Information about the 2020 graduation ceremony was sent home to the senior class and their families this week. The ceremonies will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude some time around 2:00 p.m. There will be six modified ceremonies, each lasting between 25-30 minutes, with 30 minutes to sanitize the facility in between. Students will be provided all appropriate PPE to be used during the ceremony. Within each modified ceremony, students will have a processional, hear the. student speeches, walk the stage for their diploma, hear the alma mater, and close the ceremony. Also like a normal year, the ceremonies will be live streamed on our website for those to view who can nott attend. Unlike other years, where the entire class can be together, we have planned two events that in the end signify the unity of the Class of 2020. First, at the conclusion of each ceremony, graduates will be asked to spray paint their name on the field and at the end of the day we will get photographs of the entire class' signatures on the field. Second, graduates will be provided a lantern to be sent into the night's sky at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night as a symbol of doing something together for the last time. The day should be the best possible ceremony we can provide to our students, given the circumstances. Of importance for everyone that is not a student, we ask that you please abide by all regulations and requirements as we do not want to risk having the ceremony shut down for non-compliance. This has happened to schools, as close as New Hartford, who had their ceremony shut down twice. We understand that this is not an ideal situation and is prohibitive of some to attend, but the ceremony is about the students and their accomplishments. We owe it to them to not jeopardize the day.
Thank You Rome
Thank you to the Rome community for the support and successful passage of the 2020-2021 school budget. This year has been far from normal in every aspect and absentee ballot process of voting was a challenge for everyone. There was a lot to learn on behalf of all parties (voters included), and we are proud of the voter participation and support. On behalf of the students and staff, thank you!
Pandemic Related SEL Support
During this week's State Education Department Re-Opening Meeting, SED shared an article with participants about pandemic related trauma leading to stress. The article is a quick read and has some good general information that can help students and adults cope with all of the change that we have been thrown into. To access the article, please go here: https://www.educationdive.com/news/pandemic-induced-trauma-stress-leading-to-uptick-in-sel-need/576710/.