Both the Rome City and Floyd County Schools have opted to delay opening for the 2020-2021 school year until August 13th, due to coronavirus concerns. The city schools had been previously scheduled to begin the new school year on August 3rd, while county schools’ first day had been set for August 6th.
A statement was posted on the city schools’ Facebook page on Thursday night in which RCS Superintendent Lou Byers said, “This coming year will be full of challenges for everyone from students to teachers and parents. Your efforts and understanding are truly appreciated.”
The decision as to whether to begin instruction at the schools or with flexible learning for students will be made later.
Members of the Floyd County Schools’ Board of Education agreed at a called meeting on Thursday morning to delay the start of that system’s school year, as a response to the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson. This recommendation is set for approval during the regular board meeting on July 20th, according to an FCS media release.
A survey was sent out to all FCS families earlier this week that asks parents to choose between a traditional in-school learning model and virtual at-home learning model for the first nine weeks of the upcoming 2020-21 school year. This survey closes on July 21st at 11:59 pm.