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Parents/guardians must notify SWBOCES if students experience symptoms or are exposed to COVID-19 via email at Send a blank email, then complete the form generated in response. The student may not come on campus until they receive clearance.

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  • Please check your emails for important updates from Administration!

    Parents & Guardians, 
    Welcome Back & Happy New Year!  We hope you had a happy, restful, and healthy holiday break. It's hard to believe that the new year is here, but we are confident that we are ready to take it on with great success.
    As we return to school, I want to take a moment to remind/update you on a couple of things . . . 
    1. ​Half Day/Early Dismissal for Students:
      • Monday, January 10, 2022
      • Dismissal at 11:30AM
    2. Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
      • School Closed
      • January 17, 2022
    3. SWBOCES Procedures for School Closing, Delayed Openings, and Early Dismissals Due to Inclement Weather:
      • Your child attends Southern Westchester BOCES, Rye Lake Lower Campus.  Please be sure to follow notifications for SWBOCES, Rye Lake Lower Campus ONLY.
      • Notifications for Rye Lake Middle School/High School due NOT apply for your child.
      • Information can be found at, under the news section.  Additionally, an alert usually appears on the homepage.
    1. Late Arrival/Early Pick Up:
      • Students that are brought to school late, after 8AM, need to be signed in upon arrival.  All students should be bought to Building 1, also known as the decagon.  We ask that you do not bring them directly to their classroom.  Please park in the visitor's parking lot and call 914.948.7271, extension 1263.  If the receptionist answers, please ask for the Rye Lake Lower Campus Secretary, Kaye Jackson.  Once she knows you are outside, she will open the doors, have you take your child's temperature, and have you sign your child in.  The classroom will be contacted that your child has arrived.  We ask that you wait with your child for a classroom staff member to pick up and escort your child to their classroom.  We ask that you make every attempt to call the bus company to notify them of any changes in service.  Additionally, we ask that you email Ms. Jackson,, if you know that your child will be coming into school late.  This helps keep us in the know.  Lastly, please note that masks must be worn at all times when in the building, including during drop off.
      • Students that are being picked up early, before 2:32PM, need to be signed out.  Parents/Guardians report to Building 1, also known as the decagon.  We ask that you do not go to or directly call their classroom.  Please park in the visitor's parking lot and call 914.948.7271, extension 1263.  If the receptionist answers, please ask for the Rye Lake Lower Campus Secretary, Kaye Jackson.  Once she knows you are outside, she will call your child's classroom and have them brought to Building 1 to be signed out using our Rye Lake Lower Campus Drop Off/Pick Up Form.  Again, we ask that you make every attempt to call the bus company to notify them of any changes in service.  Additionally, we ask that you email Ms. Jackson,, if you know that your child will be picked up early from school.  This helps keep us in the know.  Lastly, please note that masks must be worn at all times when in the building, including during pick up.
    1. Student Absences
      • If your child will be absent from school, please be sure to email the nurse, Nora Mannuccia,
    2. COVID-19 Reminders & Updates:
      • Across New York State we have seen a large increase in COVID-19 cases.  Rest assured, the SWBOCES leadership team has worked to and will continue to work to carefully monitor our data as well as state and local guidance.  
      • The decision has been made in New York State to keep schools open; however, please keep in mind that a shift to remote learning can take place at any time.  SWBOCES monitors staffing at each school/department daily to make decisions regarding whether we can provide adequate staff to keep a specific school/department open safely . 
      • Outreach regarding positive cases, exposure and a shift to remote learning will come directly from administration.  If remote instruction is required, outreach via email and/or a phone call will come from your child's teacher.  
      • SWBOCES works collaboratively with the Westchester County Department of Health (WCDOH), and we are required to follow their guidance and assist with contact tracing.
      • As always, if your child is symptomatic, displaying COVID-19 like symptoms, has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please keep your child home and alert use by sending an email to  Feel free to reach out to our school nurse Nora Mannuccia,, and/or me,  
      • If your child begins to display COVID-19 like symptoms while at school, they will be seen by the nurse.  All students displaying COVID-19 like symptoms must be pick-up and a negative COVID-19 test and/or clearance from a medical professional must be submitted before re-entry to school is permitted.  Pick-up in this case, would take place via the outside door of the nursing office.  Please call 914.948.7271, extension 1250.  If the receptionist answers, please ask for the Rye Lake Lower Campus Health Office Nurse at extension 1250.  
      • Please note that as it stands, all unvaccinated students, that have been in close contact with someone that has tested positive, must quarantine for ten days following the date of exposure, unless they begin to develop COVID-19 like symptoms, which can extend the quarantine period.  Vaccinated students, that have been in close contact with someone that has tested positive, are not required to quarantine if they are asymptomatic.  If symptomatic, they must quarantine.  Communication will be key, as each case can vary based on specific factors.  
      • Masks are still mandated inside of the school building.  Student temperature checks are still completed upon entry into the buildings.  Lastly, we are continuing to follow social distancing amongst staff and students.  
      • We continue to monitor for changes in CDC, NYS and WCDOH guidance daily and make changes as appropriate.  We anticipate more changes will be forthcoming as we continue to navigate this issue we will be in touch with such changes.
    Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • MONDAY, JANUARY 10th is a HALF DAY for Students!!!!!!!!

