District urges parents, staff to review state COVID-19 toolkit


Rome school district parents and staff are being urged by district Superintendent Peter C. Blake to review the state Health Department’s recently issued “Pre-K to Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit” online document.

The document details various decision-making steps for whether students and staff can be in attendance at schools, relating to such factors as COVID-19 symptoms, tests and potential exposures.

It also addresses procedures/protocols if symptoms or a positive case develop in school.

“The information within the document is certainly information that schools have been asking for throughout the reopening process,” Blake said in his online blog. “The document is extremely detailed and has many easy-to-read graphics which clearly outline when students and staff should not be attending schools.”

The toolkit document is at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/10/prek-gr12_toolkit.pdf online.

The Rome school district began its 2020-21 academic year in mid-September on an all-remote basis for general education. The district plans to have students return to general instruction classrooms on Oct. 26 in a hybrid schedule combining in-person and remote instruction.


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