While in-person instruction is not planned for at least six weeks to start the new academic year due to COVID-19, incoming freshmen at Rome Free Academy will have a chance to come to the 95 Dart Circle building next week.
Orientations for freshmen, with students to come in three separate groups based on the first letters of their last names, will be held Sept. 8, according to the school district.
The schedule that day includes 10-11 a.m. for students with last names beginning with A-F; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for last names beginning with G-N; 1-2 p.m. for last names beginning with O-Z.
The school district is planning for remote instruction from Sept. 14 at least until Oct. 26, when students are scheduled to begin returning to school.
“We have heard very positive things about this class of freshmen and we hope that we can, at some point this fall, get to see their smiling faces walking the halls of Rome Free Academy,” RFA Principal Brian LeBaron said in a letter last week to parents. “With that being said, we want to do what we can to acclimate our incoming freshmen as best as possible and that means we are going to provide a day and time...where we can open the doors of RFA for a short orientation.”
While it “will not be a traditional orientation where we meet in the large auditorium and explain the expectations we have for students, it will be a day where students will have an opportunity to walk the building and locate their classrooms,” the letter said. “There will be guidance counselors and administrators in the building to answer questions if needed. Otherwise, this is simply an opportunity for freshmen to see the building in-person as we continue to follow the regulations of social distancing.”
Social distancing rules are in effect at all times and masks must be worn at all times, the letter added. RFA overall includes grades 9-12. Its total enrollment for the four grades has been in the approximately 1,500 range.