Community encouraged to chime in on ‘Thought Exchange’

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The community is being encouraged to participate in a statewide virtual “Thought Exchange” about the eventual reopening of school buildings that have been closed due to COVID-19.

The exchange, facilitated by the state’s 37 BOCES agencies, is at https://my.thoughtexchange.com/333518046 and was noted by Rome school district Superintendent Peter C. Blake in his online blog Sunday.

“I encourage everyone to use the link...to share your thoughts and help evaluate the critical issues,” said Blake, whose message added “thank you in advance for your participation.”

Schools have been closed since mid-March, and will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year.

The Thought Exchange site asks “What ideas and thoughts do you have as you think about a return to in-person schooling?”

It also says “as we look to the future, we must think about what a return to school buildings might look like and how best to support students, families and staff.”

“The exchange results will be shared with our elected officials so that they will have a more global understanding of the thoughts and ideas our community members have about returning to in-person schooling,” the Thought Exchange site later adds.

Contributions to the virtual exchange are anonymous. The site says “your thoughts will be shared with other participants, but not your identity. You will see and rate the thoughts that others have provided based on how much you agree/disagree or how important you feel the ideas are.”

In addition, the site says “please be polite and respectful as you share and rate thoughts. Thoughts that are rude or hurtful may be removed from the conversation.”

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