Sunday, May 3, 2020

Teacher Appreciation Week...

Every year, the first full week of May marks TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK across our country. This year, it seems even more prudent to acknowledge the work of teachers in our community and throughout the country. Educators everywhere have been thrown into an entire new reality and many have worked harder than ever to ensure that their students are taken care of and have what they need to be successful. Teaching has always been a 24/7 profession, but the past 7 weeks have just reminded us all just how much work goes into our profession. Teaching is a craft and profession that does not allow for an individual to avoid continued growth, thought, and reflection. Beyond just our classroom teachers, we need to recognize our entire community, as we are all teachers in some way, shape or form. We all do this together for our children and that is what breeds success. Finally, I thank all our children's first teachers, the parents and family members. Having a foundation of learning at home is a tremendous benefit to our children and we thank our community, family members, and parents for partnering with us on this educational journey. Please take a moment this week to recognize your child's teacher(s) and on behalf of the entire District Administration, I thank our faculty for everything that they continue to do on a daily basis for the betterment of our schools, community, and lives of children!!

COVID-19 Update


By now, you may have heard that Governor Cuomo has announced that schools will remain physically closed and instruction will be completed virtually for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This news is certainly not the uplifting message that many students and adults in our community were hoping for, but it is nonetheless the directive we need to follow. We expect that many students will be going through various emotions as everyone copes with this new reality. If you need support for your child, please visit our website on social/emotional health here: https://sites.google.com/romecsd.org/rcsdcovid-19updates/family-health-mental-health-resources or contact your child's counselor directly. In the coming weeks we will be developing plans for our graduation ceremony, methods for students/staff to obtain any remaining personal belongings from the buildings, and begin the preparations for what September may look like as directed by the Governor. At this time, it remains a very real possibility that schools will not be open in full swing come the Fall. Please stay tuned for further updates on all items related to the end of the school year.

Budget/BOE Elections Update


The Governor has also released an Executive Order that outlines the school budget vote and Board of Education elections process. All school budget votes will now happen on June 9, 2020 and will occur through absentee ballot only. The school district is required to mail all ballots to qualified voters, and include a stamped return envelope for the vote. The order also postponed the annual budget hearing, however no details have yet been announced as to what this means. Board of Education seats will also be voted on during the June 9 vote and will also be absentee ballot. Any person interested in running for one of the open Board of Education seats should contact our business office at least 30 days prior to the election. There is no requirement to obtain qualified signatures this year, so anyone that wants to run, can run. All candidates must be listed on the ballot in alphabetical order. Finally, we anticipate the draft budget to be prepared and presented to the community via video, as we have done for the past several years. When the presentation is available, we will make an announcement.

Can You Pass a Bill Challenge


As a former Educator, Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon understands the struggle and demands that schools and teachers are facing during this uncertain time. Therefore, in an effort to help encourage home education, the Assemblywoman is inviting all students to take part of a virtual challenge. 'Can You Pass A Bill Challenge' welcomes students to create a bill for New York State and submit it directly to the Assemblywoman. Every student who submits their bill will receive a letter and certificate from the 119th Assembly District office. The Assemblywoman hopes these awards will serves as a reminder that hard work and perseverance, even through the toughest times, can come with great rewards. For more information, please visit her website here: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/Marianne-Buttenschon/story/92065