Message about the SY22-23 PSSAs


Updated: 04/09/2020

Update 04/09/2020: RBCS will remain closed through the remainder of the academic year.

Update 03/26/2020 12:25p: Please be advised, RBCS will be closed through April 6th 2020, at least. We are following Philadelphia School District’s guidance. We have added a page to assist students and families with Supplemental Learning while our students are away from the classroom.

Update 03/23/2020 3:15p: The School District of Philadelphia has updated their Grab-and-Go Meal sites, you can find the updated information here.

There are additional online resources and printable learning guides available on our Learning Support Page here.

The healthy and safety of our students, families, and staff is paramount at Russell Byers Charter School. We have created this page to keep our families updated on the evolving health issue involving the coronavirus(COVID-19)

We are working closely with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, School District of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education and carefully taking the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first suspected case of Coronavirus in Pennsylvania has hit the news but no official reporting has been made by the CDC.

We have compiled information that will help keep you healthy and minimize the spread of infection of coronavirus(COVID-19). Russell ByersCharter School will continue to update this page with new information as we get it.

UPDATE 03/13/2020 08:00: We continue to work closely with the Phia. Dept of Health and the School district to monitor the ongoing situation and plans have been put into place coordinating with PSD and the Charter Office should we need to take further preventative measures to keep our students, staff, and community safe.  As you may have heard, Montgomery County has issued orders, effectively shutting down schools and non-essential businesses for two weeks to help contain and manage the COVID-19 outbreak. While this has little impact on RBCS at this time, PSD has closed 63 schools that are close to the Montgomery County border to assist in this containment effort. We are currently open and serving our students, should anything change we will message that to you as quickly as possible.

What Families Need to Know

How is coronavirus spread?

How To Properly Wash Your Hands


Close contact
with people
Touching a surface or object
that has the virus on it and
then touching your
mouth, nose, or eyes

What are the symptoms?

Cough Fever  Shortness
of breath


How can I help protect myself?

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects

Avoid putting fingers in your mouth, ears, or eyes

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water

Cover your nose and mouth with
a tissue when you cough or sneeze – and wash your hands afterward
If you are sick, stay home until your fever is gone for 24 hours



What is coronavirus exactly?

It is a new, previously unidentified virus, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Similar coronaviruses cause symptoms of a common cold or upper respiratory illness.

How does it spread?

The exact method of contagion is not known at this time. It is known that it is spread from person to person from individuals experiencing fever and cough. Frequent hand washing is encouraged to limit exposure to this as well as the flu virus.

Should I send my child to school?

At this time, there are no restrictions for school or work. However, just like the flu or common cold, if your child is exhibiting symptoms of fever or cough, they should remain home until they are fever and cough free for twenty-four hours without medication.

Have there been any reported cases of coronavirus in Philadelphia? Any reported cases in schools?

At this time, there have been zero confirmed cases in Philadelphia or the School District of Philadelphia. The CDC is providing updated information about cases in the United States.

Should my child wear a mask?

According to health professionals and the CDC, at this time it is not necessary to invest in surgical face masks and exam gloves. These items provide an illusion of safety when actually, without proper training, proper hand-washing and other preventive steps, the benefits are minimal.

Can we still travel, for example over spring break?

For the latest updates and advice on travel please refer to the CDC’s page.

Will we be notified if someone at school contracts coronavirus?

Families and communities will be notified in accordance with the Philadelphia Department of Health and the CDC if a confirmed case of the new coronavirus is identified in our city or schools.

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