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Board Briefs - June 9, 2020

Here are a few highlights from the San Juan Unified Board of Education’s most recent regular meeting on Tuesday, June 9 (the full agenda packet can be found here). To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the June 9 board meeting was conducted using the Zoom meeting platform, which allowed attendees to join the meeting virtually.  

Board endorses Superintendent’s statement from June 1

On May 25, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man was brutally killed in Minneapolis, highlighting the racism, bias and deadly violence faced by Black Americans and persons of color throughout the United States. In response, protests have been held throughout the nation, including locally, and involving many San Juan Unified students, staff members, families and community members. In support of those individuals feeling the pain of this incident and those taking positive action to influence change, the superintendent issued a statement of support. The board voted to endorse the statement at the June 9 meeting.

Additionally, district staff worked in consultation with advocates from community organizations to design and organize listening sessions that will focus on providing an opportunity to share voice and heal, then be followed with a specific session to identify actions we can take to build upon our efforts to end racism and bias within our own system and contribute to its end in our community and world. 

Board hears COVID-19 operations update

On April 22, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an executive order clarifying changes to existing Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) requirements as a result of COVID-19. The LCAP was delinked from budget approval for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, and the deadline for a one-year LCAP, covering the 2020-2021 school year, was moved to Dec. 15, 2020. In lieu of an LCAP, local education agencies are required to submit a written report describing their actions to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on children and families. 

As a result, staff presented the board with a COVID-19 operations update outlining the district’s response and support of students, families and staff as a result of the pandemic. Additionally, the update outlines the result of the district’s recent parent survey and potential reopening options in the fall. The full presentation is available.

In other news…

  • The board held a public hearing and adopted the proposed 2020-2021 budget. 

The Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, June 23. Agendas are posted online Fridays before each meeting and can be found here. Audio files and transcripts from past board meetings can be accessed here.