    Rye Lake Lower Campus

    Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • AIIM Program is IN PERSON!

    Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • St. Matt's Students Make Special Delivery to Grace Church

    A group of six students and four staff members in the SWBOCES program at St. Matthew’s School made an important delivery to Grace Episcopal Church in White Plains on Dec. 23 – bags and boxes of flip flops/shower shoes, toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant that they had collected in a donation drive. They walked about a half mile down Mamaroneck Avenue to the church and dropped off the items at the soup kitchen. It was a brisk day, and some sang Christmas carols like “Jingle Bells” as they walked.

    The items are much needed by people Grace Church serves who are unhoused, said David Nisenbaum, principal of St. Matthew’s School.

    “Before the pandemic began, St. Matthew's School had a long-standing partnership with Grace Church. Our students would work or volunteer at the soup kitchen,” Principal Nisenbaum said. “As with many organizations, Grace Church could not allow us to continue our volunteer work due to state regulations and for the safety of all parties. Subsequently, we came together and brainstormed what could be done to still be a part of that community and continue our acts of service in whatever way possible. We collectively decided to have a drive for their most needed items.”

    St. Matt’s received donations from staff members, students, families and other members of the SWBOCES community. Students used their vocational skills by sorting and organizing all the contributions and making a spreadsheet to fill out the donor form for the church.

    Thank  you to everyone who donated!

    News Feed - St. Matthews
  • Reminder- Holiday Break

      The last day of school for the students at Tappan Hill will be this Thursday, December 23rd. Classes will resume on Monday, January 3rd, 2022.


      We wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday!                    

    Tappan Hill
  • #Sock It To Me

    Tappan Hill gives back with a #Holiday Sock Drive. Thank you for your donations and support. Your generosity makes a big difference and helps our community stay warm.

    Tappan Hill
  • Important Information from the Principal

    Dear RLC MS/HS Community,


    In recent days, the social media app TikTok has been flooded with videos and comments about a nationwide possibility of school violence on December 17. This disturbing trend seems to have originated in Texas but has gone viral, nationwide.

    As a reminder, we take all rumors of threats to the safety of our students, staff, and buildings very seriously. We are asking parents to use this opportunity to speak with their children about the seriousness of making threats of any kind, including on social media, and the consequences of those actions.

    Here are some resources to help parents have these conversations with children and maintain a healthy relationship with technology: 

    We encourage our students and parents to alert a staff member and/or law enforcement if they ever hear or see anything that threatens the safety of our school community. We investigate all concerns and act as appropriate.

