|Teacher Training Inservice Center, 2233 Village Square Parkway, Fleming Island|
|July 14, 2020 - School Board Workshop|
Date: Jul 14 2020 (3:30 p.m.)
|Invocation (Ashley Gilhousen, Board Member)|
|Call to Order (Present: Janice Kerekes, District 1; Carol Studdard, District 2; Tina Bullock, District 3; Mary Bolla, District 4; Ashley Gilhousen, District 5; and Superintendent David Broskie)|
|1. Discuss Reopening of Schools Plan(s)|
|DRAFT 2020-2021 CCDS School Reopening Plan.pdf|
|Reopening of Schools - Board Workshop 7_14_2020 (2).pdf|
Superintendent Broskie introduced John Ward, Director of Emergency Management, in attendance via teleconferencing, who provided an overview of current new ways of living in response to the existing health crisis. Mr. Ward shared information related to facial coverings (strongly encouraged vs mandated), personal responsibility, and the method and prevention of virus spread.
Heather Huffman, Director of the Clay County Health Department, present via teleconferencing, provided updated data re coronavirus case numbers and the recent uptick resulting from increased testing and community spread. Information was shared relating to the median age range during the months the virus has progressed. Community-based testing in Green Cove Springs information was provided. The benefits of social distancing and various barriers were discussed as well as the value, feasibility, and CDC guidance on temperature checks. Facial coverings are strongly encouraged where social distancing cannot occur and when encountering indoor spaces where distance cannot be achieved. Contact tracing is made more efficient when utilizing assigned seating on buses and in classrooms, and contract tracing will be performed by the Department of Health. Guidance on the application of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was shared.
Superintendent Broskie discussed the draft CCDS Smart Restart School Reopening Plan, outlining the four options available to students and enhanced cleaning procedures. Topics for discussion included the following -
Victoria Kidwell, Clay County Education Association President, addressed the board to encourage planning for students to be in and remain in school, the use of CDC protocols, and a positive mindset. She indicated limiting class sizes would improve social distancing and requested enhanced cleaning throughout the day, adequate supplies, HVAC filters, improved air circulation, increased time outdoors, and the use of a face-covering policy that would require masks when social distancing is not possible, with accommodations when needed.
|Questions from the Audience|
|2. Questions from the Audience|
Public attendees submitted questions related to reopening -
|3. Superintendent's Comments|
The superintendent expressed his appreciation of the questions and concerns of the public as well as the contributions and professionalism of the board.
|School Board Comments|
|4. School Board Member Comments|
Mrs. Kerekes requested signs re facial coverings be displayed at the district offices and asked Human Resources to research whether the 80 hours of COVID leave is a per occurrence or total amount. She desires class size be addressed and that numbers are examined, with shifting/movement and all available means utilized to create maximum social distancing. Concern was expressed re the utilization of services provided by Take Stock in Children being affected by the public's limited access to schools. Board members agreed that the required services rendered by Take Stock would be an exception to the policy and the suggestion was made for establishing a designated meeting spot for working with those students. Dr. Legutko, Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs, was asked to develop information re the effect of the suggested calendar change on employees' health insurance benefits. Graduation was also mentioned, noting that each school has developed a plan for the safe distribution of diplomas.
Mrs. Gilhousen expressed appreciation for the professional discussion re facial coverings, the diverse opinions on this topic, and looks forward to working on this policy.
Mrs. Bullock appreciated the development of the reopening plan.
Mrs. Bolla expressed gratitude for all in attendance, for the work done by the superintendent and subcommittees, and that we are united in supporting one another in this situation.
Mrs. Studdard extended appreciation to the board for the good, open discussion and gratitude for the numerous emails she has received.
|Adjournment (7:33 p.m.)|