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