“We know the calendar’s going to have to be modified, and that’s going to include probably some reductions in instructional days,” he said during the meeting. “We need to make sure the budget and the calendar are aligned. And we know, we’ve already discussed needing to make adjustments to the budget that would impact the calendar.”
District officials also announced the first few weeks of school would be taught virtually, with the district declaring a substantial spread as COVID-19 infections are increasing faster than any other time since the virus was declared a pandemic. Reassessments are scheduled around the board's monthly meetings, on Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7.
The district prepared plans for returning to schools according to the spread of the coronavirus, which include students and staff returning amid a low spread, a hybrid in-person and virtual learning model during a moderate spread and distance learning during a substantial spread.
Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris, sitting in her first board meeting, announced reopening plans for when the district will reopen buildings for instruction. Those plans include things such as requiring that masks be worn in school district buildings, that temperature checks be performed.
“These are strategic actions ensuring the safety and well-being of students, staff and families,” she said. “Safety of our students and staff is our No. 1 priority.”