Rome City Schools plan to return to in-person instruction on August 3. Extra precautions will be in place such as daily temperature checks/screenings before entering building and buses, face masks (required in the beginning) and increased social distancing. RCS also plans to offer a Virtual Learning Academy for those families who want to pursue that option for the school year. District reopening plans
Statement from Superintendent Louis Byars: “I hope everyone is having a great summer and staying healthy and safe. I want to thank all of you who participated in the parent surveys that were sent out over the last few weeks. They were extremely helpful in determining our path forward so that we can return to school.
“The Rome City School Board of Education met this evening and I recommended a return to school plan that they did approve. I am attaching that plan to this email. We currently plan to start the year with everyone coming to school. If our community is in the midst of a substantial COVID-19 outbreak at the time school begins, we may have to start with everyone attending school virtually. That is not the situation at this time. However, we do plan to offer a Virtual Learning Academy for those families who wish to pursue that as an option. More details to come on that later.
“Given that we plan to start school with students returning to class, we will be taking extra precautions such as the wearing of facial coverings, screening of everyone entering the building, etc. Our goal is to provide our students with a quality education while keeping healthy and safe. Thank you for your support of Rome City Schools. Please enjoy some time with your family this summer. I look forward to seeing everyone in about a month. Stay Safe and GO WOLVES!”
Few of the key COVID-19 Prevention Protocols:
○ Recommend/Optional (Require in the beginning where there is lack of social/physical distancing capability)
○ District provision for those who want one
○ No self-serve buffets; Disposable trays and utensils
○ Individual items wrapped or in containers/Pre-packaged as feasible/available(Mixture of Hot and Cold meals)
○ Reduced seating in the cafeteria(rotation of classes) with grab and go for students to eat in classrooms/outside/etc.
○ Alter start/stop times as well as instructional schedules to allow for longer periods of time for arrival, dismissal, transitions, breakfast/lunch times, and recess
○ Daily temperature screening for employees as first school/students upon entry to school
○ Daily temperature screening for students before entry to bus and/or school
■ Bus riders ages 9 and older with a failed screening will be sent back home; parent/guardian will be contacted
■ Bus riders ages 8 and under with a failed screening will be sent back home with parent/guardian or with sibling age 13 and older; parent/guardian will be contacted (Any student aged 8 and under who has a fever with no parent/guardian or sibling aged 13 or older will be given a mask, assigned to the front seat, and report to the nurse upon arrival.)
○ As much as possible where possible
○ Remove extra furniture from classrooms to allow for more spacing of desks/Replace tables with desks where needed
○ Students riding bus will ride with maximum of 2 to a seat (depending on spread level) /children from same household will sit together; additional routes
○ Modified recess/activity schedule to allow for separation and smaller groups
○ Marked flow paths
○ No large group gatherings
Saint Mary’s Catholic School plans to open Aug. 5. The Rome school is planning in-person instruction. Health and safety protocols will be in place for the protection of students and staff. “These details are still evolving with the work of our own school task force and we will continue to share information with you as plans are finalized,” says Jenny Rittgers, the school’s new principal.