Sophia Cacko ’21 Kayleigh Rienas ’21: Different from years past, the 2020-2021 school year brings numerous changes and safety modifications. In accordance with county and state mandates adapting and changing, school districts throughout the state must remain flexible and vigilant to keep up-to-date with the new protocols.

To ensure safety of students and staff and to abide by state and county protocols, Romeo Schools alter their schedules, lunch accommodations, seating arrangements, and style of learning. Administrators work to keep everyone safe while still providing a sense of normalcy for students, and meet success. With the efficient methods of contact-tracing implemented into daily routines, Romeo remains open despite positive COVID-19 cases in the district.

An administrator working hard to create a safe learning environment, RHS Principal Mr. Bernie Osebold shares how the administration tackles the situation of telling who to quarantine after a positive case.

For each positive case of COVID in our building, we initiate an investigation to determine close contacts in our building. As a part of this process, we visit each classroom (and lunchroom) to determine any other individual who has been 6 feet or closer for 15 minutes or more,” Osebold said.

Since reopening in September, the Macomb County Health Department and Romeo Administration continue to work together, ensuring that the Macomb County Health Department’s protocols for contract tracing are followed. The importance of ensuring transparency surrounding cases and protocol with the Covid Dashboard remains a priority for the district in order to deliver up to date information to the Romeo community.  

“I think we should really be open because I think the more transparent you are, then the more everyone is aware of the precautions and protocols that are in place and they understand and realize what is happening. It is what it is, so why not be open about it?” Business Academy Principal Natalie Davis said. 

When viewing the Romeo Community Schools website, members of the community find numerous resources that assist in staying informed. When clicking on “Coronavirus (COVID-19) EMERGENCY INFORMATION”, viewers receive access to official documents, approved plans, support resources, a constantly-updated COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard, and more.

“I appreciate the ability to look at the cases and the origins of both positive and close contact. It really helps the school and community stay informed,” Business Academy counselor Holly Anderson said.  

Public transparency available on the district dashboard provides families within the community the information to assist them in making informed decisions in selecting what learning option, Remote or Hybrid, is best for their child’s learning and safety during the pandemic.

Although this year presents unforeseen challenges, the Romeo administration works endlessly in ensuring the safety and well-being of our Bulldogs. 

Be sure to visit https://romeok12.org/inside-rcs/coronavirus-covid-19–2020-2021/ to stay up-to-date on everything related to COVID-19 in the district.

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