RFA bowling, swimming practices delayed

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Because the Rome school cistrict has gone to all-remote learning, the bowling and swimming teams that would have been able to begin practicing Monday will likely have to wait until at least Jan. 25, according to Superintendent Peter C. Blake.

“Section III has announced that no sports can practice if a district is completely remote,” Blake said. “This is different than the fall and caught everyone off-guard. We are working on clarification as to when we may be able to begin those practices. If they don’t change their stance, then it would be Jan. 25.”

Blake announced this week that the Rome district would remain all-remote until Jan. 25, instead of a previously scheduled return to some in-person classes on Jan. 11.

High-risk sports have already been postponed until the state authorizes them to take place. The state lists the following winter sports as high-risk: basketball, lacrosse, competitive cheerleading, football, ice hockey, volleyball and wrestling.

Skiing is also allowed as a low-risk sport this winter but Rome doesn’t have ski teams.

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