District eyes June 10 as ‘give back’


The Rome school district is eyeing Monday, June 10, as a newly scheduled day off, in order to use a remaining contingency day that is not expected to be needed for weather or emergency closings in the school year ending June 30. Plans for the “contingency day give back” that would be “barring any unforeseen event happening between now and June 10” were announced by school district Superintendent Peter C. Blake in his online blog.

“After a careful review of the school calendar and activities for the months of May and June, the only day remaining this school year where there are no major activities occurring that cannot be rescheduled is Monday, June 10,” Blake’s blog message observed. “By utilizing this day, none of the student activities, field trips, or building events will be affected....”

The Rome district began the current 2018-19 school year with five available contingency days, and “utilized four due to weather,” Blake said separately on Monday. The contingency days are commonly referred to as “snow days.”

Staley Elementary School was closed on Sept. 6 and 7 for the first two days of classes in the 2018-19 year due to mold-related issues, while the other school district classes were in session. When asked how Staley was accounting for the two closure days that were not used at that time by the rest of the district, Blake said “Staley made up one day during the March superintendent’s conference day and will make up the other day during the Regents exam rating day” which is June 26 according to the school district calendar. He added “the other buildings are scheduled to be closed with staff only reporting.” On March 15 the schedule included Staley students attending for a half-day of instruction, with classes otherwise not in session during the superintendent’s conference day, Blake’s March 10 blog said.

Unused contingency/snow days each year have become off-days on agreed-upon dates, under the Rome teachers contract. The approximately 500-member Rome Teachers Association union is the school district’s largest employee unit.

The unused contingency days have been applied on various dates in previous years. In 2018, one remaining day was used on Friday, April 20, just ahead of the annual spring recess week when schools were closed. The district also has applied unused days in conjunction with the Memorial Day weekend in May several other times.


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