    Thank you for your assistance in keeping our schools safe.


    Marvin Elliott, Jr.


    Rye Lake Campus MS/HS

    Rye Lake Campus Middle/High

    We wish our school community a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season filled with love as we celebrate Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

    Tappan Hill
  • SWBOCES builds community in Irvington through the Thanksgiving Project

    The SWBOCES Irvington Middle/High School collaborated with the Irvington District VIP middle and high school students to promote inclusivity and build community.  All members of the community were asked to write one or more things that they were thankful for on a feather. Students included family, friends, loving parents, "each and every day," learning and other things in their messages.

    The project is the brainchild of math teacher Holli Smith, who got the idea from a teacher who works at another high school.

    “The outcome is this beautiful and inspirational display of collective gratitude,” Principal Alberta Grant-Johnson said.

    News Feed - Irvington High School
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    THANK YOU to the students, families and staff that contributed to the Tappan Hill School food drive for Feeding Westchester! We are donating nine boxes full of food for those in need. We wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! 

    Tappan Hill
  • Tappan Hill students lead Thanksgiving food drive

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the students and staff of the Tappan Hill school are participating in a food drive for Feeding Westchester.

    Teacher Erroll Rivera and his class worked to set up the food drive with Feeding Westchester. They created a flier and distributed it. Each day, students and staff from across the school building contribute donations for those in need in the county. Thank you to all that have contributed thus far. At the end of each school day, students from Mr. Rivera’s class compile donations. There are five full boxes of donations already! Our food drive will continue to accept donations through Monday, November 22.

    We wish all our families a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • Celebrating Art and Learning at Tappan Hill

    The halls of Tappan Hill School are filled with beautiful artwork and creative educational bulletin boards. Kudos to all the students and staff members who have contributed their time and talent to enhancing our hallways!

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • Halloween Door Decorating Contest at Tappan Hill School

    Creativity and great holiday spirit were on display at Tappan Hill School for the Halloween decorating contest. Students and staff in all classes and departments decorated their door for Halloween, and the school was filled with pumpkins, spiders, witches, skeletons, bats, ghosts and more. Center for Special Services Director Andrea Byrne judged the contest and gave out awards that recognized the unique qualities of each entry.

    “The community at Tappan Hill was eager to collaborate on their festive classroom doors. The staff and students created engaging, colorful and spooky displays!” said Assistant Principal Francesca Fernandez. “Within our school community, collaboration within classrooms and across the school is a key part of our connected learning environment."

    Congratulations to everyone!

      • Erroll Rivera’s class, Healthy Bones of Our Learning Award
      • Speech Department, Ann Marie Ross and Diane Torsiello, Growing Seeds for Learning Award
      • Intensive Day Treatment Class, Elizabeth Rizzi, Positive Energy Award
      • Linda Liebman’s class, Incorporating Instructional Art Award
      • Adriane Lomupo’s class, Haunted Door Award
      • Rachael Lynch’s class, Best Literary/Movie Connection
      • Nursing Department, Nguti Efuetenjok, RN; Sonia Martinez, LPN, Wrapped in Clinical Care Award
      • Betsy O’Connor’s class, Seasonal Research and Reading Award
      • Judy Baddeley’s class, Animated Student Expression Award
      • Anne Marie Cellante’s class, Size Concept Award 
      • Linda Christiansen’s class, Fine Arts Integration Award
      • Kim Hild, Most Inviting Trick or Treat Moment Award
      • Leah Harris, Best Use of Rhyme Award
      • Diane Storm, gym teacher, and Julie Zimmerman, occupational therapist, Most Daunting and Haunting Seasonal Door Award
      • Dr. Steven Coleman, psychologist, and Yolette Levy, social worker, Clinical Web of Support Award
    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • Congratulations to our 21-22 Student Council Members!!!

    President: Akira M

    Vice President: Romina S

    Secretary: Kayela C

    Historian: Edwin G

    Rye Lake Campus Middle/High
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