January 11, 2021
Video of Board Meeting below:
Board Meeting Details
The January 11th regular board meeting was held both on site at the District Office and remotely via Zoom. Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, only 10 people were permitted inside the boardroom at any given time, observing proper physical distancing and wearing face coverings. Members of the public could listen/observe the meeting by logging in to a designated Zoom webinar. For open/community participation, a laptop was set up in the District Office to accommodate live public comment. The district also created a dedicated voicemail line for public comment.
National Board Certification Recognition
Shepard Teacher Presentation
Community Participation Relative to Matters on the Meeting Agenda
Mr. Rafferty explained that the factors the district is using in their decision-making have evolved over time. We know much more now than we did in the summer.
1. We continue to work closely with the Lake County Health Department, who, since October, has revised their School Decision Dashboard which provides greater flexibility for schools to consider when deciding on what type of learning opportunity to provide.
2. Medical experts and advisers have stated that the district's mitigation protocols and PPE supply in place will minimize the risk of transmission by individuals in our buildings.
3. There has been more information about the social emotional impact that virtual learning has had on children.
4. Other schools in our area using similar mitigation protocols have not seen outbreaks or extensive transmission of COVID-19.
He said that District 109 is in the pipeline for SHIELD testing and that teachers may be in line for COVID-19 vaccinations in February.
Mr. Rafferty said that the district will continue to look at all of these factors, along with current hybrid schedules, to see how in-person instructional time can be increased during this current school year.
Meeting Minutes from Closed Session with IASB on 12/15 was approved.
Personnel items were approved.
Bills for payment were approved.
Meeting Minutes from Open Sessions on 11/16, 12/15, and 1/6/21 were approved.
Finance Committee will be meeting on January 25th.
Policy Committee will be meeting on January 25th.
Open Community Participation
Adjourn To Closed Session
They reconvened in open session at 9:32 and voted to adjourn the meeting.
Upcoming School Board Meetings
Monday, February 8, 2021 -- Regular Board Meeting
Monday, March 8, 2021 -- Committee of the Whole
Monday, March 29, 2021 -- Regular Board Meeting