July 28, 2020 Board Meeting Summary

Recommendation to Approve School Reopening Plan
The Board approved a School Reopening Plan. School will still be held in person Monday-Thursday and at home (or optional at school) on Friday as originally approved. Students can also choose to learn virtually online instead of attending school in person. Students will start one week later than previously scheduled on Aug. 24 and 25.

  • Public Input Regarding School Reopening Plan
  • A number of parents and teachers thanked the Board and administration for the hard work that went into creating the reopening plan. They asked that the proposed plan be amended to provide for safe social distancing. Some parents and teachers also asked the Board to adopt a plan with medical science in mind because they worry about the risk for students and educators.
  • Kelly Giffin, JEA President, thanked the Board for providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for teachers in our schools. She said teachers do want to be back in the classroom but they want to start slowly with social distancing and safety in mind. Ms. Giffin and others asked the Board to consider an A, B schedule.
  • A number of parents said students need to be back in school and urged the board to move forward with their reopening plan. Others wanted to know how the wearing of masks will be enforced.

Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Anthony Godfrey recognized Homeless and Migrant Outreach Coordinator, Hilda Lloyd and the homeless liaisons for the important work they do in our schools to make sure students in need find success. The Superintendent praised the team for their creative thinking to make sure students are taken care of personally and academically in order to graduate.

Public Input
Elma Scheid introduced herself as the new JESPA President and said she looks forward to working with the Board.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property, potential litigation, negotiations and security. In open session, the Board discussed the plan to reopen schools.

– Sandy Riesgraf, Director of Communications

Board of Education
Bryce Dunford, President – Precinct 5
Tracy J. Miller, Vice President – Precinct 3
Matthew Young, Secretary – Precinct 2
Jen Atwood, Member – Precinct 7
Marilyn Richards, Member – Precinct 4
Darrell Robinson, Member – Precinct 1
Janice L. Voorhies, Member – Precinct 6