Calendars & Announcements

Calendars & Announcements

Theresa Ritchie Awarded OASBO Transportation Director of the Year
In a year of bus driver shortages, supply chain issues and uncertainty about the pandemic, Reynoldsburg City Schools Transportation Director Theresa Ritchie has kept busses on the road and students in school. Often driving routes herself, while overseeing a team of transportation officials and running job fairs, Ritchie works behind-the-scenes and overtime to safely drive students to and from school.
 
 For these reasons and more, Ritchie was nominated and awarded the 2022 Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) Transportation Director of the Year. Ritchie will receive a $500 scholarship to present a graduating Reynoldsburg High School Senior, a commemorative award and recognition on a plaque in the OASBO offices.

In his nomination letter, RCS Superintendent Dr. Melvin J. Brown wrote, “Theresa is an invaluable member of our administrative team and contributes to our success to provide safe and efficient transportation services for more than 7,600 students during the most challenging time in education that I have ever experienced.”

School business officials in Ohio are responsible annually for billions of public dollars. Their successful management of those dollars, their personal successes and accomplishments, as well as their selfless service to their school system, their profession and their community is often a well-kept secret. At the January 1985 board meeting of the Foundation for School Business Management trustees, an awards program was established to recognize these individuals on an annual basis.

Ritchie joined Reynoldsburg City Schools in 2014. “Theresa constantly goes above and beyond for the students of our District,” said RCS Executive Director of Business, Chris Reed. “She is deeply dedicated to our families and our community. Her passion to help others in the profession throughout Ohio is unmatched.”
2021 Winter Weather Information
Snowflakes

November 19, 2021
 
Dear Raider Families, 

We are fast approaching the time of the year when snow, ice and extreme cold may cause disruptions to our school schedule. We wanted to share information about what factors determine a “calamity day,” where school is canceled or delayed. We also wanted to share the various ways you will be notified of school closures.
 
What is a Calamity Day?
 
A calamity day is defined as: a school closure determined by the Superintendent for inclement weather or other public disastrous event. A calamity day is considered a non-instructional day. RCS’s Central Office will remain open during calamity days unless otherwise noted.

Monitoring Weather Conditions:
 We closely monitor the weather forecast and have provided helpful links on our website (www.reyn.org) for snow and extremely cold temperatures throughout the winter months. We also maintain communication with the local road crews and police, and drive neighborhoods.

When assessing the safety of the morning commute, our focus is on school transportation. Are the temperatures and wind chills causing a frost-bite risk for children waiting 15-30 minutes at school bus stops (generally approximately -10F degrees wind chill)? Can school bus drivers navigate their routes with proper traction and visibility? Is the timing of the weather event such that city crews will not have time to plow or treat main roads?

Closures vs. Delays
Whenever possible, the decision to close or delay school will be made the previous evening. However, announcements may be made as late as 6:00 a.m. depending on a variety of factors.

When Reynoldsburg City Schools CLOSE:
  •  All evening activities in the elementary and middle school buildings are cancelled.
  •  High school evening activities may take place depending on the weather throughout the day. Communication regarding such events will be made by relevant coaches or advisors.
  • Preschool is cancelled.
  • Transportation to Eastland-Fairfield Career Center is not provided.
  • Community groups scheduled to use school facilities (e.g., Park and Rec, Scouts, etc.) will have their events cancelled.
When the Reynoldsburg City Schools DELAY:
  • AM kindergarten is cancelled.
  • AM preschool is cancelled.
  • Eastland-Fairfield Career Center morning bus runs are cancelled.
Parents, you know your children best. If you are concerned for your children's safety getting to and from school or activities, we respect your right to keep them home.

Communication Tools
When the decision to declare a calamity day is made, we use multiple avenues to communicate. As technology is not always fool-proof, we rely on several messaging channels to alert the community of any schedule changes. Those channels include:
  •  Notifying local television and radio stations
  •  Posting on social media: Instagram (@ReynSchools), Twitter (@ReynSchools), Facebook (@reynschools)
  • Updating the website (www.reyn.org) and the REYN App
  • Sending emails, texts and phone calls to families
If you are not sure if the correct contact information is in our system for you to be notified, please call your building secretary. In addition, check your email spam folders for any emails that do not go to your inbox.
Sincerely, 

Dr. Melvin J. Brown Signature
 
Dr. Melvin J. Brown
Superintendent
Reynoldsburg City Schools
 
 Click here to read a PDF of the letter.
 
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