office to return to school. Students and faculty with household members who are experiencing symptoms in their household are encouraged to stay home as well, and should consult as needed with Sarah Abraham in the School's Health Office. A negative rapid test may be required to return, and the school will provide testing as needed. 
Any COVID-19 positive test results must be communicated to Sarah Abraham at (914) 244-1244. A person who tests positive will be subject to isolation as required by the New York State Department of Health, and must present a negative rapid antigen to return to school after the mandatory isolation period. As per Department of Health guidelines, you will be notified of any positive cases in your child’s classroom.

Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the campus. In addition, we expect that everyone will wash their hands often and vigorously with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
The RCS ventilation system has been enhanced to provide an increased level of filtration (MERV 13 filters). While weather permits we will open all school windows and will use window fans to expel air from all occupied spaces.

RCS is cleaned and sanitized daily and whenever additionally needed by our amazing Maintenance team. 

COVID-19 Resources

Vaccine Availability
Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

Rippowam Cisqua School
439 Cantitoe Street 
Bedford, NY 10506
phone: (914) 244-1250
Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK-Grade 9 independent day school in Westchester County, New York. RCS offers challenging academics built on innovation, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, wellness, leadership, service learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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