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Board Briefs - Feb. 23, 2021

Here are a few highlights from last night’s board meeting:

COVID-19 safety plans and reopening status

Staff provided the board with an update on the district’s COVID-19 safety plans and reopening status. Currently, plans and agreements are in place to offer the option to return to in-person learning for ALL grade levels once Sacramento County reaches the red tier of the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment system. However, the district is having ongoing conversations on potentially adopting a 5-day timeline (rather than a 2-week timeline) once in the red tier to align with the new state guidelines, as well as potentially having grades K-6 return if progress toward the red tier stalls. 

Superintendent Kern did share that his hope is to be able to offer an in-person learning option for all students prior to spring break, but that is dependent on safety plan updates and local health metrics at that time. The board also shared their support of this goal with individual members asking the superintendent to work to identify a specific date in conversations with employee groups and others. Additionally, they asked the district to identify a date to return K-6 grade levels while in the purple tier, if we do not reach the red tier prior to spring break.

Of note, an updated version of the district’s COVID-19 Safety Plan is expected to be finalized by the end of this week. School site-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plans are expected to be finalized no later than March 5. Plans will be uploaded to school websites once finalized.

Staff also shared that the district, in partnership with Sacramento County Public Health, Dignity Health, and UC Davis Health, hosted a community COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Feb. 20, where more than 2,000 community members, educators and school employees received vaccinations. A second clinic is planned for Feb. 27 for those age 65+ and San Juan Unified employees, helping to add another layer of safety as the district works to return to in-person learning.

Arts Education Month

The board adopted a resolution recognizing the month of March as Arts Education Month.

In other news...

  • Hearings were held on two charter school petition renewals. The board approved the renewal of Gateway International Charter School’s renewal petition for a five-year term by a unanimous vote. The renewal of California Montessori Project San Juan Campuses charter schools will return to the board for action on April 13. 
  • The board reviewed resolutions related to the reduction of particular kinds of services due to lack of funds or work. These resolutions detail positions that will be reduced or eliminated in the next school year.

The next board meeting will be held on March 9 at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.sanjuan.edu/boardmeeting for details. You can also view videos of prior board meetings on the district’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/SanJuanUnified.