Rome district calendar omits event dates amid uncertainty

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The Rome school district’s newly issued 2020-21 calendar that was put in the mail to families last week is not as detailed as it typically is, because of potential impacts of COVID-19.

Dates are indicated for such items as holidays and school breaks, marking periods, parent-teacher conferences, state tests and Board of Education meetings.

But there are no dates listed for various school events like concerts, dances, proms, parent-teacher-group meetings, book fairs, and family nights.

“This year we opted to not include school event items on this calendar because of the probability of changes,” according to a message on the second page of the 28-page document. A posting on the school district’s Facebook page said “we have dates for all of the events but because of the uncertainty of the pandemic decided to remove them, knowing we can always add them on our online calendar on the district website, Facebook and other ways to communicate.”

Among dates listed:

• Holidays when there is no school — Oct. 12, Columbus Day; Nov. 11, Veterans Day; Nov. 25-27, Thanksgiving recess; Dec. 23-Jan. 1, winter recess including Christmas and New Year’s Day; Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; May 24, Memorial Day;

• Superintendent Conference Days, no school — Oct. 23, March 19;

• Mid-winter recess, no school — Feb. 15-19; Spring recess, no school — April 2-9;

• Parent/teacher conferences — Dec. 4, 7-8, 18;

• State assessments — March 25-27, English Language Arts, grades 3-8; May 4-6, Math, grades 3-8.

• Advanced Placement exams, Rome Free Academy — May 3-12;

• School budget vote — May 18;

• State Regents exams — June 16-June 25;

• RFA graduation — June 26 at 10 a.m.

The school district this week opened the 2020-21 academic year with all-remote instruction for general education for at least six weeks, and the district will evaluate the situation going forward from there.

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