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Rome City Schools Announces Schools Closing and Start of Virtual Learning Due to COVID-19

October 27th, 2020 – 11:15 AM

Rome City Schools – 

At the direction of Superintendent Louis Byars, all Rome City Schools will transition from in-person learning to virtual learning on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 through Friday, November 6, 2020 due to several schools showing symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19.  RCS currently has over 600 students, faculty and staff members in quarantine due to possible exposure or positive test results.

Return date to in-person learning is subject to the number of cases meeting the requirements of the RCS Decision Matrix. Students will receive Wednesday’s assignments to complete from home before leaving school on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

Live sessions with the student’s teacher, virtual classes, will begin on Thursday, October 29. Monday, November 2nd is scheduled for parent/teacher conferences and flexible learning. All conferences will be virtual, and no online classes will be live on this day.

Students will be issued a Chromebook. RCS is diligently working on distributing these devices to students and will be providing updates regarding internet access as soon as the information becomes available.

Rome City Schools will continue to offer Virtual Online Live Tutoring (VOLT), a program offered by RCS and started this September by the system. VOLT is an online tutoring service designed to offer virtual students’

educational resources and help provide educational support to all students. For more information regarding VOLT, please contact your school’s administration.

We plan to continue with all extracurricular activities, and the system will provide transportation each day for those students who need it. If you have questions regarding practice schedules or event details, please contact your school’s athletic department.

Rome City Schools Nutrition will send home three days’ worth of meals today (Tuesday, October 27) to students. Meals for next week will be available for pickup on Friday, October 30, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00

p.m. Meals will be available at all elementary schools, as well as at Rome High School. Students can pick-up meals at any school.

RCS safety protocols, in partnership with the Department of Public Health for cleaning and sanitizing any affected areas, is in progress. We will continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations from the Georgia

Department of Education, Georgia Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control. The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff remains our number one priority.