In the coming weeks, there will be some adjustments to our website due to the need to ensure that the site is ADA compliant. Recently, the American's with Disabilities Act began to encompass elements on the internet with websites becoming one of them. Many schools and universities across the country have unfortunately been struggling to maintain a website that meets the requirements of the new ADA accessibility law, but luckily for Rome, our new website is in much better shape than many of our counterparts. Our web developers and I.T. department took careful attention to the new ADA guidelines when building our site. Unfortunately, one aspect of our site that is not compliant with the ADA guidelines or our Board of Education videos and live streaming features. We were informed of some concerns this week by the Office of Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Education and for this reason we have had to remove the videos from the website and will be suspending our live streaming feature. In the coming weeks, we are looking into the financial and human resources requirements to make this feature ADA compliant so that we can once again offer this feature. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through this situation.
With the start of the school year comes with it the reminder of school vaccination requirements. Each year, schools deal with many many cases of students not having their mandated vaccinations for participation in school. Unfortunately, by law, we are obligated to bar a student from school who does not have the mandatory vaccinations within 14 days of the start of the school year. If your student does not have the required vaccines, please make every attempt to get them ASAP and/or speak with your school nurse and principal so that the school is aware of the situation.
The following notes are from the New York State Department of Health:
Children in a prekindergarten setting should be age-appropriately immunized. The number of doses depends on the schedule recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). For grades Pre-k through 9, intervals between doses of vaccine should be in accordance with the ACIP-recommended immunization schedule for persons 0 through 18 years of age. (Exception: intervals between doses of polio vaccine DO NOT need to be reviewed for grades 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12.) Doses received before the minimum age or intervals are not valid and do not count toward the number of doses listed below. Intervals between doses of vaccine DO NOT need to be reviewed for grades 10 through 12. See footnotes for specific information for each vaccine. Children who are enrolling in grade-less classes should meet the immunization requirements of the grades for which they are age equivalent.
A copy of the required vaccinations can be found through the link below: