The Rome City School District Board of Education, many of whom have children attending Rome district schools, share the priority placed by the majority of district parents that its students be back in school and learning in person.
So, the board has responded to the acute crisis involving quarantined district school bus drivers that forced an announcement of a temporary return to remote learning by fashioning the idea of organizing car pools driven by parents who can commit to driving their own children (and possibly other students in their neighborhoods) to and/or from school and, if enough parents could commit to carpool or walking scenarios during the proposed remote time frame, designing temporary bus routes driven by the remaining drivers not required to quarantine to accommodate students who would still require bus transportation.
Families of students in the Rome City School District are asked to fill out a survey, currently posted on the district website (www.romecsd.org) and provided here:
Link to survey: https://forms.gle/zxN3AW3an9jv17AZ8
Surveys must be completed as soon as possible. Members of the community are asked to share the information and the link with families of school-age children via means such as social media pages, email blasts and other social networks.
“Covid is not going away,” said board member Anna Megerell, who is also a mother of three children who are students in the Rome district. “We need to come up with ways to keep our schools open.”
A plan would need to galvanize quickly to have in place in time for this coming Monday, where – otherwise – the temporary return to remote learning for the Rome district would begin.