RCS Reopening Plan 2020

On August 16, Rippowam Cisqua School released its reopening plan for September 2020. Throughout the summer we have been actively collaborating with the New York State Department of Health, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) to ensure we are well-positioned for an in-person start to the academic year. Click the button below to read the full reopening plan.

Reopening Committee

Colm MacMahon, Head of School 
Peter Freund ’91, Chair, Board of Trustees
Sarah Abraham, RCS School Nurse
Whitney Brown, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Erin Callaghan, Head of Lower School
Brett Cameron, P ’26, ’28, ’30
Nancy Eaves ’92, Trustee
Matt Hall, Head of Upper School
Amy Harsch, Trustee
Lisa Kaufmann, Chair, Parents Association
Frank Lutz, RCS Director of Operations and Security
Richard Mugler, Trustee
This committee is working in partnership with the Senior Administration of the School, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, and local medical experts to ensure that Rippowam Cisqua School is appropriately prepared to open safely in September.


Please click the links below for the most recent information letters from the Head of School and related updates.

RCS Reopening Plan - August 16, 2020

UPDATE: 2020 Reopening at RCS - July 3, 2020

COVID-19 Reopening Committee and Plan - June 20, 2020

New York State Department of Health Guidance

On July 13, the New York State Department of Health released its Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at PreK to Grade 12 Schools During the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency. 

Click HERE to read the full report.

Medical Information Resources

Health Precautions
Please be extra vigilant in practicing good health habits to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission during this time. Be especially mindful not to share personal items, including drinks, utensils, etc. 

Here are other important precautions to take:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, avoid crowded spaces, including classes and public events.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Medical Information Resources

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

World Health Organization

NY State Department of Health

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
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phone: (914) 244-1250
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