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Board Highlights - September 28, 2020

At their regular meeting on September 28, 2020, the Board of Director of Longview Public Schools:

Approved the consent agenda which contained Minutes from their September 14th and 21st meetings, the personnel report, contracts, warrants and an iGrants Form 217 Highly Capable Program Application for 2020-21.

Heard a request to continue the board meetings in Zoom when the board returns to in-person meetings because a large number of people have been attending the Zoom meetings; heard an inquiry about the school board vacancy, and a concern from a teacher who wanted more information about middle school cohort plans.

Heard the latest COVID-19 data for Cowlitz County.

Passed a motion to approve transitioning to hybrid learning by moving to stage 2 on 10/19, stage 3 on 10/26, and stage 5 on November 9. The board directed the superintendent to track the most recently available data on October 12 to assure that infection rates are in the moderate range. If infection rates are not in the moderate range, the board authorizes the superintendent to delay the start of hybrid learning.

Took questions and comments about school reopening plans. Some expressed concern at the thought of returning to school during a pandemic while others expressed concern that students are being kept out of school unnecessarily.

Recognized Phil Jurmu for his years of service at the district and as a school board members. Jurmu was issued a certificate of appreciation and an award. The superintendent and board thanked him for his service and wished him the best in his new endeavors in Minnesota.