ROME, N.Y. – Rome City School District Superintendent Peter Blake sent a letter to parents and staff Wednesday, notifying them that the district has decided to follow a completely remote learning plan for the first six weeks of the school year.
"This decision has not come lightly, and while it is not the popular decision, it is the best decision amongst a list of less than perfect options," said Blake.
The district reopening team cited several reasons for postponing in-person learning, including:
- Difficulty detecting positive cases in asymptomatic people
- Meeting testing requirements and associated costs
- Unclear overall guidelines from the state
- Staffing issues
- Scheduling conflicts with simultaneous in-person and remote learning
- Unreasonable timeframe to implement a safe plan for in-person instruction
“We know that our schools play an important role in providing stability and safety for our students, families and staff, and we understand that this decision can pose a hardship for families. However, our leadership team believes this decision is in the best interest of our entire community’s health, safety and well-being,” said Blake.
Teachers and administrators will meet over the next several weeks to discuss instruction and make schedules.
Blake says all students will have access to electronic devices and the internet, "so that the barriers to at home learning are minimal."
The district has scheduled three community meetings via Zoom next week on the following days:
- Monday, Aug. 17: 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, Aug. 19: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
These forums will allow people to voice concerns and ask questions about reopening plans.
The full letter can be viewed below: